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One Magic Christmas

Mary Steenburgen , Gary Basaraba , Phillip Borsos    G (General Audience)   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Grab an econo-pack of tissues, gather your loved ones around a cozy television, and bring on the hot cocoa--it's time for a dose of Christmas spirit. The tender and charming Mary Steenburgen (Parenthood) dons a sour disposition in her role as Ginny Grainger, a woman who finds little joy in life lately--let alone in the impending holiday season. Money is tight, her husband (beautifully downplayed by nice-guy Gary Basaraba) lost his job, and the family must move out of their house. Ginny cannot even bring herself to say, "Merry Christmas," despite her family's enthusiasm about the big day. With help from Ginny's brave and loving daughter (sweetly performed by Elisabeth Harnois) and a Christmas angel named Gideon (Harry Dean Stanton), Ginny undergoes a life-altering experience à la It's a Wonderful Life. The result? Happy endings, hugs and kisses, pass the tissues.

Not a light holiday entertainer by any means, the plot verges on depressing at times, as the family struggles through money issues and the tedium of daily suburban survival. While handled fairly subtly, some of the bridging story--including a shooting, a kidnapping, and a drowning--might prove disturbing to children under 6 years old. And really: if the somber Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas) repeatedly appeared in your neighborhood, cloaked in a cowboy hat and overcoat, would you allow your kids outside? Still, a well-made favorite to cherish. --Liane Thomas


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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie from my Childhood July 20 2014
By Sondra
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Everyone has that one Christmas movie that reminds them of their childhood, if you were born in the late 70's early 80's this is it. filmed in Canada near my neighborhood I'm glad | can share it with my children :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars One Magic Christmas movie review March 29 2014
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Wasn't quite the story I remember. My fault. I should have been more selective in my purchase. Thanks very much, your purchasing service was great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie Jan. 24 2014
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I watch this movie every Christmas eve by myself and it brings me to tears every time I absolutely love this movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Story April 28 2013
By BobbyT
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Great Christmas movie for both adults and children. Very good acting and a nice lovely story. Worth watching every year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie! Jan. 12 2013
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We have this movie on an old vcr tape and watch it annually. Now we have it on dvd and we still love the message, and the wonderful portrayal of Santa by Jan Rubes. It's an excellent family movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie! a family favourite at christmas. Jan. 11 2013
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this movie is hard to find in stores and yet it has been a family favorite for years. I was so glad we finally got a copy of it this year to watch after our christmas party.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It sure is Jan. 10 2013
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My favourite Christmas movie. Gideon the Angel was my favourite guy. Mary Steenburgen was great. A superb story of a family with financial troubles at Christmas. Sure brought the truth about the meaning of Christmas home to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Jan. 5 2013
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This is my all-time favourite Christmas movie. I was very pleased to see that it was offered by Amazon for a great price. Fast shipping. Mint condition. One Magic Christmas is still as good today as it was in the 80s and 90s when I watched it with my family every Christmas Eve. A Christmas classic.
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