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One Magic Christmas (Sous-titres français)
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on November 14, 2001
Mary Steenburgen plays the part of the bitter and frustrated wife Ginny to perfection. I have never seen her play a role this before, it just truly shows what a great and versatile actress she is. The story is about a woman named Ginny who even when everyone else at Christmas seems bright and full of joy, she cannot even bring herself to say Merry Christmas. With money tight Ginny doesn't see why there is any need to be merry. She is the type of person who doesn't seem to appreciate anything she has especially her loving husband, and bright and imaginative kids. It isn't until one christmas when Ginny's daughter decides to do something about her mother to get her back into the christmas spirit and that's when she meets the kindhearted and wise angel Gideon played by Harry Dean Stanton. With the help of Gideon, and Santa Claus she is able to help her mom realize that she shouldn't take for granted everything she has and helps her realize the joy and magic of christmas that she knew when she was just a little girl. This is a beautiful movie and very well acted and with a very good message. Although there are some scenes which are too intense for younger kids like when Ginny's husband get's shot or her kids drown in the lake, but other than that this movie is something for young and old. It will help you realize the true meaning of christmas: family and just how special they are. One Magic Christmas truly is magical!
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on October 23, 2001
This is a great OVERLOOKED CLASSIC movie to watch all year round especially during the holiday season. Now available on DVD in a WideScreen format!!
One Magic Christmas is a classic story about a struggling family who lost the Holiday Spirit and the mother the belief of "Merry Christmas". Through some hair raising events they regain their faith and belief in themselves and others.
In Summary: A Christmas Angel (Harry Dean Stanton) is sent to help a family re-discover the "Spirit of Christmas". The Angel uses the daughter (you'll love this 7 year old, Elisabeth Harnois - the cutest girl with the most adorable blue eyes) to help restore her mother's (Mary Steenbergen) lost Christmas Spirit and belief in "MERRY CHRISTMAS".
Through some tough choices & lessons the mother has her faith in her fellow man, family and the Christmas Spirit restored.
The Angel and the daughter's beliefs guide us through the events and we even get a trip to the "North Pole and see Mr & Mrs Santa Claus!!!! With the comfort and protection of the Christmas Angel our journey is both eye opening and satisfying.
A Christmas Classic to add to your DVD holiday collection.
This is "ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS" you won't forget!!!!!!!
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on April 17, 2000
This is absolutely one of the most wonderful Christmas movies I have ever seen, and I watched it in April with my 4 year old niece.
I have never been a huge fan of Mary Steenburgen--her personality always comes across as weak and spineless, and she has this soft-spoken, almost whiny voice that reinforces that image (would love to see her play some hard, forceful roles, as I have a feeling it's in her somewhere). However, in this movie, she was pefect. She plays a woman overwhelmed by life in general who has lost her ability to love and appreciate all the little things that make life "magical" and "wonderful" and "inspiring." Her six year old daughter has not lost this ability--she restores the "magic" to her mother through an encounter with an angel and with Santa Claus and a series of other spectacular events. This movie not only leaves you feeling good, it makes you appreciate all the ordinary everyday things that we have in life and often take for granted.
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on April 17, 2000
This is absolutely one of the most wonderful Christmas movies I have ever seen, and I watched it in April with my 4 year old niece.
I have never been a huge fan of Mary Steenburgen--her personality always comes across as weak and spineless, and she has this soft-spoken, almost whiny voice that reinforces that image (would love to see her play some hard, forceful roles, as I have a feeling it's in her somewhere). However, in this movie, she was pefect. She plays a woman overwhelmed by life in general who has lost her ability to love and appreciate all the little things that make life "magical" and "wonderful" and "inspiring." Her six year old daughter has not lost this ability--she restores the "magic" to her mother through an encounter with an angel and with Santa Claus and a series of other spectacular events. This movie not only leaves you feeling good, it makes you appreciate all the ordinary everyday things that we have in life and often take for granted.
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on December 24, 1999
"One Magic Christmas" is a wonderful film for the entire family to watch during the holiday season. Its very dramatic for a Disney family film, but comes out with a happy ending. Mary Steenburgen plays a mom who has completely lost the whole Christmas spirit in her. It takes the help of her six year old daughter along with a guardian angel and Santa Claus to change her mind about Christmas. Great moments in this film portray a slight realistic approach about a family trying to cope with what they can spend on Christmas gifts. As said earlier, this movie also comes with some very dramatic moments in it. Get this film for the whole family and enjoy it for years to come!
For some odd reason, this film has been out-of-print on home video for a while, but has been made available again in 1999 on home video thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment. Its available on standard VHS version, widescreen VHS edition, and also on the DVD format as well. Shame on the Disney company for not re-releasing this film on video, and my applauds towards Anchor Bay for doing this. "One Magic Christmas" is a Disney film and yet Disney doesn't have the video rights for it or something? I don't understand that.
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on December 7, 2003
I have loved this movie for at least 10 yrs. What a wonderful story of coming to realize what things are important in life. Enjoy
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on November 13, 2003
This is the type of movie you will either love or hate. My family happens to love it. We watch it every year, it is a must see, along with Prancer. A big part of the fun, is that it was filmed in the 80's and we like seeing the styles back then. I don't think it is for small children but older children will like it. I feel it is the type of movie that you enjoy more after viewing it once. You know what is coming and that no matter what happens it works out in the end. It is heartwarming, but a bit over the top. One of the reasons we love it is that we enjoy poking fun at the extremes the movie goes to just because the main character doesn't believe in Santa. Give it a try, and soon you will make it a part of your Christmas tradition. Maybe you will end up like my family and be able to recite the dialog.
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on January 6, 2012
This is one of those simple lessons in life that could happen any time of year. Set in a town called Medford (some of the scenes were shot in Meaford Ontario)this story is about a young family dealing with a father out of work at Christmas time and having to move out of their house (owend by the main factory in town that laid off the father). The mother (Mary Steenburgen - on of her best roles)is working to make ends meet and has lost the spirit of the season while two young children look for the magic of Christmas to make things right again. A great story about the spirit of Christmas and a rekindled faith between a husband a wife.
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This movie will one day be "discovered" and promoted as a classic for Christmas. I spent years trying to find it in video stores but it seems Disney has not re-released it for some unknown reason. I was overjoyed to find it available here and being able to get it on DVD was an added bonus. Anyone who sees this movie will want to make it part of their permanent Christmas collection. Modernizes the theme of "It's a Wonderful Life" but far more enjoyable than that dated and overly promoted movie. If you liked "It's a Wonderful Life" you are going to LOVE this movie. You will not be disappointed!
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on October 4, 1999
Having given up on modern day movie makers EVER conveying more than "getting" at Christmas as a theme, I was so awestruck when I stumbled on this movie on TV several years ago. Since then, I have scoured the TV guide for it to come on again-- usually it does, middle of the night'ish. Regardless, it is as great a treasure as the Alistair Sim's version of A Christmas Carol. And the shining star is Harry Dean. What an unlikely hero-angel. BUY this video and keep it. It is consummately worthy of adding to any Christmas film collection.
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