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Finding John Christmas (2003)

Max, the Christmas angel, returns in a new story as he attempts to reunite a fallen hero with his family and bring dreams back into the life of a nurse struggling to save her E.R. from being closed.

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Andy Wolk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Bertinelli ... Kathleen McAllister
William Russ ... Hank McAllister
David Cubitt ... Noah Greeley
Jennifer Pisana Jennifer Pisana ... Soccoro Greeley
Maria Ricossa ... Marcy Bernard
Patricia Gage ... Eleanor McAllister
Peter Falk ... Max
David Calderisi ... Dr. Merkatz
Jeremy Akerman ... Antonovitch
Michael Hirschbach Michael Hirschbach ... Dr. Flynn
Kenny Robinson Kenny Robinson ... Pawn Broker
Cassie MacDonald ... Tribune Assistant
Justin Blackburn Justin Blackburn ... Young Noah
Brian Heighton Brian Heighton ... Police Officer
Craig Wood Craig Wood ... Fire Chief Vasquez
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Storyline

Divorced nurse Kathleen McAllister becomes depressed as her ER is about to be closed by budget cuts. Delightfully surprised to spot a newspaper picture of her brother hank, who left town 25 years ago, she approaches the photographer, who can't help her as it was a mer coincidence, but the editor smells a gimmick and posts a fat reward for whoever finds the man whom the public dubs 'John Christmas'. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On December 1, 1958, the Lady of the Angels Fire in Chicago killed children and teachers alike. That fire is extremely similar to the fire that affects several main characters in this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes where Santa's photos are being taken, many of the same people keep crossing in the background repeatedly coming from various directions. See more »

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Followed by When Angels Come to Town (2004) See more »

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Heartwarming holiday story and delightful return for Peter Falk as "Max"
5 December 2003 | by kennethdcollinsSee all my reviews

Having been a fan of 'Columbo', I was sorely disappointed in 'Corky Romano'. While certainly a funny movie, Falk's mob boss character was a far cry from the lovable lieutenant he's played for so many years, especially with the offensive language he used. After 'Corky Romano', I was honestly both surprised by and soured on Mr. Peter Falk. HOWEVER, having just seen 'Finding John Christmas' and its predecessor, 'A Town Without Christmas', for the first time within a week of each other, I have to say that 'Max', Peter's Falk's delightful character in both movies, is surely as memorable and lovable as 'Columbo'. While parts of the movie are quite predictable, such scenes in no way take away from the enjoyment of seeing the story played out. I too wish I had recorded both of these heartwarming Christmas movies, and I highly recommend them whether you're a Falk fan, a Christmas nut, or simply someone who enjoys the occasional feel-good movie of the week. This movie may end up lost among the throngs of made-for-TV holiday flicks, so be sure to find 'Finding John Christmas' before it's too late.


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