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A Grandpa for Christmas


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An estranged family discovers that to understand the past, they first have to face it. For a dear old man on Christmas, the reward is being called Grandpa for the first time in his life. Eighty-year-old Bert Riley is a former movie tough guy living comfortably and surrounded by good friends all vets from Hollywood s Golden Age. With a scrapbook full of memories, life has been pretty good to him. But he never expected any more surprises out of it. That s before he receives word on Thanksgiving that Marie, the estranged daughter he hasn t seen in decades, is in the hospital following a car accident. What s more, Becca, the ten-year-old granddaughter he s never even met, is moving in with him!

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If "To err is human, to forgive divine," that counts double during the holidays. When her single mother, Marie (Tracy Nelson), is injured in a traffic accident, 10-year-old Becca (Joan of Arcadia's Juliette Goglia), is left without a guardian. Due to a rift in the family, she’s never met her grandfather, Bert (Golden Globe nominee Ernest Borgnine), who also lives in Los Angeles. Long divorced from his wife, who has since passed away, Bert is also alone, except for a community of retired actors and agents. When a social worker asks if he can take care of Becca until Marie recovers, he's happy to try. At first, Becca just wants to sulk, but then she starts to enjoy the company of her grandfather and his friends, like the piano-playing Roxie (Soap's Katherine Helmond) and chess-playing Karl (All of Me's Richard Libertini). With their encouragement, she participates in her school’s Christmas pageant. With Marie on the mend, things are looking up for Becca, so it comes as a disappointment that her mother can't see the goodness in Bert, who's doing his best to make up for lost time. Marie only remembers how hurt she felt when her parents split up and has always blamed Bert, but sees him in a new light when she finds out the whole story. Produced for the Hallmark Channel, A Grandpa for Christmas finds the right balance between realism and wish fulfillment, and the 90-year-old Borgnine gives one of his most enjoyable performances to date. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: Ernest Borgnine, Katherine Helmond, Juliette Goglia, Richard Libertini, Tracy Nelson
  • Directors: Harvey Frost
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001B3LILU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Grandpa for Christmas" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Great family movie.
Roger
All of the actors were great.
Linda Jack
It just makes you feel good.
Nana of 7

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Old Softy on July 24, 2008
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A Grandpa for Christmas is a heartwarming tale of reconciliation. Ernest Borgnine is his usual somewhat crusty but loveable self, and Juliette Goglia, who plays his granddaughter, gets to show off her beautiful singing voice. If you like a story about family members coming together for the first time and helping each other, this movie is for you. I've seen it on TV twice. Now, I'm buying it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Ann Jordan on September 19, 2008
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"A Grandpa for Christmas" is an amazing story about a young girl who longs for a place to call home and the Grandfather who gives it to her. This movie is filled with friends and families who heal old, deep-seated wounds and find that loving and supporting one another is the greatest gift of all. The cast is filled with many old favorites, including Ernest Borgnine and Katherine Helmond, as well as, an up-and-comer named Juliette Goglia. I have only seen this movie about three times on TV and I am pre-ordering it immediately. "A Grandpa for Christmas" is a WINNER and is filled with strong family values.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jfneon on September 11, 2009
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Ernest Borgnine is a phenomenon. How he can make movies at 92 years old is beyond me. God bless him. My mother and I watched this movie together last Christmas and we loved it. I really don't know how anybody could rate this movie lower than 5 stars. Great actors and a great movie. I remember watching Ernest Borgnine play a angel in Little House. I also really love Katherine Helmond (Who's The Boss) Just a great move.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. O'Neill on November 24, 2009
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At 44, I figured I'd seen all the Christmas classics. Then, we saw this gem, last year. We loved it, and bought a DVD of it. I don't need to get complicated, here, it's just a nice Christmas Story, and very festive. I'd let Mr Borgnine, himself, know my thoughts on this movie, if I could. That's how much we liked it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Daughter on January 1, 2011
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The story addresses one of the major issues that face divorced and single parents, what does a father do when the mother does not want you around your child? Do you fight for your child, which can take years, and cost tens of thousands of dollars, or do you simply walk away as she wishes? In the case of Bert, he fought to see his daughter, only to lose at every turn, until he finally gave up, never to see his daughter again, until she is injured, as presented in the movie. Unfortunately, his ex-wife tells the daughter, as well as anyone else, that he is uncaring and unsupportive of his daughter, physically or financially.

In taking in the granddaughter, he never knew about, he is faced with the resentment toward him due to these stories told by the grandmother. Bert is faced with the dilemma of whether to tell his granddaughter, and later his daughter, the truth, which if they believe him, may ruin their memory of the late grandmother, or stay quiet. The dilemma is resolved when one of Bert's friends tells the mother the truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Moses on February 28, 2010
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While the girl (Juliette Goglia) is cute as a button, Ernest Borgnine raises this movie to a truly enjoyable level. I heard his work ethic amazed everyone, especially at his age. 80 at the time, he has made 14 more movies since then (2007). The man is just amazing! Juliette is wonderfully believable as a kid needing some fairness in life and finding a grandpa to anchor her life on is heartwarming. The supporting cast also made huge contributions to making this story work. Katherine Helmond as Roxie, Richard Libertini as Karl, and Jamie Farr as Adam were each a joy in their characters. This movie is a great family story at Christmas or anytime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By By BizeeMama2 on December 21, 2010
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This movie is definitely one of the best movies...around the holidays or any time of year. "Grandpa" is just adorable in this movie with his little chuckles & smiles. He's just a happy Grandpa. The daugther, Marie, annoys me because of her negetive feelings for her father when you can't help but adore her father. But, as most holiday movies, it all works out in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger on August 12, 2014
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I love this movie so much that I watch it, just about any time it is on a movie channel or on the Hallmark channel, in season or not.. Heartwarming story with a beloved actor, actress and supporting cast. I own it and I highly recommend that you add it to your must watch list of movies, while you wait to add it to your video library. Great family movie.
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