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  • Actors: Bruce Davison, Kari Hawker, K.C. Clyde
  • Directors: Brian Brough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: SunWorld Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LVGXHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,035 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Christmas Angel" on IMDb

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Product Description

Disheartened at her inability to find a job and deeply embittered at the onset of the Christmas season, a single woman agrees to help her benevolent neighbor in a clandestine goodwill mission. Ashley (Kari Hawker) is desperate for employment when her neighbor Nick (Bruce Davison) makes her an offer she can't refuse: assist him in helping strangers anonymously and earn a steady income for her efforts. Describing himself as a kind of wealthy Secret Santa, Nick gets satisfaction from helping others, but treasures his privacy. When Ashley meets magazine writer Will (KC Clyde), the two form an immediate connection. But as a writer Will is always digging for facts, and in time Ashley entrusts him with Nick's secret. When that secret gets out, Will realizes that his actions have consequences, and attempts to work with Ashley to set things right.

Review

This is a fantastic Christmas story and, since a lot of it concentrates on helping others, it can be enjoyed year round. Kari Hawker stars as Ashley Matthews, a single woman who is struggling to survive. The film opens with her large dog, Dash, attempting to rouse her from sleep. She tells Dash she isn't getting up until the alarm goes off. Three seconds later the alarm goes off! So there are dashes of humor thrown in which work well in this film. Her day doesn't improve when the water stops running while she's taking a shower, and her dog eyes her a bit later and his empty water dish. On top of this, her car won't start and she has to take a bus in a hurry to get to a job interview. She bumps into a man, loses her cell phone, and she makes it to the job interview to learn they just called her to tell her they hired someone else! Fortunately, her phone had been picked up by a man she develops an affection for, named Will (K.C. Clyde). The three main actors all hit the right notes and we learn in this story that Ashley's neighbor Nick (Bruce Davison), due to a painful past, now helps people who are in need or hurting. He calls himself "Secret Santa". He hires Ashley to be his assistant and they help a lot of needy people. Ashley, having been passed around to various foster homes as a child, resents Christmas but Nick and Will begin to help her to open up and trust people again. I enjoyed this movie very much, partly due to the fact that it is presented in a realistic way but with scenes of encouragement for the hurting people in the story, including a man who owns a small restaurant who lost his son the previous Christmas season. This is one of those rare films which has a powerful combination of solid acting, tight direction, and a very good story to tell. We happily award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to "Christmas Angel." If you have been struggling with faith, watching this film just might renew it for you. --Edwin L. Carpenter, Dove Foundation

Lost, sometimes, in the high-tech flash of special effects and over-the-top budgets of today's big Hollywood holiday films are simple messages. And every once in a while a small film will "get it" and deliver those messages in a way no big film can. And driving home some simple truths about family, friendship and the need to share ourselves with others is the new family film from SunWorld Pictures titled "Christmas Angel." A film taking a chance on promoting some old fashioned ideals about finding the joy in helping others. A small film on a small budget with a big heart, "A Christmas Angel" stars Kari Hawker, K.C. Clyde and Bruce Davidson in a story about the difference between simply giving and giving of one's self. Of course those more jaded will dismiss the film as saccharine and too old fashioned. And perhaps it is. But it's those qualities, I believe, people miss most about Christmases past. Look, explosions and rapid-fire non sequitur comedy has its place, but let's not completely forget to enjoy a good and simple "feel good" Christmas movie offering an undeniable optimism especially now when the world is a bit overwhelming and financially uncertain. --Tony Toscano, Talking Pictures

Customer Reviews

Great story and a good cast.
Alan J. Ryan
Shows the heart of one man who doesn't have many more days to go, but teaches a young lady to love the unfortunate of this world the way he does.
Stephen A. Letendre
I'm grateful to people who make movies like this.
Farnz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By J. Olsen on December 2, 2009
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Though it doesn't seem to be a big budget production, it struck me as being well done, if for the message alone. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could, but since I can't I rounded it up to 5 because I felt it did deserve more than 4. The story is outlined in the product description, so I won't repeat it. This was a moving story that made me teary-eyed at times, but in a good way. The ony reason I could see for giving it a PG rating was that it did deal with a death at one point, so I guess that was the "thematic element." There was no foul language, violence or sex. It is all very family appropriate. It teaches a great message about people mattering so much more than things.
My only complaint is that there are a few places in the movie where the characters don't say their lines very clearly and it was difficult to catch the words. This is not the case with Bruce Davison's character--he is excellent, as usual.
The movie presents a much needed reminder about the things that are of greatest worth in life, and it does it without feeling heavy-handed.
My husband thinks many of the modern Christmas movies are pretty sappy, but he actually enjoyed this one.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie B. Carr on December 2, 2009
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Most Christmas movies have a special place in my heart and I have never felt that there were enough good ones. I was attracted to this by the synopsis of the story and the fact that I think Bruce Davison is a terrific actor.

What I didn't expect was to be watching this the day after my brother passed away after a long, drawn out illness. But I was trying to find something that I thought would occupy my mind for a little while. It gave me a great deal more than I'd bargained for. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone--it says a great deal about renewing the spirit and caring about other people as well as being a great Christmas story. Yes, there are some sad moments, but I had shed so many tears that a few more didn't seem to matter. There were some instances that the acting left a bit to be desired (not Mr. Davison's), but the overall feel and idea of the story should not be missed. In a world where car chases and gratuitous violence seem to rule a large sector of our entertainment choices, I'd take something like this any day of the week. Give it a try--you'll be glad you did.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Book Mama on November 20, 2009
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We just watched this yesterday and really enjoyed it. It is an interesting story and it is great to see how lives can be changed by just one person. Mystery, romance and lots of Christmas good cheer.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ginger snapp on December 1, 2009
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Me and my husband finally agreed that this movie was a holiday movie worth watching. After watching many of the classics that you watch year after year. We found this movie to have a different edge. It was definitely more modern than the usual holiday movies. This movie focused on the true meaning of christmas. The joy of giving is emphasized and is what the movie is about. It had its happy and sad and was overall a very good movie because in the end you feel as though you yourself want to become a secret santa..
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Penny Zeller, Christian Author and Speaker on December 18, 2009
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While it was a little slow at the beginning, this movie did pick up the pace and had a great message about giving and putting others before yourself. One of the main characters, "Nick" was an excellent actor and very convincing. As such, the viewer couldn't help but like him right away. I only wish someone had explained the story behind "The Drummer Boy" song to the lead female character as she seemed greatly disturbed by this song.

All in all, I would recommend this movie for "Family Night" and applaud the producers for creating a good family movie void of any foul language, sexuality, or violence. I have added Christmas Angel to my Mom-Approved Family Movie list on my wordpress blog.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K.R. on February 11, 2010
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This is one of my favorite family Christmas movies, but I think it is not just for Christmas. I watch it whenever I feel down. It is so uplifting. I love movies that show how people can change for the better. This is a movie that makes you want to go out and do something nice for somebody. It will make you laugh and cry, and will leave you with a good feeling inside. I bought it because I needed one more thing to get free shipping. I am so glad I did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MtMiss on January 13, 2011
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Mr. Davison is his usual terrific self, and brings his great acting ability to this movie. I feel inspired, humbled, and hopeful every time I watch it. It is an amazing trip watching the other two stars, Ashley and Will, grow from self absorbed individuals into loving and caring adults. Watching and following Nick, they see a man who, by living a life of power, influence, and wealth, has discovered the true meaning of happiness. The story has many messages, all of which if followed would make the world a much better place to live. Aside from some minor production errors, the acting and story line is great and this has become one of my favorite movies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roy Allen on December 24, 2011
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I feel the message is perfect for the Christmas season. The quiet subtle changes in people's lives makes me want to be better. I was especially pleased that there was no swearing or sex, but just a good clean movie to be long remembered.
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