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Christmas in Canaan (Hallmark) (2009)

Billy Ray Cyrus , Tom Heaton , Neill Fearnley  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom Heaton, Jaishon Fisher, Zak Ludwig, Jessica McLeod
  • Directors: Neill Fearnley
  • Writers: Donald Davenport, Kenny Rogers
  • Producers: Dan Angel, Daniel Wilson, Howard Braunstein, Lindsay Moffat, Margaret Loesch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VMFX2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Christmas in Canaan (Hallmark)" on IMDb

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An unlikely friendship blossoms between two 10 year-old boys from different backgrounds in the racially charged backdrop of rural Texas, 1964. Through the years into manhood, prevailing attitudes and the growing civil rights movement severely test their f

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Christmas Movie October 20, 2010
What I Can Tell You: Christmas in Canaan is a beautiful story of acceptance, bravery and friendship. I loved it! I must have cried three times which is to be expected because I am a great big sap. Billy Ray is perfect in the role of Daniel, "the dad". I was truly touched with his attempts to give his family gifts from the heart for the holidays. While the movie covers a difficult subject, the beginning of the civil rights movement and prejudice, you will walk away seeing the subtle ways the film establishes that we are all the same underneath the color of our skin.

The friendship of the boys is my favorite part of the movie although I feel some of the lesson will be lost on younger children. My children have no idea that there is a difference or that at a time, people were treated differently. They were confused as to why people would try to burn down a building, or dislike people. They have no idea what bigotry is and some of words used by the two boys on the school bus I talked over so they wouldn't learn them. Not bad words just needless words.

This is a great movie for 13+ and anyone who loves a good Christmas feel good movie
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMBINES CHRISTMAS, TEXAS, FAMILY, AND HOPE December 4, 2010
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Definitely a different Christmas movie. Billy Ray Cyrus can act and sing well. He performs and wrote "We'll Get By Somehow" the theme song for "Christmas in Canaan" in which he plays the widower dad, Daniel Burton. His oldest, DJ (young: Zak Ludwig; teen: Jacob Blair) is played well by both actors. DJ makes friends with a black boy Rodney (youth: Jaishon Fisher; older: Matt Ward) after saving a pup shot with a gun. At that point the story jumps ahead 7 years. Both the Burton family and the black, Freeman family are poor, living in Canaan, TX, in the 1960, complete with Afro-hair, and bell bottoms.

There is a combined plot/theme of racism and overcoming bigotry, the black vote, and family in this Texas Western which includes beater pick-ups, not horses. Only one gun shot but several heart-touching scenes. A Black Vote meeting ends in tragedy. The children lead the way to promise and HOPE in Canaan, TX. One line says; "Once your family, you always got a place", and this DVD's always got a place in our Christmas DVD collection. Five stars from me and also from my wife. We're thinking of ordering more for Christmas gifts.

Story is based on a book written by Kenny Rogers and Donald Davenport. Davenport also wrote the teleplay. There are no bonus materials, but it did have Closed Caption. 90 minutes of good FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT, with a message. The message: HOPE. PEACE, GOODWILL TO ALL COLORS.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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We watched this movie the same day we received it in the mail... and that was only yesterday... kids have watched it three times already.
What a fantastic family movie! We have a large family and we've been through so many hard times. Where there is family, you have a home... that's the message and this movie is beautifully done! Billy Ray plays as fantastic roll as the father. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed this movie. It made me laugh, cry... and cry some more. So touching and what I strive to live as well as teach my children. Great movie for all ages... I'm 43... and the kids in the house are ages 20 to 8 years old... we all loved it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars xmas movie November 14, 2010
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i just love these movie its a great xmas movie
amd since i am a big fan of Billy Ray Cyrus i needed the movie
iwould recommend these to everybody that loves xmas movies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Life Lessons!! December 6, 2013
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The lessons taught in this movie are simply invaluable!! Billy Ray Cyrus turns in a terrific performance!! It's a timeless, heart-warming movie, and I love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story for christmas. November 27, 2013
A great movie made me cry several times.
No swearing just plain good old Love and
a family that prayed together and stayed
together. The best real Christmas movie
that I have seen in years. Every family
should have this movie in their Library.
It doesn't get any better than this. !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sad April 15, 2013
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good movie, but it is some what sad, but i keep watching it each time it came on and now i own it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas DVD March 27, 2013
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What an awesome DVD. Very interesting and has a terrific meaning. People should watch these great movies. great service, thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
the movie was good and I liked the story line.
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Published 26 days ago by Debra D. Claunch
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Almost as good as the first movie!
Published 1 month ago by Betty A. Fritze
5.0 out of 5 stars Never know who may become a best friend !
We saw this movie a few time s before we saw the whole movie ! It was really good ! Great story line !
Published 1 month ago by lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational when faced with tough situations
Really good movie! Enjoyed the storyline and the fact that, back then, blacks and whites were not enemies and respected each other. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Virginia Bunton
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas movies
I ordered this Christmas movie because I enjoyed the first movie and after watching this one on tv I thought it would make a nice additon to my Christmas movie collection.
Published 5 months ago by kathy c
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this was a great movie for the family to see. Movies should be for entire families and so many aren't ...Very enjoyable.Thanks
Published 6 months ago by Jeri L. Carver
5.0 out of 5 stars A special Holiday Message for all to see & share.
Along with issues & differences, this movie pulls you right into the place in time, then Christmas comes along. What will they all decide to do & where will they go? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathy Mood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Just a great movie all around. Warm, loving, inspirational, and not sappy at all. Well worth the money and time. Will watch it every year.
Published 6 months ago by Dana L. Meier
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
great movie for the family. It doesn't even have to be Christmas time to watch this movie. Great for movie night with the family.
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