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The Heart of Christmas (2011)

Candace Cameron Bure , Jeanne Neilson , Gary Wheeler  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Candace Cameron Bure, Jeanne Neilson, Erin Bethea, Anita Renfroe, Matthew West
  • Directors: Gary Wheeler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008MQ6PIA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,866 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Based on a true story of hope and compassion, THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS will touch your heart and bring home the spirit of the holidays. Austin and Julie Locke are devastated when they learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. But with courage, determination and faith, they decide to give Dax a one last Christmas, even if it has to be in October. When the community sees the holiday decorations and learns the heartbreaking truth, what happens next is a miraculous outpouring of caring and support. Starring Candace Cameron Bure (Make It or Break It), Jeanne Neilson (Faith Like Potatoes), George Newbern (Father of the Bride), Erin Bethea (Fireproof) and Matthew West (Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter), THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS is the greatest gift of all.

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    22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie October 29, 2012
    Format:DVD
    I highly recommend this movie, please be prepared to cry as it is very very sad. I think it was extra hard for me because I've buried two of my children.

    I thought the actors did a wonderful job with the medical jargin. Although there are quite a few mistakes, like in the movie they say Dax wasn't sick until he was 3 years old in real life he was 13 months old when he fell ill. In one scene the little girl is wearing a bright pink sleeveless jacket. When the camera angle changes she's not wearing it. Then when it changes again she's magically wearing it again. Still the movie is amazing and it's truly touched my heart.

    I love that 5% of the profits from this dvd go to St. Judes but in my opinion it should be alot more.

    Also Amazon is charging $25 for this movie. Go to walmart. I purchased this for $9.96 there just a few days ago
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars This one's real October 31, 2012
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    Dax Locke was born in June of 2007. He passed away of AML M7 leukemia on December 30, 2009. This movie is his story. Sort of.

    "The Heart of Christmas" begins on Halloween, when a mother is taking her child trick-or-treating only to wander into a Christmas setting. She is told to read a blog and does so. What she finds is Dax's story. For the most part, this movie is not a Christmas movie, though. It is the story of a couple facing quite possibly the worst tragedy they could, the terminal illness that eventually will claim their son. Throughout the film, they spend most of their time at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where Dax undergoes treatment after treatment. But St. Jude is wonderfully supportive, especially in that Dax's parents, Austin and Julie (performed solidly by Eric Jay Beck and Jeanne Nelson), are around others who know what they are going through and who can therefore offer the combination of support, empathy, and understanding that probably isn't readily available in too many places. Ultimately, however, the couple must face the possibility that Dax will not live to see Christmas.

    This film has every chance to be maudlin, and I expect some will indeed find it so. I didn't, though. The script, the cast, and the direction seemed thoroughly heartfelt to me. I suspect that there were some unpleasant moments in the real story that did not make it to the film; Julie and Austin come across as almost perfect, but, as I don't know the real Julie and Austin and as the film does seem sincere, I'm prepared to acknowledge that what we see is an accurate reflection of their good qualities.

    I noted earlier two points. The first is that this film is "sort of" Dax's story. There are clear differences between the truth and the script.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! December 11, 2012
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    Wonderful movie! Great story and really puts your life into perspective! This is becoming a traditional Christmas movie, or anytime movie.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Christmas Classic November 3, 2012
    By ellie
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I had heard about this movie from the people that viewed in certain areas but it wasn't shown here so I decided to buy the DVD. It was a truly touching story and sad but moving story. I was encouraged that people care in this selfish world. I also was moved by the music of Matthew West and have since become a fan. Got a sense of hope of people who are so busy with things and not on each other and then seeing them stop to help a family in crisis. Highly recommend this little sleeper movie based on a true story.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it December 11, 2012
    By Maria
    Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
    Most see, I cry during the whole movie, it is a sad story with a big message, everyone should see it.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! December 10, 2012
    By Deborah
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    The movie was great but so sad. Heartbreaking. Life is short. We must treasure each and every day. And treasure our kids.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of Christmas December 8, 2012
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    So precious...but difficult at the same time. It makes you appreciate every moment you have with your precious loved ones
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't a Clue to what this is: December 4, 2012
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    It was Extremely Educational and an Excellent Films to go watching, it will Help people Understand what St. Jude is
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    The cast of this movie was very good its just the story got me down.
    Published 7 days ago by Karen V. Mcnicol
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
    I hear people complain about how life treats them. This story is tough to watch but if you do, it'll make you appreciate what you have. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Dan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift for Mom
    Great value and fast shipping!
    Published 26 days ago by Jan Karon reader
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love Christmas books.and movies
    Published 1 month ago by Texanne Larson
    5.0 out of 5 stars the heart of christmas movie
    I heard about this movie from dax mom on facebook and I love this movie it really makes you appreciate your health and family. I love this movie.
    Published 1 month ago by Beverly Strait
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great movie. Very Inspirational
    Published 2 months ago by Dianne Kirkpatrick
    2.0 out of 5 stars More like a documentary
    Not really a movie, but rather a journal type documentary. Not at all what I expected. Love Candace Cameron Bure.
    Published 4 months ago by Suzanne Jensen
    5.0 out of 5 stars great value
    OH MY GOODNESS this movie is unbelievable.It is awesome so sad my husband & i cried through the whole movie. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Claudia Rose
    5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch dvd !!!!!
    I don't know if I've ever seen a movie that's touch my life like this one has because I think everybody's had cancer touch their lives in some way or other but this dvd has meant... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Glenn O
    5.0 out of 5 stars LIVE FOR THE MOMENT
    You can read a lot of comments from 5 star to 1 star. The main point of the movie was "Live for the moment"
    It really doesn't matter if St Jude was advertising. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Sharon Rast
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