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One Special Night (1999)

James Garner , Julie Andrews , Roger Young  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Patricia Charbonneau, Stacy Grant, Stewart Bick
  • Directors: Roger Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MTI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G7QH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "One Special Night" on IMDb

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Reunited for the first time since "Victor/Victoria", Academy Award winner Julie Andrews and Emmy Award winner James Garner portray two strangers who take refuge in a small cabin during a stormy winter night and, despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, they are undeniably drawn to one another in this holiday classic that demonstrates once again the charisma that has made them two of the world's most beloved stars.

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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a special night with One Special Night... August 9, 2003
Format:DVD
Julie Andrews and James Gardner are at their very best in this charming holiday tale of two lonely people finding their way to each other after the loss of their respective spouses to Alzheimer's and heart disease. Julie plays a fiesty surgeon who values her independence. James plays a construction foreman with a few old-fashioned notions about what women can/can't do, and the clash is inevitable! It's hilarious, sweet, and funny all at the same time. You'll LOVE watching this video and will surely want to add it to your personal collection. It's a classic for Julie Andrews fans!
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I only came across this beautiful little television movie a few months ago but after a viewing last week I can honestly say it's a pleasure to welcome Julie Andrews back in the kind of acting vehicle which suits her perfectly. Reteamed with veteran actor James Garner for the third time this pair of experienced movie pros work wonders with a touching and quite thought provoking story about loss in its many forms and how different people tend to handle it. Filmed in a chilly Montreal "One Special Night", takes us into the lives of two very different people who's lives have taken some unexpected turns for the worse and how during the lead up to the Christmas season these two individuals happen to find not only each other but also themselves at the same time. Romance between two older people hasn't been portrayed on screen as well in a long time and Julie Andrews and James Garner display that wonderful chemistry that they enjoyed together so well in their earlier teamings in "The Amercianization of Emily" and in "Victor/Victoria".

As the story opens we find these two individuals, Robert (James Garner) and Catherine (Julie Andrews), living and working in the same part of Montreal without knowing each other. Just as the Christmas season is getting underway Robert becomes stranded at the hospital after visiting his wife who is suffering from dementia and alzheimers due to a sudden heavy blizzard. Hospital worker Catherine impulsively offers him a lift home in her car and to say the pair immediately have a clash of wills is an understatement as they disagree on everything to do with life and people however the pair face an even worse dilemma when Catherine's car slides off the road and the pair become lost.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite holiday movies December 1, 2002
By BHM
Format:VHS Tape
This is by far one of my favorite holiday movies! I just caught it again (for the third time) on Lifetime, on Thanksgiving night and it was a wonderful way to wind down Thanksgiving and begin the Christmas season, as the movie takes place on Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas morning. Julie Andrews has long been a favorite of mine and I was excited to see her reunited with James Garner. It is obvious that they have worked together previously and their chemistry is perfect as two "strangers in the night." It is charming without being overly sentimental and is just a pleasure to watch because it is so well written (you really get to know these characters within a 2-hour span)and it leaves you wanting to know more about them, more about their past and their future together. Do yourself a favor, make a cup of tea and sit down and enjoy this most enchanting holiday movie.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little treasure, perfect for a snowy winter day! February 24, 2007
Format:DVD
What an unexpected little gem of a film. Julie Andrews took my breath away in her first scene when she walks out of her house with a winter hat on... she really is a beautiful woman. G-d certainly gave to Julie with both hands & a basket. Andrews' performance was right on target playing Katherine the widowed pediatric cardiolist. The storyline, not unique, but different because of their situations, was really cute & fun with a few unexpected delights.

James Garner, whom I LOVED, in THE NOTEBOOK, was fabulous as the husband of an alzheimers patient in hospice & then a widower. Their chemistry is undeniable.

I remember being about 20 when VICTOR/VICTORIA came out and it was one of my favorite movies! Garner & Andrews still bring life to the screen separately and together. I am a "renewed" fan of them both.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blessing January 31, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What I love about this movie is that it is so personal (although I shouldn't assume to know): the peanut butter by the bed, her harsh depiction of herself as a child, her description of painting and her love of trees, her beliefs in what men and woman actually are (human beings), her praying for another child and God's answer, the perception of her as "mascaline" stemming from her intelligence and strong will, her concern about how people perceive her, the Channel perfume. I thank her for her vulnerability.

A scene I find most moving is her berating herself in bed, at night, alone. Well, that and her at the hospital, listening to him say that he was at the restaurant and the looks crossing her face as her emotions fluctuate from surprise, to distrust, to disgust, and finally to that sadness which is uniquely hers. Constantly cheering people up may have its rewards, but one must imagine the loneliness.

She and Jim obviously enjoy each other very much making the banter between them perfect. This movie is a keeper which people, little and big, will enjoy. It makes a great holiday tradition.
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