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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a special night with One Special Night...
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,...
Published on August 9, 2003 by Deborah A. Griffin

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3.0 out of 5 stars One Special Night Not So Special
This is a great movie and I have wanted to see it again since its' initial performance on TV. I purchased it for the closed captioning provided with the programs as I am semi- deaf. Unfortunately the closed captioning was in Spanish.
Published 16 months ago by Benjamin L Speed


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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a special night with One Special Night..., August 9, 2003
This review is from: One Special Night (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Andrews And A Touching Christmas Story; The Perfect Combination, November 1, 2005
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Simon Davis (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: One Special Night (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. After an amusing trip on a tractor the pair seek refuge in an unoccupied cabin and are forced to stay the night there as the blizzard increases in ferocity and communications have been cut. However after the initial antagonism the pair; so very different in every way, over the course of the evening find a great source of comfort in each others company as they talk about their families and their own lives and especially their partners, in Robert's case a terminally sick wife and in Catherine's case her deceased but much missed husband. After spending the evening in the cabin the pair are finally rescued in the morning by Robert's son in law and they make a date to meet in a week's time at a coffee house they both know. However the best laid plans often go astray and the day they are due to meet Robert's wife dies and Catherine believes he decided against further contact. It takes the approaching delivery of Robert's grandchild to finally reunite the pair just as Christmas begins when at the hospital Catherine finally discovers the real reason why Robert didn't arrive at the coffee house. All ends happily when the actual birth of the child at which Catherine is present cements the future relationship that this couple never expected to have happen to them at this supposedly "late" period of their lives

Despite the story of "One Special Night", being opened out with an examination of the family problems among the siblings of James Garner's character this film is very much a two character study from beginning to end. I often feel that because of her extraordinary musical talents and her huge string of successes in that area with classics like "Mary Poppins", and "The Sound of Music", Julie Andrews' dramatic abilities are often strangely overlooked. You only have to go back to the first collaboration between Julie and James Garner "The Americanisation of Emily", to see what she was capable of if given a strong dramatic role. Here in "One Special Night", she is again given a similiar opportunity to shine dramatically and as in her work in another earlier television movie she made with Ann Margaret titled "Our Sons", which dealt with the effects of A.I.D s on two families she proves what a superb dramatic actress she truly is. As the lonely Catherine still not dealing with her husband's passing she is both strong and vulnerable and is always very identifiable to anyone who has suffered a similar loss. Her chemistry with James Garner in "One Special Night", is vivid as always and it is a credit to these two gifted performers that their three films together have all been so different in content and the demands they have placed on them as performers with both coming up trumps each time. James Garner gives I believe one of his finest recent performances and is on a par with his superlative work in the tragic television movie "Heartsounds", which he made with Mary Tyler Moore many years back. The screenplay despite dealing with a Christmas themed story never shirks from displaying real human emotion and the romance between Catherine and Robert is never a smooth sailing affair but is one that experiences numerous misunderstandings and crossed signals that do threaten to end the connection these two older people have made with each other. "One Special Night", abounds with many beautiful moments that will touch your heart, some standouts being Julie/Catherine's venture into the coffee shop to hopefully meet up again with Robert to enjoyed the establishment's famed chocolate chip pancakes only to miss Robert who is called to the hospital by his wife's deteriorating condition, and especially when Catherine arrives at the hospice to spend time in her late husband's room as she often does only to be told the room is now taken by a new patient indicating that life outside her little world is moving on. The look of this television film is also one of its very special qualities with the city of Montreal itself playing a big role in providing the type of chilling environment that is the vital crux for how these two people meet, spend time together, and gradually fall in love.

Veteran performers Julie Andrews and James Garner are just at the right age now to make this romantic story both touching and very believable. Both their characters in the screenplay are not perfect and to a certain extent are comfortable in their ways and routines when their characters unexpectedly meet. "One Special Night", is really your perfect Christmas story but it does go far beyond simply celebrating the festive season in it's story. It instead gives a detailed examination of human resilience in times of tragedy and through periods of loneliness. Certainly it celebrates the belief that opposites can attract and its strong message that love can unexpectedly find you at any age is a welcome relief in our present youth oriented society. Julie Andrews is always a delight on screen and teaming with pal and former co star James Garner the two make a memorable screen team yet again in role svery different to their previous collaborations. For the perfect Christmas story laced with romance and warm feeling you can't go past the touching "One Special Night". Enjoy!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite holiday movies, December 1, 2002
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This review is from: One Special Night [VHS] (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
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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
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Special Night, September 3, 2005
This review is from: One Special Night (DVD)
This is a "keeper". I've watched it three or four times and enjoyed it each time. I wish there were more movies like this to watch. The actors were superb and the scenery was just beautiful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Entertainment, October 6, 2002
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D. Matthews "debauthor" (Everett, WA United States) - See all my reviews
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A wonderful tale in classical Julie Andrews style. Julie Andrews and James Garner make a great team in this heartwarming holiday tale about second chances in life. They're two unlikely people who get stranded overnight in a snowstorm and discover that love CAN come again. I taped it when it was on TV and have watched it many times since. The tape is a must-have part of anyone's holiday collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, August 5, 2005
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This is a great movie. It's a wonderful story and Julie Andrews and James Garner have great chemistry. It's something that the family can watch.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice movie..., September 8, 2007
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Michelle Polk (Mississippi, USA) - See all my reviews
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Can be view as a family. A little language to listen to but nothing too bad. I didn't care for the story line because the man (james garner)is still married while he attempts to start a new romance. If they would have been both widowers it would have been more appropriate and would have been more enjoyable. The commaradery is very fun. They go back and forth like pros. The ending is good and sweet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!, October 2, 2002
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This is one of my absolute favorite Christmas movies! It would be hard to make it any better. Julie Andrews is fantastic as Catherine Howard, a pediatric cardiologist. James Garner shines in his role, as well. This movie is so sentimental. It's a great movie for entire families to watch between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The movie actually starts at Thanksgiving... There are only a few profanities in this movie. Other than that it's great for everyone. Watch this movie this Christmas! You won't be a bit sorry.
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One Special Night by Roger Young (DVD - 2002)
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