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The Christmas Box / Timepiece (1995)

Richard Thomas , Maureen O'Hara , Marcus Cole  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Thomas, Maureen O'Hara, Annette O'Toole, Kelsey Mulrooney, Robert Curtis Brown
  • Directors: Marcus Cole
  • Writers: Greg Taylor, Richard Fielder, Richard Paul Evans
  • Producers: Allan Henderson, Beth Polson, Brent Shields, Chris Harding
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: CBS Television
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ALPIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Christmas Box / Timepiece" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Hallmark's warm, 1995 made-for-television movie The Christmas Box and its darker, 1996 prequel, Timepiece, are logically and delightfully paired in this DVD package. In the former, Richard Thomas plays Richard, a ski-shop owner consumed with work and unhappy about his family's insistence on sharing a lonely mansion with Mary, an icy, humorless widow (Maureen O'Hara). While Richard's wife and child develop loving ties with Mary, he suffers recurring dreams and grows convinced the house is haunted by a tragedy from the old woman's past. Timepiece jumps ahead 16 years from the resolution of that story, then takes us back to the 1940s, when Mary (Naomi Watts) and her late husband, David (Kevin Kilner), a wealthy arms supplier to America's war effort, marry and endure both a bogus murder trial and a crushing family loss. While it's wonderful to see O'Hara, Timepiece proves the grittier, more interesting film, helped mightily by a cast including James Earl Jones and Ellen Burstyn. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarmers December 14, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As incredibly sappy as it sounds, "The Christmas Box" and its prequel "Timepiece" are heartwarming. Now both are included on DVD, letting us into the bittersweet story of the Parker and the Evans families, from the 1940s to the 1990s.
In "The Christmas Box," the Evans family is interviewed by elderly, wealthy widow Mrs. Parkin (Maureen O'Hara) for a live-in status, since their apartment is too small for them now. To their surprise, they are brought in on a trial basis, and mom Keri (Annette O'Toole) and daughter Jenna (Kelsey Mulrooney) rapidly grow closer to the old woman. But Richard (Richard Thomas) is often busy -- so busy that he's almost never there for his family. But Mrs. Parkin's mysterious past, a cache of old letters, and a strange question lead him back to the first gift of Christmas.
"Timepiece" shifts back in time to the end of World War II. David Parkin (Kevin Kilner) is the owner of a successful, extremely busy company. He takes on a new secretary, Mary Anne Chandler (Naomi Watts), and begins to fall in love with her. But she has a secret: She's pregnant and unmarried. Undaunted, David marries her and they raise her daughter as their own. But when David's friend Lawrence (James Earl Jones) becomes the target of a gang's racism, something tragic will happen to the new family.
The films are rather different in tone, although both will probably leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling, especially during the Christmas season. "Christmas Box" is a Christmas movie with a touch of mystery (who are the letters to? And what happened in Mary Anne's past?), whereas "Timepiece" is a straightforward family/friends story with a touch of tragedy and Christmas.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies January 17, 2005
The Christmas Box and The Timepiece are both based on the books by Richard Evans. I have seen them both on TV and can't wait to get them on DVD. What is so interesting about the books are that they are based on true stories. Like one reviewer said the main character in the Christmas Box is named Richard Evans.

The Christmas box is a good family movie but the Timepiece I would save for older kids because there is a fire, a death, and a murder. Language is not a problem in either which in today's society is hard to find.

These movies are well worth your time.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful stories December 17, 2003
By Sevni
"The Christmas Box" is my favorite Christmas movie. It's about a guy who works too much and doesn't spend time with his family around Christmas time, and who has to learn what is important for a Christmas miracle. Very sad and pretty.
And "Timepiece" is even better. It's a prequel, sort of, which tells the story about Mary Parkin and what happened to her family. Also very sad and pretty, and it has Naomi Watts and James Earl Jones as well.
Two wonderful TV movies that are just amazing to watch at Christmastime with your family.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Christmas Movie November 21, 2005
This is a movie about a couple, Richard and Keri (Played by Richard Thomas and Annette O'Toole) and their young daugher Jenna. After living in a small apartment decide to move into a stately mansion in Salt Lake City to care for an elderly woman, Mary Parkin (played by Maureen O'Hara.)
Mary Parkin is older, and in declining health. As Keri takes care of her, she learns of Mary's illness. She finds Mary has not long to live. Mary and Jenna take a liking to each other. Jenna accidently breaks a vase and writes Mary a book about how sorry she was to have broken the vase, thinking the vase is very old and it not replaceable. Mary tells her she never liked the vase in the first place.
Richard is putting in long hours at a new Ski Supply business he and a friend have just opened.
Richard Thomas consequently is not spending enough time with his daughter during the Christmas season.
Jenna asks Richard to go find a Christmas tree with her and Richard is too busy, to find a tree with her. At this point Mary asks Richard what the first Christmas gift was. Richard cannot answer but says he will give it some thought.
Mary continues to ask him every few days, what the gift was, and Richard is not able to answer.

During the night all of the sudden Richard is having nightmares about a Christmas Box that is found in the attic.
This box begins to haunt Richard as he tries to unfold the mystery of the box. He is unable to sleep at nigt. He keeps seeing an angel that looks like a child. He goes to the box and finds letters and reads the love letters written about the angel (child)
In the process Mary Parkin who sees that Jenna needs to be with her Father more tries to make Richard understand the true meaning of Christmas.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Family Movie! August 27, 2006
It is wonderful to see that a movie can still be made that doesn't include sex & violence, and when that movie comes with such a heart warming story it makes it extra special! Thank you to whomever produced and financed this movie. Thanks also to Richard Paul Evans for writing such beautiful stories!!!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Box / Timepiece January 20, 2007
My husband and I sat and watched both of these movies and really enjoyed watching them both.Great Christmas story for all ages.Richard Thomas was wonderful in this movie.Also purchased because it was recommened Homecoming a Christmas Story. Another excellent story for all ages.Has Richard Thomas in it also.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars i like the box better than time piece but they are ...
i like the box better than time piece but they are both soooo good. time piece gives you the background where the widow came from in Christmas box
Published 2 days ago by johna charles
5.0 out of 5 stars holiday great
favorite Christmas movie and always enjoy watching it over and over
Published 18 days ago by pelon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful Movie.
Published 25 days ago by MarilynJ. Borrowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear jerkers!
Oh my goodness such a good Christmas duo. Must see!
Published 1 month ago by Nancy W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Story
I had The Christmas Box on VHF and enjoyed it so much I replaced it on DVD. A good clean story about learning what is truly important in life.
Published 2 months ago by ckb
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic
Excellent film!
Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
The Christmas box is one of my favorite Christmas movies
Published 3 months ago by DAVE MILLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Great combo purchase
Had been looking for both movies and was glad to find them in one combo sale at a good price.
Published 6 months ago by Dawn Pullen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
These movies were great, just not ones that worked for me. I have passed them on to others who love them. Some movies speak to me, some don't. These two didn't. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Deb in Everett
5.0 out of 5 stars Timepiece and The Christmas Box
I felt like these movies were a sweet, kind, thoughtful and true to life movies that the whole family could enjoy.
Published 7 months ago by ned b roueche
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