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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042JTF7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a heartwarming Christmas tale about a poverty-stricken family that lives with such daily troubles as an ailing mother. Whitey, the son of the family, and his best friend Jerry set out on a determined trek to find a present for Whitey's 4-year-old sister who is awe of angels in story books. Their mission is to find an angel doll. The story all comes together, ending with a warm holiday message. here is a comment from one viewer, "Just as "It's A Wonderful Life" shows the triumph of the human spirit over life's obstacles and injustices, so "The Angel Doll" transports the viewer to a time of loyalty and simplicity. At Christmas and beyond, the film reminds us that what truly matters is choosing to care enough to go the extra distance. We can recall that, like the Littlest Angel, giving that which is dearest to our hearts -- our love -- is the greatest gift of all. 2003 Color

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Its a great family movie with a great storyline and plot.
Lanae
I love this movie. this is great movie to watch anytime but expecsail during Christmas time.
Beverly Evans
Let the people you care about know how much you like 'em with this as a stocking stuffer.
David Scott Russ

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By keju on November 22, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie is a story of love, sacrifice and giving. The film is set in the 1950s in North Carolina. A boy from an impoverished family tries to find a way to buy his younger sister with polio an angel doll for Christmas, to accompany her favorite book, "The Littlest Angel." The child actors are superb. The story is extemely touching. The movie is for everyone. It will be given to many of my friends and family this and every Christmas.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mybabies on March 11, 2005
Format: DVD
I have watched this movie at LEAST 3 times! The young boy who plays WHITEY is EXCELLENT! The rest of the cast are fantastic.

The movie touches on predjudices and on CHOOSING how to act and beleive.

This IS a sad movie but one EVERYONE should watch. EXTREMELY WONDERFUL!

That a boy should love his sister so much that he spends his salary to buy her a special doll, is so heartwarming. It also shows how special friendships can be.

If you have not seen it DO SO! You will miss out on a great movie if you do not!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Winters on November 7, 2005
Format: DVD
We bought ANGEL DOLL after reading about it in a piece for the St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis (the film has a connection to this facility). Our expectations were not high, but the film was quite a pleasant surprise. There are no big stars in the movie, but the performances are solid and believable. I've seen my share of similar plot-lines (i.e., poor kid or family overcomes hardships to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas or friendship or loyalty or whatever. But Angel Doll does not cross into hokeyville. It manages to remain true to its themes and entertaining to the viewer. For the price, it's a wonderful value for any video collection.
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66 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Lisa K. Troxel on December 21, 2004
Format: DVD
Angel Doll was a sweet, heart warming movie. Unfortunately, there were two scenes that ruined it as a family movie. The first was inappropriate shot of a customer's heavily endowed and exposed (on purpose) chest of one of the boy's customer on his paper route. The boys dicuss the display at a camp-out with the word "boob" being banted around excessively. Are they marketing this movie to families or to pre-teen boys? The other scense had nothing at all to contribute to the movie. It showed the main character showing his buddy how to rip off candy with out getting caught.

I thought the over all movie was great. I really enjoyed it when I didn't think about the inappropriate scenes to which I had just exposed my children.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By bookloversfriend on February 28, 2005
Format: DVD
This appeared to be the kind of movie I like: a heart-warming family/Christmas movie. Yet, the movie was disappointing. The actors were likeable enough (luckily) and did a good job. So, what was it?

This is a nostalgia movie, not a Christmas movie, and the Doll comes in only at the end. Okay, nothing wrong with that. But like so many such movies, this one tried to mute every possible effect. First of all, use of a narrator put the audience at one remove from the story. On top of that, the events of the story happen to somebody else, not to the main character. The main character is merely an observer, which puts the audience at an additional level of distance from the story. As if that weren't enough, the screenwriter has the major event of the movie, the death of the little girl, happen off-screen. It is told, not shown. All of this makes for a movie of such emotional torpor that the story hardly touches the heart. And the story could have and should have. The effect of emotional tepidity is reinforced by the fact that there are only two events in the entire story, which means that for most of the screen time, "nothing" is happening, only the day-to-day life of a ten-year-old boy. Add to that a rug-pull ending: the event we have been waiting for...doesn't happen, and you have an unsatisfying viewing experience.

Bottom line: rent or borrow this DVD, since this is not a movie you'll want to watch more than once.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2003
Format: DVD
Every Christmas season I look for gifts that will "keep on giving". This year when I saw "The Angel Doll" I knew right away that I had found the perfect gift for my grandchildren and their parents.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Scott Russ on November 18, 2003
Format: DVD
Ever wonder what people were thinking when they bought your present? Ever wonder what you were thinking when you bought theirs? Give this little holiday movie as a Christmas gift and there will be no guessing. This is a bittersweet, funny, nostalgic gem of holiday cheer. Let the people you care about know how much you like 'em with this as a stocking stuffer. The Angel Doll truly captures an era when times were simple but life still had all the same obstacles and tribulations. It captures the essence of Christmas, the spirit of love that permiates this holiday, while understanding that this spirit is more human than religious. Past all the glitter and wrapping and "buy buy buy" mentality the commercial enterprises try to apply to the central focus of this holiday, you will find The Angel Doll. Watch it with an open heart and some people you care about. They will love you for it, and you can thank me later.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Good on November 21, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In the way "It's A Wonderful Life" shows the triumph of the human spirit over life's obstacles and injustices, so "The Angel Doll" transports the viewer to a time of loyalty and simplicity. At Christmas and beyond, the film reminds us that what truly matters is choosing to care enough to go the extra distance. We can recall that, like the Littlest Angel, giving that which is dearest to our hearts -- our love -- is the greatest gift of all.
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