- Actors: Mickey Rooney, Scott Grimes, Barrie Youngfellow, George Gaynes, Gary Bayer
- Directors: Peter H. Hunt
- Format: Widescreen, NTSC
- Rated: Unrated
- Number of tapes: 1
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000665S8
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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear [VHS]
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Mickey Rooney stars as Mike Halligan, a loveable, devoted grandfather to Scott Grimes who plays Robbie Westin. Robbie and Mike are extremely close and are looking forward to spending the holiday season together. When Mike suffers a fatal heart attack, Christmas joy suddenly turns to Christmas sorrow, devastating Mike's daughter (Robbie's mom), Robbie and the rest of the Westin family.
As Mike arrives in Heaven (a very short montage), he asks for a second chance at life, because he has promised Robbie that they would go to New York for Christmas. An angel gives Mike an assignment that allows him to return to Earth, but for only a short time. Robbie accepts and welcomes Mike's second chance at life and Mike and Robbie take off for New York without the rest of Robbie's family knowing it, which sends the family into a confused, astonished dash for New York in search of their son.
The real impact of the movie comes when Mike and Robbie arrive in New York. Annie Potts (Ghostbusters, Pretty in Pink, Designing Women) who plays Cindy Mills, a news reporter, sets out on assignment to find the true meaning of Christmas in New York, and is left empty-handed and wondering what has happened to Christmas. Mike and Robbie, in the triumphant conclusion, help her and many other New Yorkers re-discover the meaning of Christmas. The ending is quite a tear-jerker as Mike and Robbie are reunited with their family on Christmas Eve.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is a family film. It sends that warm feeling through you that causes you to appreciate your family and the memories that come with each Christmas. Although this movie is not aired on television anymore (obviously because of it's family values), I still recommend that you search for it in the dusty holiday corner of your local video store. It really brings the holidays right to you, and may become a holiday viewing tradition.
Young Robbie's grandfather (Mickey Rooney) has promised to show him Christmas time in NYC. Grandfather dies shortly before they are to leave for their trip...but heaven gives him a second chance to take his grandson to NYC.
Now I am almost 30 and I still check the TV listings every year just in case it airs. It never does, so I am going to purchase the VHS .
I recommend this underated movie for anyone who loves Christmas.
now 31. They really should release this movie on dvd. This
movie is a family favorite, has been for some time now. I watch
it every Christmas....i found a website that offers this movie on dvd!! I recently ordered it, waiting patiently for it to arrive...it was around $18.00 and that included the s&h. The website is raredvd.com:)
DVD. This movie should come back to TV. It is truly a wonderful
family movie that everyone can enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie a present for my brother he loves move and could not find adding to his collectionPublished 10 months ago by Linda K Howard
I love the movie for Christmas time. It's a thought or dream that everybody wonders about. It;s about the here afterPublished on March 31, 2014 by Kenneth E. Marshall
This is a movie My daughter and I have been hunting for several years. We were delighted to find. it.Published on March 2, 2014 by Connie Kingsolver
I just love Mickey Rooney and this movie was just fantastic. It was cute, funny, inspirational and most of all makes us remember just not what Christmas is all about, but how you... Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Renee Mahlman
Didn't think I would find it and
to boot it came with a dvd copy
to back up if the vhs breaks
Another older movie that I had been looking for on DVD... Why isn't it on DVD??? Glad to have it any way. A story of how to spread the Christmas Spirit and that any one of can. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Rebecca Michaud