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Christmas In The Clouds

4.6 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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A CLASSIC COMEDY OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY AND ROMANCE SET DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT A SKI RESORT THAT IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY A NATIVE AMERICAN NATION.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Graham Greene, M. Emmet Walsh, Tim Vahle
  • Directors: Kate Montgomery
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Full length, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Hannover House
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5YCCY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Christmas In The Clouds" on IMDb

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A standing ovation at the Santa Fe Film Festival -- I've been waiting for years to see it available on DVD. It got only limited release, perhaps because its cast is mostly Native American and exhibitors expected it to have a small draw. But in fact the story is a universal one, full of terrific characters and charming substories - my favorite is the chef who tries to talk diners out of eating meat dishes. The story is about a Native American-owned ski lodge crew that is praying for snow and publicity to keep them in business. When an attractive young woman is mistaken for a reviewer whose approval is essential, and she falls for the hunky lodge manager (and vice versa), things get romantic and funny. Even the last line of the movie is funny.
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A brilliantly funny independent movie filled with memorable characters who behave with the unpredictability of real people. Filmed in late 2001, it won multiple awards at film festivals before being polished and released in 2005- again to positive critical reviews and very enthusiastic audience response. (It was held over at many of the art theatres that screened it.)

The film's central conceit- a comedy of errors featuring a mostly Native American cast- establishes a familiar set of expectations that the characters then confound. (The airport scene, for example, which seems about to land in cliche, veers off in a surprising manner.) The cultural setting (with Robert Redford's Sundance standing in for a reservation resort) provides an exotic yet specific context. Serious issues are handled lightly in which serious issues are handled lightly.

The obvious comparisons for the film are "Local Hero," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and, most recently "Little Miss Sunshine." Like those films, CITC depends on an ensemble cast, lots of background detail, and most of all, at the center of everything, the often missing element that largest budget in the world can't buy: heart.
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How many times can we all watch "It's a Wonderful Life"? I've probably hit my lifetime limit, which is why I was so excited to discover "CHRISTMAS IN THE CLOUDS" as a fresher "feel-good" holiday treat. There is no way to not enjoy this film, which is probably why all of the USA's lead reviewers have given it glowing "thumbs-up" reviews. Don't waste time with a rental, buy this DVD now because you will definitely want to watch it several times this year, and every holiday season from now on!! Happy Holidays to those who have watched "CHRISTMAS IN THE CLOUDS!"
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"Christmas in the Clouds" was first featured at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. This film is light hearted comedy built in the tradition of Native American storytelling. The film had a limited release at the theatres, so I did get a chance to see it. After seeing the DVD rental, I definitely will add this to my collection.

Ray Clouds on Fire (Tim Vahle) comes back to his Tribe's reservation after personal struggles off the reservation. He is hired as the General Manager of the Tribe's ski resort. Joe (Sam Vlahos) is Ray's father who is exchanging letters with his pen pal Tina (Mariana Tosca) from New York. When Tina comes for a visit at the same time as a well known travel guide (M. Emmet Walsh) a case of mistaken identity develops into hilarious scenarios.

Ray tries to rally the troops to put on a good show for the travel guide so the resort can get a great review write-up. That's when the laughs start. But there is a relationship brewing on the horizon. And some tender moments are ahead. Not to be too serious though, funny characters are introduced throughout the film. Earl the vegetarian chef (Graham Greene) and Mary (Sheila Tousey) make a noticeable standout.

Robert Redford's Sundance ranch is the beautiful backdrop for this film. The film captures the resort brilliantly and character is built smoothly. There are many Native American supporting actors that blend well in this film; Wes Studi (Himself), Shirley Cheechoo and Warrior Mouse. I have to make a special note for Inuit singer Karina Moeller of Pamyua who makes a special appearance that might make you shed a tear or more.

This is great family holiday movie. It is not just a Native American movie but a movie that everyone can relate to. The one thing that could have been developed better is the time lapses. But I still would like to see more films from writer/director Kate Montgomery. The DVD contains the Trailer, Reviews and Rewards and Photo Gallery.
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Finally, a movie that isn't too much of anything--except for just completely enjoyable! What this movie isn't:

Not too serious

Not too funny

Not too sexual

Not too hard to follow

Not too many special effects

Not too long

No hidden messages

No politcal agenda

...you get the idea. If you want to sit back and watch a harmless holiday movie (not really what I would call a Christmas Classic, the holiday was more of a back drop and wasn't leaned on in any way for the story), and just be entertained without all the hub-bub then this is your movie! The charaters are so easy to understand and follow and care about and the story moves along at a perfectly steady pace. I never broke my spleen laughing but was happily amused throught the picture, which to me is a much greater feat for a movie!!! Not sure what to compare this too, it really has an original feel to it and is definitely what I would call a hidden gem as far as movies go...it was SOOOOO nice to have watched a movie and been given that warm fuzzy afterwards. Thank you to the everyone that had anything to do with the production of this movie.
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