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The Christmas Wife
The Christmas Wife
Actors: Jason Robards, Patricia Hamilton
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2005     1hr 13min

John Tanner, recently widowed, faces his first Christmas alone. Noticing a newspaper advertisement for 'social introductions', John goes to an agency in search of someone with whom to share Christmas. He meets Iris who, th...  more »


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Actors: Jason Robards, Patricia Hamilton
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Television
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/08/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1988
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 13min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Fix some hot chocolate and start a fire in the fireplace...
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a surprisingly good drama for a lazy, frosty, Christmas-season evening. It's well-acted, well-written, and well-crafted -- definitely sentimental, but without being fluffy or soppy. The cast is led by veteran acting greats Jason Robards and Julie Harris, which in itself should make the movie worth a consideration. Robards portrays John Tanner, a recent widower who doesn't quite know what to do with the changes imposed upon his life. When the annual family trip to the cabin for Christmas is jeopardized, he attempts to rescue his traditions in a radical way: he finds a dating service and "hires" a woman to be his family and spend the Christmas weekend with him. Julie Harris is the sad, perceptive, and mysterious woman, Iris, who agrees to be his "Christmas wife" - but only if he will ask her no questions about herself. This is a quality "G" movie (at least, the version shown on television). At the risk of sounding sexist, I would say this is a woman's movie, but some men may find it not objectionable. Children may not be interested in a character (as opposed to action) movie about middle-aged people, but if they are, their parents won't have to worry about what they're watching. Adults who have some experience with age or loneliness may discover a tale striking quite a responsive chord."
Understanding loss
R. Davidson | USA | 12/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This short drama was satisfying to watch even though there wasn't much action. It was almost like a two-person play. It tells how an apparently strong person copes with the dramatic change in his life caused by the death of his dear spouse. Christmas traditions are not the same, so the widower adapts by renting a companion. Jason Robards and Julie Harris are delightful to watch, so professional."
The Christmas Wife
Stephen P. O'Donnell | Peabody, MA USA | 04/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Christmas Wife has been one of my all time favorite movies for over 10 years now and I never get tired of watching it.
As a matter of fact I watch it at least 3 times every Christmas season and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes good sentimental movies."
"Over 50", Life 101
R. Davidson | 09/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're over 50 this movie will be a great rainy afternoon delight. It is NOT a comedy! It is a hard look at life and what it brings. Jason Robards and Julie Harris are two of the classic actors of the last century. Just to see them act together is enough, but the sweet story of how life throws rocks in our path and the way we remove them is great! Treat yourself to perfection!"