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I'll Be Home for Christmas
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Actors: Ann Jillian, Robert Hays, Jack Palance
Director: Jerry London
Genres: Kids & Family, Television
UR     2002     1hr 35min

Robert Hays, a surgeon who recently lost his wife, returns to his hometown with daughter Ashley Gorrell to run the local hospital. Jack Palance, Hays' father, wants him to meet somebody, so he tries to reunite him with vet...  more »

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Actors: Ann Jillian, Robert Hays, Jack Palance
Director: Jerry London
Genres: Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Christmas, Television
Studio: Allumination
Format: DVD - Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 09/15/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1997
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

This is The Ann Jillian and Robert Hays Version!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There are several movies that have this same title, I'll Be home for Christmas and I want to point out that this isn't the theatrical movie with Jonathan Taylor Thomas from Home Improvement or the other TV movie version that starred Courtney Cox from Friends but it is the made for TV version that stars Robert Hays, Ann Jillian and Jack Palance and it is very good and is a Christmas movie/romance story and is about a surgeon played by Robert Hays who had lost his wife about 4 years earlier suddenly decing to go back with his daughter to his small town for Christmas and his father played by Jack Palance and the townspeople want him to stay and take over the hospital but the mayor who also happened to be his high school girlfriend and is played by Ann Jillian thinks everyone is wasting their efforts in trying to get him to stay so his father tries to bring them back together. I really liked this movie and I highly recommend the DVD for anyone who likes Christmas movies and romance books. I don't think this one was adapted from a romance book but it seems like it could have been. I strongly have to disagree with the previous reviewer! I didn't think the female in the love story was too fat at all and it's a good thing that she wasn't the typical too skinny Hollywood actress. 5 stars for this movie and for the actors!"
Better than we expected
Dick Mann | Johnson County, KS, USA | 01/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I taped this movie on December 20, 2004 and my wife and I just watched it 2 days ago. Wanting to get through the movies we taped around Christmas more than we had time to watch, we didn't set our expectation too high -- just wanted to clear it from our schedule. However we were very pleasantly surprised. Of course it had 3 of our favorite actors, i.e., Ann Jillian, Robert Hays, and Jack Palance so we figured it should not really be a bad movie. It was a very good movie with good acting by the three and also Ashley Gorrel and many of the townspeople. It was well paced but in a couple of places I had to rewind to get what was said. It is a good movie for family viewing, and for those who enjoy movies picturing relationships."
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Robert E. Lillard | Lompoc, CA USA | 01/01/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"A surgeon (Robert Hays) who has lost confidence in his ability and his daughter (Ashley Gorrell,) who has lost the feeling of joy in her life, go back to his home in St. Nicholas, Iowa, for the Christmas holidays and come face to face with their past and fears.
Jack Palance is wonderful as their father/grandfather. Ann Jillian as the mayor/former love interest of the surgeon gives a light to the film which is enchanting. A very pleasant holiday movie."
Warm & Pleasant Christmas Story
P. Conable | Arvada, CO USA | 01/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an enjoyable, warm and pleasant family film for anytime to view. The roles were done well. Ann jillian always gives a good performance & does in this role as a hometown veternarian who loves the community in which she lives. She is loved & respected by many. Along comes a widowed father of a young girl back to the neighborhood & his father's (Jack Palance)home as he has encountered some emotional obstacle to his professional ability in medicine. Ann Jillian helps them all to meet the problems ahead and thicken the plot so that the developing story brings high & low moments to a good resolution. How she does it is a good story. I had seen it on TV several times & can look at it again every so often."