Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Night Before Christmas|
Actor: Michael Kelley; Mary McCloud; Jay Lehrfeld; Bill Fogarty; Ramona Curtis; Lawrence Bull
Director: Jerry A. Vasilatos
For some people, the coldest, loneliest night of the year falls on Christmas Eve. "The Night Before Christmas" tells the story of one of those people, Nick Allman, a disillusioned young man who has lost touch with the true... more »
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If Jimmy Stewart can survive Christmas, so can the rest of u
Ingeborg Toonen | Eindhoven, The Netherlands | 11/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this film a delight. Not just because I could totally identify with Nick, but mainly because of the need to find something good to believe in when I feel down and lonely.
To me, this movie is about a journey about the need to reach within oneself to find the happiness we are all searching for.
I found some parts (the car incident!) wickedly funny, as this whole situation was so recognizable. I loved to see Chicago! Especially in Winter!
Michael Kelley (Nick) I really liked because he was so approachable, that and his good looks ;)
Everybody goes thru something like this, at least ONE Christmas in their life's and the feeling after watching the movie I am left with is: hope!
No mushy squoeshy, no sex, no violence and no cussing: what a relief!
Finding the true spirit of Christmas and reminding all viewers that happiness, hope and faith is in the little things we see around us everyday, and the good we can do if only we DO IT!
Like one line in the movie goes: Christmas is not about getting what you want, but getting what you need!
And that is also true about this movie!
You NEED to see this wonderful uplifting indy movie! And if you can't find it uplifting, you seriously need to take some anti-depressants!
Nice Holiday Movie
YT | Illinois | 11/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie has a great Chicago "feeling" to it. In fact, my favorite parts throughout the film are the shots in and around the Windy City.
Most everyone can empathize with the main character and his tribulations on Christmas Eve. The theme of unrequited love during the holiday season is especially poignant.
Be warned that the production values are kind of poor (sound and picture are more reminiscent of VHS than DVD). To me this was a forgivable shortcoming, only adding to the independent feel of the movie and ensemble cast of relative unknowns.
One of those rare movies without any bad language or violence that the entire family can enjoy!"
It Was a Lifetime Original Movie
Raul | Denver, Colorado USA | 03/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It was good enough for Lifetime Television (one of the original Lifetime Movies), so I do not understand the "put downs" as they relate to the production. The DVD has bonus features and interesting commentary from the Director not found on the VHS. Nice little movie, which is most certainly not a comedy, but a look at how it feels to be alone on a major Holiday, and how one deals with the lonliness. This film received several awards, so it is not a fly by night production. It is however a low budget attempt to do something different. I do not regret buying it. Support Independent Filmmakers! They are the future."
A holiday blessing
Cinema Dweller | The Christmas Realm | 10/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this on Lifetime in the nineties and then searched for it on video a few years ago when I was on a Christmas movie kick. It ranks as one of the all time best in my opinion, even though it was an independant film with no famous actors. I enjoy every scene, as well as the acting performances. Especially from the lead actor, who I think adds a lot to the film. There is some funny audio commentary about how his performance in the latter scenes were enhanced. It may not have much appeal for kids (or it may) but I think every fan of Christmas movies will enjoy this. It really captures the spirit of the season and makes me wish that I lived in Chicago during Christmas."