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One Special Night
One Special Night
Actors: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Patricia Charbonneau, Stacy Grant, Stewart Bick
Director: Roger Young
Genres: Drama, Television
PG     2002     1hr 32min

Reunited for the first time since "Victor/Victoria," Academy Award winner Julie Andrews and Emmy Award winner James Garner portray two strangers who take refuge in a small cabin during a stormy winter night and, despite th...  more »


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Actors: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Patricia Charbonneau, Stacy Grant, Stewart Bick
Director: Roger Young
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Television
Studio: Mti Home Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/26/2002
Original Release Date: 11/28/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 11/28/1999
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Anita S. (AnitaLee) from BRADENTON, FL
Reviewed on 4/2/2014...
I had seen this movie on TV before & it is a favorite of mine. SO MUCH SO,That I wanted to own & keep it. The actor & actress are also favorites of mine.I am sure everyone agrees! Anita
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jane H. (Janie) from PALM HARBOR, FL
Reviewed on 10/5/2011...
A warm and fuzzy, feel good movie with 2 of our most beloved actors. I have followed James Garner his whole career (I started young! Ha ha ha ) Stranded together....the development of a relationship. A holiday special.
Ellen G. from NAPA, CA
Reviewed on 3/23/2010...
Let's face it - Christmas movies aren't for everyone, but unlikely enough, I love Christmas....and I love James Garner...and what's not to like about Julie Andrews? This flick is your quintessential feel-good movie, and that's exactly as it should be for this genre. It's not so syrupy that it's your usual X-mas movie - there are a few reality twists, but overall - I love this Christmas movie, and it's happy ending.

Movie Reviews

It's a special night with One Special Night...
Deborah A. Griffin | Michigan | 08/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Julie Andrews and James Gardner are at their very best in this charming holiday tale of two lonely people finding their way to each other after the loss of their respective spouses to Alzheimer's and heart disease. Julie plays a fiesty surgeon who values her independence. James plays a construction foreman with a few old-fashioned notions about what women can/can't do, and the clash is inevitable! It's hilarious, sweet, and funny all at the same time. You'll LOVE watching this video and will surely want to add it to your personal collection. It's a classic for Julie Andrews fans!"
Julie Andrews And A Touching Christmas Story; The Perfect Co
Simon Davis | 11/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I only came across this beautiful little television movie a few months ago but after a viewing last week I can honestly say it's a pleasure to welcome Julie Andrews back in the kind of acting vehicle which suits her perfectly. Reteamed with veteran actor James Garner for the third time this pair of experienced movie pros work wonders with a touching and quite thought provoking story about loss in its many forms and how different people tend to handle it. Filmed in a chilly Montreal "One Special Night", takes us into the lives of two very different people who's lives have taken some unexpected turns for the worse and how during the lead up to the Christmas season these two individuals happen to find not only each other but also themselves at the same time. Romance between two older people hasn't been portrayed on screen as well in a long time and Julie Andrews and James Garner display that wonderful chemistry that they enjoyed together so well in their earlier teamings in "The Amercianization of Emily" and in "Victor/Victoria".

As the story opens we find these two individuals, Robert (James Garner) and Catherine (Julie Andrews), living and working in the same part of Montreal without knowing each other. Just as the Christmas season is getting underway Robert becomes stranded at the hospital after visiting his wife who is suffering from dementia and alzheimers due to a sudden heavy blizzard. Hospital worker Catherine impulsively offers him a lift home in her car and to say the pair immediately have a clash of wills is an understatement as they disagree on everything to do with life and people however the pair face an even worse dilemma when Catherine's car slides off the road and the pair become lost. After an amusing trip on a tractor the pair seek refuge in an unoccupied cabin and are forced to stay the night there as the blizzard increases in ferocity and communications have been cut. However after the initial antagonism the pair; so very different in every way, over the course of the evening find a great source of comfort in each others company as they talk about their families and their own lives and especially their partners, in Robert's case a terminally sick wife and in Catherine's case her deceased but much missed husband. After spending the evening in the cabin the pair are finally rescued in the morning by Robert's son in law and they make a date to meet in a week's time at a coffee house they both know. However the best laid plans often go astray and the day they are due to meet Robert's wife dies and Catherine believes he decided against further contact. It takes the approaching delivery of Robert's grandchild to finally reunite the pair just as Christmas begins when at the hospital Catherine finally discovers the real reason why Robert didn't arrive at the coffee house. All ends happily when the actual birth of the child at which Catherine is present cements the future relationship that this couple never expected to have happen to them at this supposedly "late" period of their lives

Despite the story of "One Special Night", being opened out with an examination of the family problems among the siblings of James Garner's character this film is very much a two character study from beginning to end. I often feel that because of her extraordinary musical talents and her huge string of successes in that area with classics like "Mary Poppins", and "The Sound of Music", Julie Andrews' dramatic abilities are often strangely overlooked. You only have to go back to the first collaboration between Julie and James Garner "The Americanisation of Emily", to see what she was capable of if given a strong dramatic role. Here in "One Special Night", she is again given a similiar opportunity to shine dramatically and as in her work in another earlier television movie she made with Ann Margaret titled "Our Sons", which dealt with the effects of A.I.D s on two families she proves what a superb dramatic actress she truly is. As the lonely Catherine still not dealing with her husband's passing she is both strong and vulnerable and is always very identifiable to anyone who has suffered a similar loss. Her chemistry with James Garner in "One Special Night", is vivid as always and it is a credit to these two gifted performers that their three films together have all been so different in content and the demands they have placed on them as performers with both coming up trumps each time. James Garner gives I believe one of his finest recent performances and is on a par with his superlative work in the tragic television movie "Heartsounds", which he made with Mary Tyler Moore many years back. The screenplay despite dealing with a Christmas themed story never shirks from displaying real human emotion and the romance between Catherine and Robert is never a smooth sailing affair but is one that experiences numerous misunderstandings and crossed signals that do threaten to end the connection these two older people have made with each other. "One Special Night", abounds with many beautiful moments that will touch your heart, some standouts being Julie/Catherine's venture into the coffee shop to hopefully meet up again with Robert to enjoyed the establishment's famed chocolate chip pancakes only to miss Robert who is called to the hospital by his wife's deteriorating condition, and especially when Catherine arrives at the hospice to spend time in her late husband's room as she often does only to be told the room is now taken by a new patient indicating that life outside her little world is moving on. The look of this television film is also one of its very special qualities with the city of Montreal itself playing a big role in providing the type of chilling environment that is the vital crux for how these two people meet, spend time together, and gradually fall in love.

Veteran performers Julie Andrews and James Garner are just at the right age now to make this romantic story both touching and very believable. Both their characters in the screenplay are not perfect and to a certain extent are comfortable in their ways and routines when their characters unexpectedly meet. "One Special Night", is really your perfect Christmas story but it does go far beyond simply celebrating the festive season in it's story. It instead gives a detailed examination of human resilience in times of tragedy and through periods of loneliness. Certainly it celebrates the belief that opposites can attract and its strong message that love can unexpectedly find you at any age is a welcome relief in our present youth oriented society. Julie Andrews is always a delight on screen and teaming with pal and former co star James Garner the two make a memorable screen team yet again in role svery different to their previous collaborations. For the perfect Christmas story laced with romance and warm feeling you can't go past the touching "One Special Night". Enjoy!"
One of my favorite holiday movies
BHM | Boston | 12/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is by far one of my favorite holiday movies! I just caught it again (for the third time) on Lifetime, on Thanksgiving night and it was a wonderful way to wind down Thanksgiving and begin the Christmas season, as the movie takes place on Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas morning. Julie Andrews has long been a favorite of mine and I was excited to see her reunited with James Garner. It is obvious that they have worked together previously and their chemistry is perfect as two "strangers in the night." It is charming without being overly sentimental and is just a pleasure to watch because it is so well written (you really get to know these characters within a 2-hour span)and it leaves you wanting to know more about them, more about their past and their future together. Do yourself a favor, make a cup of tea and sit down and enjoy this most enchanting holiday movie."