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A Christmas Without Snow (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | TV Movie 9 December 1980
A divorced woman moves to a new city, trying to build her life again. She joins the choir of a local church and is inspired by the choirmaster, a curmudgeonly old gentleman who will accept ... See full summary »

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

John Korty (teleplay), Richard Beban (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Learned ... Zoe Jensen
John Houseman ... Ephraim Adams
Ramon Bieri ... Henry Quist
James Cromwell ... Reverend Lohman
Valerie Curtin ... Muriel
David Knell ... Terry
Calvin Levels Calvin Levels ... Wendell
Ruth Nelson ... Inez
Beah Richards ... Wendell's Grandma
William Swetland William Swetland ... Hartley
Ed Bogas Ed Bogas ... Seth
Daisietta Kim Daisietta Kim ... Maisie Kim
Joy Carlin Joy Carlin ... Cora Newman
Anne Lawder Anne Lawder ... Evangeline Burns
Barbara Tarbuck ... Carol Thorpe
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Storyline

A divorced woman moves to a new city, trying to build her life again. She joins the choir of a local church and is inspired by the choirmaster, a curmudgeonly old gentleman who will accept nothing but perfection from his group. As Christmas approaches and the choir practices for a performance of Handel's Messiah, issues of racism, ageism, accusations against a young choir member as well as a health issue with the director himself, threaten to undermine the performance. Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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Destined to be a Christmas classic. See more »

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Navidad sin nieve See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ephraim Adams: Mrs. Burns is right, of course; you are amateurs, unlike certain pseudo-professionals like myself who insist on slave wages. Your voluntary and steadfast attendance at these rehearsals fully qualifies you for any definition of the word "amateur". What Mrs. Burns and many others are wrong about is the meaning of the word, which has to do with motivation, not quality. Remember "amo, amat, amas", the Latin verb "to love". The meaning of "amateur" is "he or she who does a thing for the love of it"....
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Soundtracks

The Messiah
by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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Not a bad Christmas film
22 December 2009 | by dsp21953See all my reviews

I have to admit I wasn't expecting much from this 1980 TV movie. However, "A Christmas Without Snow" is a nice little film to put on in the mood for the Christmas holiday. It is about a church choir getting ready to sing Handle's "Messiah" for the Christmas concert at their church. There are some trials and tribulations along the way, but I'm not going to spoil the movie for others. I'll give you a hint, the hardships are overcome with the spirit of Christmas. There are two standouts in this movie. One is James Cromwell as Reverend Lohman. Mr. Cromwell makes one believe he truly is the pastor of this San Francisco church. The other standout is the late Ramon Bieri, he was typically cast in tough guy, villain, or corrupt official roles. In this film Mr. Bieri plays a "salt of the earth type of man." In fact, Mr. Bieri portrays a man one would like to have as his next door neighbor/friend. Clearly James Cromwell and Ramon Bieri stand out in this Christmas TV flick. Check it out and you will enjoy it.


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