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Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 20 December 1987
Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work. Ray and Pete are truck-driving brothers, different as ... See full summary »


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Peter L. Keys (suggested by material by), Michael Norell (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Schneider ... Ray
Tom Wopat ... Pete
Kim Delaney ... Jessie
Zachary Ansley ... Michael
Joy Coghill ... Charlotte
Antony Holland
Hoyt Axton ... Al
Dwight Koss ... Mayor Newman
Barbara Russell Barbara Russell ... Edna Mae
Ted Stidder Ted Stidder ... Doc
Robert Forsythe Robert Forsythe ... Chief Cobb
Charissa Reeves Charissa Reeves ... Sabrina
Geordie Needham Geordie Needham ... Thurgood
Robin Mossley ... Cecil
Brian MacDonald Brian MacDonald ... Dwayne (as Brian Mac Donald)


Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work. Ray and Pete are truck-driving brothers, different as day and night, who are hired by an old friend to bring Christmas presents and one huge surprise from sunny California up to his home town. Along the way, the brothers and Pete's son Michael argue and get stuck in a blizzard, but finally reconcile with each other. Written by Jeff Olsen

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If ever a town needed a miracle it was Willow Creek. And if ever there's a time for miracles... it's Christmas.


Drama | Family


Not Rated






Release Date:

20 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hristougenna stin Alaska See more »

Filming Locations:

Dawson, Yukon, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

ITC Entertainment See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Ray (John Schneider) is hitting on Turtle the new secretary in the first shot you can clearly see a large diamond ring on her left ring finger. On the next shot after Ray speaks the wedding ring is gone. See more »


Ray: What would you think about maybe staying in Willow Creek for just a little while and giving this chili business a shot?
Jessie: Well I always figured home is where the people you love are. So if Willow Creek is where you want to be, I'm home.
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A great heart-warning movie.
13 January 2005 | by john-shelmanSee all my reviews

This movie centers around a very dysfunctional family. One one hand, we have two brothers, Ray and Pete who had a disagreement over a girl (Jessie) years ago, and can hardly stand each other now. They lost their father when very young, and were raised by Al, the owner of the trucking firm they work for now. Pete has a teen age son (Mike) who he is struggling with, trying to raise alone, and getting nothing but resentment and trouble from the boy. Mike resents the fact that his mother is no longer with them, and that his dad has spent most of their Christmas's on the road, hauling freight. Ray brother has his own struggles, having had his wife Jessie walk out on him after finding out he did not want any children. He didn't know she was expecting at the time. Now let's bring Willow Creek into the story, way up in Alaska, Al's hometown. It seems the town is on it's last legs, having lost all hope of bringing in any industry to replace the now closed cannery. Al has a special plan, but a near heart attack keeps him from being able to go. Someone has to deliver the load, and for reasons Al won't divulge, Ray has to be there too. So we head for Alaska, two brothers who can't stand each other, with Mike hand-cuffed in the back seat of the truck. They meet up with a very pregnant Jessie on the way, and as the baby arrives, find out that there are things more important than the things they have been fighting about. They put their differences aside, and a family is restored. Al's surprise brings about not only the salvation of the town, but a new start for Ray and his new family. Pete and Mike also manage to have the heart to heart communication that they needed to have had years before, and become a father and son again. I have to watch this one every year. If you can get past seeing Pete and Ray as the "Duke Boys) you'll love it.

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