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The Christmas Wife (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 12 December 1988
A widower not wanting to face his first Christmas alone responds to an ad for "social introductions".

Director:

David Hugh Jones

Writers:

Helen Norris (short story), Catherine Ann Jones (teleplay) (as Katherine Ann Jones)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jason Robards ... John Tanner
Julie Harris ... Iris
Don Francks ... Social Arranger
James Eckhouse ... Jim Tanner (as Jim Eckhouse)
Patricia Hamilton ... Dora
Deborah Grover ... Micki
David Gardner David Gardner ... Harry
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Jack
Christopher Andrade Christopher Andrade ... Tommy
Steven Andrade Steven Andrade ... Tim
Bill Lynn Bill Lynn ... Santa Claus
Helen Frost Helen Frost ... Woman in Restaurant
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A widower not wanting to face his first Christmas alone responds to an ad for "social introductions".

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una esposa para Navidad See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Awkward
11 August 2017 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

Awkward, odd, strained, maybe even inappropriate.

Jason Robards is a widow who doesn't want to travel to see his son's family, but still doesn't want to be alone for Christmas. So what does he do? In effect, he asks a strange man at a strange "relationship" agency to set him up with the equivalent of an escort, but one his own age. Hanky Panky? Oh, no, he says, "two separate rooms".

Whether you like this movie will be strictly a matter of taste. I found it slow, and yes awkward. The situation was so strange, I just couldn't relax with it, and I think that's what you would need to enjoy it.

The acting was fine. The plot was, well as I said, strange. It wasn't helped by the fact that it is a short story adapted to a TV movie and as a result, there isn't a lot of substance to the plot. Most of what you get out of it is between the lines.


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