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Holiday Affair (1996)

Finding love and happiness unexpectedly.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Gibb ... Jodie Ennis
David James Elliott ... Steve Mason
Curtis Blanck Curtis Blanck ... Timmy Ennis
Al Waxman ... Mr. Corley
Tom Irwin ... Paul Davis
George R. Robertson ... (as George Robertson)
Patricia Hamilton ... Susan Ennis
Victor Ertmanis Victor Ertmanis
Pam Hyatt Pam Hyatt ... Emily Chambers (as Pamela Hyatt)
Christina Collins Christina Collins
James Binkley James Binkley
Allegra Fulton
Derek Keurvorst Derek Keurvorst
Avril Garrett Avril Garrett
Jesse Cairns Jesse Cairns


Finding love and happiness unexpectedly.

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Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

15 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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Holiday Affair See more »

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RKO Pictures See more »
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Mr. Crowley's secretary tells Mr. Crowley that Timothy is six years old. But Timothy never told her his age. See more »


Remake of Holiday Affair (1949) See more »

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Overall, a nice film, but the story is somewhat contrived, to say the least
18 April 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Jodie (Cynthia Gibb) is a widowed businesswoman with a six year old son named Timmy. One day, she is required to purchase an expensive toy train set for a work-related project. It's nearing Christmas and the salesman, Steve, tries to tell her it is non-returnable but she hurries off. At home, Timmy spies the package and thinks the train is for him and, in general, is dreaming of Christmas Day. Also, Jodie's boyfriend of two years is coming over and has a marriage proposal to throw out. Jodie says she needs time to answer him. Taking the train back to the store, Jodie gets Steve fired by pleading with him to take the purchase off of her credit card. But, he seems in no pain, since Jodie agrees to have lunch with him. A ha! A romantic triangle seems to be forming. What will be the outcome? This is a sweet story but one with pretty unrealistic happenings. The script seems to contrive funny ways for Jodie and Steve to meet, ones that have no credence. For example, Steve gets wrongfully accused of theft near the park where he and Jodie have had lunch, Jodie is called to the station to vouch for him and Steve ends up eating dinner with Jodie, her parents, Timmy, and the boyfriend! Yet, that said, this film is still very romantic and should appeal to the fans of holiday romance. The actors, including Gibb, are great, with the young man playing Timmy just adorable. The sets, costumes, and usual production amenities are fine, too. Most of the content concerns the adults, however, making it an odd choice for a family viewing. Instead, if you are a romantic at heart, do try to find this film for you or your partner but not necessarily your children. You will bask in its triumph of love but your kids may be totally bored out of their skulls.

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