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A Child's Christmas in Wales (1987)

Not Rated | | Family, Drama | TV Movie 23 December 1987
Young Thomas is disappointed because it?s raining on Christmas Eve. But his spirits are soon lifted by his grandfather, who gives him a snow globe and recounts his own childhood Christmas memories.

Director:

Don McBrearty

Writers:

Jon Glascoe (adaptation), Jon Glascoe (developed for television by: ) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denholm Elliott ... Old Geraint
Mathonwy Reeves Mathonwy Reeves ... Thomas
Glynis Davies ... Mother (present)
Michael Fawkes Michael Fawkes ... Father (present)
Jesse McBrearty Jesse McBrearty ... Young Geraint
Calum McGeachie Calum McGeachie ... Jim
Gwynyth Walsh ... Mother (past)
Nigel Bennett ... Father (past)
Anne Butler Anne Butler ... Auntie Hannah
Helen Beavis Helen Beavis ... Auntie Bessie
Jenny Turner Jenny Turner ... Auntie Dosie
Donald Ewer Donald Ewer ... Uncle Arnold
Gordon Masten ... Uncle
Bridget O'Sullivan Bridget O'Sullivan ... Mrs. Prothero
James Mainprize James Mainprize ... Mr. Prothero
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Storyline

It's Christmas Eve in Wales. A young boy named Thomas is excited about the holiday, but he's also disappointed because it's raining instead of snowing. His grandfather gives him an old snow globe as an early Christmas present and starts telling colorful, amusing stories about his childhood Christmases that are shown in flashback. Thomas keeps asking his grandfather more questions because he likes the stories and because he doesn't want to go to bed. His parents finally insist that he go to bed, and his grandfather tells him one last story about going to bed on Christmas night while listening to his family singing carols downstairs. After Thomas falls asleep at last, his grandfather opens the bedroom window and sees falling snowflakes. Written by Laurel

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Genres:

Family | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

Cypress Films home page

Country:

Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Child's Christmas in Wales See more »

Filming Locations:

Montgomery, Powys, Wales, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Drake's Drum
(uncredited)
Composed by Charles Villiers Stanford
Sung by Gordon Masten after dinner.
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A Classic for All
3 January 2014 | by reggie-at-randomSee all my reviews

"One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep..." Heartbreakingly poignant those words are now I have become an 'elder' and so many of my family are gone into their places in history.

Since this filmed version simply is the best, truest film adaptation of Thomas' famous work it also must be considered a standard few could match. My tape wore out but now armed with a lovely new DVD I enjoy it every year played on technology Thomas's narrator could have only dreamed of.

Sweet and intelligently produced, we are fortunate indeed to have this exquisite version to enjoy year after year.


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