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Christmas in Canaan (2009)

TV-PG | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 12 December 2009
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DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between ... See full summary »

Director:

Neill Fearnley

Writers:

Donald Davenport (teleplay) (as Donald J. Davenport), Kenny Rogers (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Ray Cyrus ... Daniel Burton
Tom Heaton ... Wylie
Jaishon Fisher ... Young Rodney
Zak Ludwig ... Young DJ
Jessica McLeod ... Young Sarah (as Jessica Mcleod)
Darien Provost Darien Provost ... Young Bobby
Candus Churchill ... Eunice
Tom McBeath ... Carl (as Tom Mcbeath)
Matt Ward ... Older Rodney
Jacob Blair ... Older DJ
Emily Tennant ... Older Sarah
Brendan Meyer ... Older Bobby
Julian Christopher ... Shoup (as Julian D. Christopher)
Paul Herbert Paul Herbert ... Clancey
Rukiya Bernard ... Charlene
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DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between the two, DJ's father and Rodney's grandmother come up with a clever solution that brings the boys closer than either of them would like. Living in Canaan, Texas in the 1960s does not make it easy for a black boy and a white boy to forge a friendship. It is only amid the magic of an unforgettable Christmas that DJ and Rodney discover a land of milk and honey where hope and love make all the difference. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au nom de l'amitié See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The automobile that Rodney's mama picks him up & packs his belongings in is at least a 1970-1972 Oldsmobile cutlass; the story was supposed to take place in '60's. Was this error? See more »

Connections

Followed by Christmas Comes Home to Canaan (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Down Sweet Chariot
Performed by The Crownsmen Quartet
Featuring: Ronald Ray Cyrus, Bill Watkins, Ronnie Large, Mike Barber & Donny
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An exceptional Christmas film for the whole year
14 January 2019 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

The vast majority of Christmas theme movies made each year have single season plots. They can be comedy romances, dramas or other mixed genres but they take place around a single Christmas season. The most common among these are the romances that just happen around Christmas. And most such movies are just fair at best.

"Christmas in Canaan" is an exception to all of the above. It takes place over several years. It's not a comedy romance. It's about family, friendship, caring, teaching, learning, and struggling together. The movie opens in 1964 in Texas farm country where most of the story takes place. It ends there around Christmas of 1975.

The plot addresses racial bigotry that still existed in much of the country after the Civil Rights Movement. It's a look at broken families and how they survive. The movie is based on a book by Country Western singer Kenny Rogers. This is a very good film for the whole family.


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