It Nearly Wasn't Christmas

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  • TV-PG
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 5.8  (252)

It Nearly Wasn't Christmas is a heartwarming family movie that was released in 1989, directed by Charles Jarrott and starring Beverly Rowland, Charles Durning, and Risa Schiffman. The movie is set in a small American town during the Christmas season and follows the story of a young girl named Jessica (played by Schiffman) who is eagerly anticipating Christmas Day with her family.

However, things take a turn for the worse when a wealthy businessman named Benjamin Crockett (played by Durning) announces his plans to buy out the town and turn it into a theme park. The residents are devastated by the news and start losing hope for a merry Christmas. But Jessica is determined to save the town and find a way to make sure that Christmas is celebrated as it should be.

With the help of her father (played by Frank Bonner) and a group of her friends, Jessica sets out to convince Crockett that the town has something special to offer that cannot be replaced by a theme park. They try everything from putting on a Christmas pageant to showing Crockett the true meaning of Christmas, all the while trying to keep the town's spirits up and save Christmas from being ruined.

The movie is filled with heartwarming moments and teaches the importance of community and the value of Christmas traditions. It Nearly Wasn't Christmas is a true family movie that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Beverly Rowland delivers a great performance as the kind and caring mother of Jessica, who does everything in her power to protect her family's traditions and the town's sense of community.

Charles Durning's portrayal of Benjamin Crockett, the villain of the film, is both intimidating and empathetic. He adds a level of complexity to the character that makes the audience question his motives and adds an interesting layer to the storyline. Risa Schiffman is adorable as Jessica, and her character's innocence and determination make her a lovable protagonist that everyone will root for.

The movie is full of classic Christmas iconography and traditions, from snow-covered trees and houses to holiday music and decorations. It Nearly Wasn't Christmas captures the essence of what Christmas is all about and teaches valuable lessons about the importance of tradition and being there for one another during the most wonderful time of the year.

In conclusion, It Nearly Wasn't Christmas is a delightful family movie that brings together small-town charm, Christmas traditions, and a heartwarming story. The movie is perfect for those who love Christmas movies that teach valuable lessons and have happy endings. The performances are impressive, the story is engaging, and the movie provides a wonderful escape into the magic of the holiday season.

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    1 hr 27 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.8  (252)