"The Christmas Choir," based on a true story, examines the life of Peter Andrews who is a workaholic accountant with no interest in the holidays. He has shut out everyone from his life, including his fiance Jill who decides she can't go through with the marriage. Peter soon finds his calling in helping the less fortunate when he meets a homeless man named Bob, who inspires Peter to start a choir at the homeless shelter. With the help of Sister Agatha and the men at the shelter, Peter turns his life around, making the choir's success his main priority. Working with the homeless allows Peter to realize that everyone deserves a second chance at life, love, and relationships.
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Record Label GAIAM AMERICAS
Format Color / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.57"
Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Aug 14, 2012
Publisher EMI CMG Distribution
Availability 8 units.
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|good sale and delivery Dec 16, 2009|
|Movie has a good meaning behind it. Thought the scenery could have been a little more Chistmas(y)|
|A MIRACLE FEEL-GOOD THAT'S BASED ON A REAL STORY Nov 29, 2009|
|"Hitting bottom is when you're all alone and there's no shoulder to lean on."|
"The Christmas Choir" begins from nothing, the true bottom of the barrel, but the men lean on each other, and on those who, in helping the choir, get help themselves. It's a win-win for Christmas. It's a Hallmark TV channel airing that won two "Most Inspirational" awards. And it is that--inspirational.
Workaholic (Peter: Jason Gedrick) gets dumped by fiance.
Workaholic goes to a bar.
Workaholic meets homeless shelter man, Bob (Tyrone Benskin).
Workaholic dreams up "choir" idea.
A Hum-Bum choir is not a frequent-flier tale connected to Santa or a nativity.
A unique and true story.
The dramatized events surrounding The Christmas Choir, comprising homeless men, is heartwarming. The story has a side plot of romance, but the basis of the film is forgiveness & giving & transformations & miracles & second chances. That's a lot for one choir and director to accomplish in 84 minutes but they do it, and it works, and it is a delightful way to spend a small portion of your Christmas holiday time.
One surprise recognizable cast member is Sister Agatha played wonderfully by Rhea Perlman who is a habitless nun working at the shelter with the same in-your-face attitude Perlman developed and made famous as a bar-maid on "Cheers". Fun as well as sincere.
Expect NO extras or bonus material except previews of other Christmas DVDs.
But the DVD is a value regardless, a staple in picking up the Christmas spirit.
Low economic times call for low economic Christmas miracles, right?
|A favorite Nov 20, 2009|
|This will be one of our favorite Christmas movies. It has a bit of romance and a lot of love. You won't be sorry if you get this.|
|loved this movie Nov 17, 2009|
|I LOVE THIS MOVIE. IT IS SO INSPIRING.|
IT IS A TRUE STORY AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES.
|Not your typical Christmas Movie Nov 14, 2009|
|This is a good movie. It isn't just a mindless romance of a single parent at Christmastime--as so many Christmas movies are. There is a romance involved, it just isn't the whole story.|
Peter is a workaholic accountant who has just been dumped by his fiancee. He meets a piano player in a bar who can sense he is down and invites him to "come home" with him. "Home" turns out to be a homeless shelter run by an outspoken nun who is trying to quit smoking. He spends the evening there, makes a donation and leaves, never expecting to return. But after seeing one of the homeless men the next day being pushed along for loitering, he returns to the shelter and helps serve dinner, much to Sister Agatha's surprise. But he wants to do more. On the way home he sees a group of carolers on the street receiving donations. He has an idea and returns immediately to the shelter to discuss it with Sister Agatha. He wants to form a choir as a way for the men to earn some money for Christmas, but there are obstacles along the way. He has to face Sister Agatha's doubts, the men's mistrust of his motives, their lack of training and discipline, his rocky relationship with his father and his own deteriorated personal life.
At first he sees himself as the one doing great things to help these men, but finally comes to see how much they have done to turn his life around. It is an uplifting movie that teaches a good lesson without heavy-handed preaching.
The romance is a gentle thread developing throughout the story. It is never suggestive or inappropriate.
Amazingly, this movie of a rougher side of life has no rough language. I think the term "brain-fart" is as bad as it gets, and we hear that only once. Alcohol abuse is dealt with as one choir member shows up to a performance drunk, violating the "cardinal rule". Peter is very angry, words are exchanged and he quits and walks out on the choir. He ends up drunk himself, which is ironic since in an earlier scene he had expressed his frustration with his own father's alcoholism. I can't think of anything else that might be objectionable to anyone. Things look bleak for a time, but are resolved nicely with an upbeat ending.
Overall, I think it is a very good Christmas movie that isn't just light fluff--it actually has some meat to it. I would definitely recommend it. The whole family can watch it, though younger children may not grasp the message.
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