CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY
Great Entertaining Story of Love
Starring: Andy Garcia, Mandy Moore, Mary
Louise Parker, Cheri Oteri,
Audience: Older children to adults
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: Hallmark Hall of Fame
Director: John Kent Harrison
Executive Producer: Hawk Koch, Brent Shields
Producer: Andrew Gottlieb
Writer: Stephen P. Lindsey, Luis Ugaz
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The movie opens with contractor Duncan Mayor bringing his wife Suzy home for in-home hospice care. The young lovely nurse, Natalie, shows up and really does care about Suzy and Duncan. However, Duncan is totally in love with his wife. He wants to take care of her. He doesn’t want anyone else there and feels the doctor has forced Natalie on him. Having lost her mother to cancer, Natalie understands. Suzy is clearly in pain but she’s funny, saucy and insightful.
Next door in the garden district, their neighbor, Gayle, has hired a young award winning landscaper, Tommy, so she can win the town’s “Christmas Showcase.” As a young boy, Tommy got in trouble stealing from Duncan’s father. Suzy spoke up for Tommy when he was sentenced and, as his teacher, helped him turn his life around. Duncan, however, refuses to forgive Tommy for stealing from his father.
Duncan proposed to Suzy on a Ferris wheel. She tells him one day that the ride never ended. So, he’s determined to build a Ferris wheel in his backyard.
The amusement park owner has let the park go to rust. He shoots at Duncan when Duncan comes to negotiated for the Ferris wheel. Eventually, Duncan trades his beautiful mobile home and a Christmas tree for the Ferris wheel.
When Gayle sees what’s happening to her pristine neighborhood, she demands that her brother, the sheriff, stop Duncan.
Will Duncan learn how to forgive Tommy? Can he give Suzy the ultimate sign of his love? Will the sheriff stop Duncan? Will all these broken people reconcile? After all, it is Christmas.
CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY is a great, not just good, but great, television program. The humor is hilarious. The tragedy is poignant. The pacing never lets the viewer down. The acting by Andy Garcia, Mandy Moore and Mary Louise Parker is superb. There’s not a lot about Jesus in the movie, although it is Christmas. There’s only one reference in the beginning to “the good LORD,” and the storeowner says he’s praying for Suzy.
That said, the movie’s underlying theme is true sacrificial love, forgiveness and reconciliation. It’s seldom that a movie captures the viewer’s emotions as effectively as CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY. Hopefully, it will become a Christmas classic.
CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY is one of the best scripted, best directed television movies ever made. It’s entertaining, well orchestrated and full of laughter and tears. The pacing never lets the viewer down. The acting by Andy Garcia, Mandy Moore and Mary Louise Parker is superb. There’s not a lot about Jesus in the movie, despite it being Christmas. That said, the movie’s underlying theme is sacrificial love, forgiveness and reconciliation. Hopefully, CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY will become a Christmas classic.