Monday, January 14, 2013

Hallmark Channel Movie: The Thanksgiving House

MOVIE REVIEW

The Thanksgiving House

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: November 2, 2013

Pictured above: Emily Rose and Justin Bruening.





CAST:

Lindsay Wagner ... Abigail
Emily Rose ... Mary Ross
Justin Bruening ... Everett
Adam Kaufman ... Rick
Bruce Boxleitner ... Parker
Cerina Vincent ... Ashleigh
Julia Jones ... Victoria
Cassidy Ann Shaffer ... Girl
Ben Giroux ... Quincy
Ramon De Ocampo ... Spence
Nora Sakal ... Uncle Bill's Daughter
Tim Trobec ... Mr. Carney
Greg Haines ... Uncle Bill
Cory Blevins ... Fenton
Patrick Connell ... Uncle Bill's Son





PLOT:

When a Boston lawyer inherits a house on what may be the site of the first Thanksgiving, she battles with a local historian to keep it from becoming a tourist attraction.


More from Hallmark press release:

When Boston lawyer Mary Ross (Rose) inherits a house in Plymouth from her late aunt, she has no idea she may have inherited a historical treasure. Mary's initial desire to sell the house is supported by her slick boyfriend, Rick (Kaufman), but she is shocked to discover local historian Everett Mather (Bruening) has evidence that her house is located on the site of the first Thanksgiving! With the house turning into an unexpected tourist attraction, putting Mary in the media spotlight at the prying of unscrupulous gossip blogger Ashleigh Mulligan (Cerina Vincent, "Cabin Fever"), Everett tries to prove his theory and Mary tries to prove anything that will keep the house in her hands. Suddenly, Mary clings to the house as an artifact of her own history before her happy childhood memories were tarnished by her father's abandonment.

Mary and Everett's passionate battle over the house creates a need for legal mediation involving Everett's lawyer father Parker (Boxleitner), but it also creates an undeniable romantic spark. Mary even starts to develop a love for Thanksgiving that radiates from both Everett and his mother, Abigail (Wagner). With the encouragement from Abigail and a newly inspired spirit, Mary is ready to reach out to her father and celebrate Thanksgiving in a big way. But as Mary and Everett become closer and greedy Rick plots to convince Mary to sell, Mary must decide if it is more important to preserve the house's historical ties, or make it the site of many happy Thanksgivings to come.

*"The Thanksgiving House," is a Mediapool Production in association with Larry Levinson Productions.



Movie Review:

This story was about the origin of the original Thanksgiving... mixed in with land challenges, a little romance, and family struggles.

Everett is sure he has found the place where the first thanksgiving took place. Unfortunately, for Attorney Mary Ross, it is her recently acquired Aunt’s home, which holds precious memories of her childhood. Mary is not willing to let go of this cherished home, even though tourist begin to travel by just to get a glimpse of it, and the local news blogger/gossip, as well as her gold-digging soon to be ex-boyfriend, are all pressuring her to sell.

In the meantime, Everett and his parents, Parker and Abigail, should be the enemy, yet, Mary discovers a great friendship with them. She sees in them, the family she has longed for since childhood. She befriends Abigail, as a second mother, who gives her great advice on family and forgiveness. In the end, they all join her for their own special thanksgiving in the place of the very first. A compromise is made… and Everett gives a gift to Mary, that is very sweet.

A lovely Thanksgiving story that will warm your heart!


See or Skip:

See!

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image via: http://www.lindsaywagnerinternational.com/

24 comments:

  1. It's interesting reading about the Christmas/holiday movies that are coming about 10 months! LOL

    Are you going to do a poll of the Christmas movies like last year?

    Misty

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  2. I'm glad you enjoy hearing about the next bunch of Christmas Movies comnig from Hallmark... though I know very little about this one (as of today: January 19, 2013), I was still excited to share it with all of you!

    I think it's great they are doing another movie with the theme centered around Thanksgiving!

    And... as for Movie Polls - yes, I am doing it like last year! You should see it coming very soon!!!

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  3. I absolutely love all the christmas shows/movies. Anytime you know of one coming up , please put it on here!!!

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  4. LOVE ADAM KAUFMAN!!!!!!!!!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO THANKSGIVING HOUSE!!!!!!!
    LOVE THE HALLMARK MOVIES......SO MUCH BETTER THAN ONES IN THEATERS!!!!

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  5. Who played Emily's father

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    1. Jack Scalia played the character of Mary Ross's father.

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    2. It's great that Hallmark is using talented, older actors/actresses in their stories. Still handsome and beautiful and turn the hearts of older viewers.

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    3. Sweet Movie, loved seeing the older actors who sill have charm and turn the hearts of older viewers.

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  6. The movie was awesome, I would diffidently watch it again!!!!

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  7. Who is the actor that played Mary Ross' dad? My husband and I both know that we have seen him before but we can't think of who he is!

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    1. The actor who played Mary Ross' father is Jack Scalia.

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  8. This was a very good holiday movie. The movie has history, family, and a holiday feel to it. It'll be hard to beat in 2013.

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    1. Yes, I loved the history in it, too! I actually kept wanting more!

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  9. I watched "Thanksgiving House" last night, and I really enjoyed it, Hallmark has another "holiday favorite" that I will be watching every year. Emily (Mary) and Justin (Everett) had great chemistry and the cast, as a whole were wonderful.

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    1. Oh, I agree, Jill! I thought it was a lovely Thanksgiving Movie!

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  10. Was Emily Rose's father played by Jack Scalia? The graying hair threw me for a while but you can't deny the dimples!

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    1. Yes, it was Jack Scalia... known from All My Children and Various Movies! I thought he was perfect for the role.

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  11. Loved the movie, but who's the actor that plays Mary's Dad? He is not listed, and you could not read the credits. Thanks

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    1. The actor who played Mary's Dad was Jack Scalia. (thank you Anonymous - for sharing his name, above!)

      To see what you might recognize him from, be sure to visit his imdb page:
      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0768815/

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  12. Loved the movie, what kind of cookie did Lindsay Wagner's character bake?

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  13. Yes, what were those cookies and where is the recipe?

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  14. Lol everybody wants to know the name to the cookies and recipes ?mmm

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  15. They're called Sugar Slugs! I actually rewound my DVR to find out. I googled the recipe and found this. They're also called Sugar Shuttles...

    http://www.foodchannel.com/recipes/recipe/sugar-shuttles/

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