Friday, October 9, 2015

Lifetime Christmas Movie "The Spirit of Christmas"


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: The Spirit of Christmas

Network: Lifetime

Original Air Date: December 19, 2015


Movie Images via: Marvista






CAST:

Jen Lilley ... Kate Jordan
Thomas Beaudoin ... Daniel Forsythe
Kati Salowsky
Robert Walsh
Joanna Herrington


Jen Lilley image via: Talent Monthly


PLOT:

While brokering the sale of Hollygrove Inn, Kate discovers Daniel and agrees to help solve his murder, unexpectedly falling in love along the way.

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Ambitious attorney Kate Jordan is sent to Vermont twelve days before Christmas to broker the sale of Hollygrove Inn. Upon her arrival, she is told that her appraiser has left and probably did so because of the ghost. Not to be dissuaded, she decides to stay at the inn, and it is not long before she meets Daniel Forsythe, a man who mysteriously died 95 years ago. Wanting his solitude, Daniel asks Kate to leave. She of course refuses, so the two strike a deal—if she can help him discover the truth behind his death and why he is cursed to return to the inn for Christmas each year, he will leave Hollygrove and allow her to finish her job. But as they work together, Kate can’t help but fall for this dashing Christmas spirit from another time, and a romance develops that will alter the course of both their lives.



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Please Note: This movie sounds like it has a Supernatural element, perhaps like "Hello, It's Me", "The Edge of the Garden", or "Lake House".



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60 comments:

  1. Finally, a Lifetime movie I'm actually looking forward to watching.

    Misty

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  2. I can see what you mean about the “supernatural element.” From what I read, it sounds like a Christmas version of “Somewhere in Time” or “Portrait of Jennie.”

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  3. I am excited for this. Jen Lilley is a great actress.

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  4. The trailer is available here: http://marvista.net/Details.aspx?id=5b6ebd7f-49ae-e411-8748-d4ae527c3b65&cname=features

    (there are also some other upcoming Christmas movie trailers on this company's website, as well as some movies we have already seen on Hallmark and such).

    It reminds me of Edge of the Garden a lot, and I loved that one, so looking forward to this one too.

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  5. Literally can't wait for this movie. Airs at 8/7c on Lifetime.

    Jen Lilley, Thomas Beaudoin, Bates Wilder, Kati Salowsky, & Brett Leigh

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  6. 12/2/15 - I'm watching this at the moment in Scotland. It's not due to come out in the US until 12/19. I won't give away any spoilers, but with 20 minutes to go, it's been a great movie. I came here to find out where it was filmed, as I am originally from Maine and the Inn is gorgeous!! Very well done - not as predictable and "canned" as most Christmas movies.

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    1. I too am watching this movie in England 12/3/2015 on Christmas24 channel. It's an excellent story very well scripted and acted and the location is perfect. I hope they show it many more times and release it on DVD as it's a great movie to keep for those special times. Merry Xmas everyone.

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    2. I just watched this too, it was lovely, really touching.

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    3. It is filmed in Barre MA. At the Harding estate. This town is beautiful and right next door to me!

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    4. Actually, the majority of #TheSpiritofChristmas was filmed at the Proctor Mansion Inn in Wrentham MA. Little known fact is that the script called for a long distance shot of the front of the Inn. Since the Proctor Mansion Inn is in the heart of Wrentham's town center, the Harding Estate exterior was used for the distance shot (plus a garden scene and the bar). All the other shots- ball room, stain glass doors, grand stair case, bedrooms, kitchen, dinning room, parlor, front porches, etc etc are the Proctor Mansion Inn. Check us out facebook.com/proctormansioninn & twitter.com @proctormansion . We have a special #LightsCameraActionPackage for an overnight stay, tour and presentation about making the movie!

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    5. Thank you! I saw the movie last night and fell in love with the location! It's so romantic!

      Misty

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    6. It was filmed at the Proctor Mansion Inn in Wrentham, Massachusetts. Beautiful isn't it?

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  7. Great film - really enjoyed it. The hot male lead helped!

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  8. Can't wait to watch .. Love Jen Lilley as a actress. Just not the characters she portrayed but she is amazing so excited to see this . She is beautiful.

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  9. cant wait that long 😭😭😭 ill be 👻 by then 😜 😭😭

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  10. I loved it and can't wait until it comes out on dvd for me to buy.

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  11. This was an excellent movie! I absolutely adore the entire cast! I certainly hope it will be released on DVD! I must have it for my collection!

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  12. Just finished watching it. Loved it! I hope they release it on DVD as I would actually buy this one.

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  13. Absolutely amazing movie. How do i buy this? Would watch over and over again.

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  14. Amazing movie...I'm so glad I recorded it on DVR... The movie really makes me want to know more I'd love to follow their story definitely makes you want more.

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    1. The main filming location for #TheSpiritofChristmas was the Proctor Mansion Inn in Wrentham MA. It was filmed in January and February 2015 during the historic snow storms of New England USA! The snow fall broke historic records and a state of emergency was called in the end. The shots in the front lawn and on the porches of the Proctor Mansion Inn were done in -6degree weather and 5 foot snow piles! Despite the weather the cast and crew were amazing! Jen Lilley (as Kate), Thomas Beaudoin (as Daniel), David Jackson (director) & Michael Negrin (Director of Photography) stayed at the Proctor Mansion Inn during the weeks of filming. facebook.com/proctormansioninn , twitter @proctormansion.

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  15. How does it end?? My DVR cut off the ending. :( and it hasn't been back on.

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    1. It was a happy ending. :)

      Misty

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    2. Thank you for sharing! I was afraid to watch it thinking it wasn't possible to have a happy ending and I don't watch sad movies around the holidays...

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    3. Happy Ending? I don't believe in falling in love with ghosts. Not a great movie, in my opinion.

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  16. Make this movie available for purchase so I may make it a new yearly Christmas tradition.

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  17. Will there be an part two? It's an amazing movie!

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  18. Who played Lilly, Daniel's girlfriend from the spirit world?

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    1. According to IMDB, the actress who portrayed Lilly in "The Spirit of Christmas" was Kati Salowsky.

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  19. My DVR also cut off the end of the movie. Kate was walking out of the front door of the inn, saw Daniel, and started to run towards him. What happened next? Did they just kiss? Was there any indication that Daniel would be "allowed" to permanently stay with Kate? (Lesson learned -- Don't trust a Dish DVR!). Can someone please fill my wife and I in on the final scene?

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    1. Kate walks out of the Inn and sees a figure walking toward her through deep snow, wearing a coat, gloves, hat (a clue that he is mortal and can feel cold). They run to each other. She says something like "you came back" and he replies "12 days is not long enough with you" and they kiss. We know h can stay because he arrives outside his ghostly allowed boundaries of the property.

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  20. Please please does anyone in Nys know when thus movie The Spirit of Christmas will air again on Lifetime?

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    1. Lifetime from what I can tell only aired this movie one night and I think I know why. It was awful. Who wants to watch a girl who is lousy about picking men in the first place being controlled and manipulated into doing something by another man, who just happens to be a dead ghost. He threatens her into making him figure out who murdered him before he will leave the house alone. Nice guy. Or, ghost, whatever. Come on. She's cray cray. Who would seriously stay and put up with that. But of course she has to fall in love with said ghost. Please. And, with no explanation he returns to her in the end. Come on. Not good, not good at all.

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    2. Agree Melanie! This movie was not good. It was EVIL! How could anyone think this was a nice love story or Christmas movie?

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  21. Ooh, glad to see I'm not alone in the absolutely-loving-this department. I was complaining a little bit about the movies this year, not getting as many favorites as I normally do, and what a great surprise was to have this on the last weekend. So glad I recorded it - this is definitely one to rewatch.

    But just to answer the question above - the final scene happens AFTER his time has ended, and he's still there, means that he's allowed to stay. What I wasn't sure and need to rewatch again is whether the forest is within the area he was restricted to before or if he was there in the morning because he could finally move beyond where he was physically stuck until now.

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    1. My sister and I watched this movie on Christmas Eve and we loved it! "The Spirit of Christmas" is my favorite movie from this Christmas season! Lifetime did such an excellent job with putting together this fantastic movie. I think that if any Christmas movie deserves a nomination for the 2016 It's a Wonderful Movie Family Movie Awards, "The Spirit of Christmas" is that movie. While I was watching this movie, I kept thinking to myself, "Wouldn't it be great if Thomas Beaudoin were on "When Calls the Heart" portraying a new character?" As a fan of the show, I'm hoping that someone from "When Calls the Heart" saw Thomas Beaudoin's performance in this movie and thought, "This guy would make a great addition to the cast".

      To answer Shae's question, I was given the impression that the forest was beyond the grounds of the inn, meaning that Daniel could move as freely as he wanted.

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    2. Watched this movie and was completely disgusted by the idea of this woman falling in love with this man who threatened her into doing what he wanted. How does a murdered ghost come back to life anyway?

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  22. I loved this movie! Reminded me of The Ghost & Mrs Muir meets Somewhere in Time. I'm not usually a big romance movie fan, but I've watched it twice thanks to DVR. Only wish ending would have been a bit longer. Great job on this movie!!!

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  23. I don't get this one. Too strange for me. A girl falls in love with a ghost who was murdered about a hundred year ago? Sorry, but it just doesn't seem like the ideal Christmas movie to me.

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    1. Agree with anonymous. Also too strange for me.

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    2. I'm not surprised many like this movie, due to it being mysterious and romantic, but this kind of story never appealed to me. You have two people, or rather one person and a murdered ghost, no less, interacting between two spirit worlds, crossing time dimensions, and in the end the power of their love brings them together. Sorry, not appealing to me.

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  24. If you have Comcast On Demand, The Spirit of Christmas is available to watch for Free.

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    1. WOW, great news. I can't wait to buy the DVD, but the Comcast On Demand will fill the gap. Wish I could record it. Thanks for the information.

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  25. Love the movie, would buy it when it release, but the ending had me confuse, was he alive, or still a ghost? How did he get to come back? Lost.

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    1. His "miracle" is that he is able to choose a life now, not walk into the afterlife with Lily. He is seen walking in the snow on day 13 , meaning, he is no longer restricted by his "curse".

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    2. I was confused too. I read your reply and now I get it. Thank you!

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  26. Love the movie, would buy when release, but am confused by the ending, was he alive or a ghost, and how long does he get to stay this time.Did not make sense the ending.

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  27. What a wonderful movie...romance, mystery with a little of fantasy and syfy. And, the actors were terrific. How can you not love a handsome ghost (played magnificently) and a beautiful love lost girl. One of the best Christmas movies this year.

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  28. There has been a lot of chatter on this movie being such a great love story and that part of it was good, but I just couldn't get myself to love the girl (Kate) falling in love with the ghost (Daniel) idea. Don't you think she is unrealistically not scared of him? I mean this woman is all alone in this house and this ghost appears, they spar, and she agrees to help him discover how he was murdered. I don't think any rational person would stay or agree to this. Unrealistic. I wanted to love the love story but I just couldn't. Epic fail for me.

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  29. I actually thought this was a beautiful movie. All the movies this year were kinda terrible and this one was really wonderful! I have actually not stopped watching it on Lifetimes app because I love it so much! The location first off...wow! Can I live or at least come and stay at the flawless Proctor Mansion Inn please?! Right away they had me visually hooked and interested in watching. The Music score was also lovely and very calming! Now for the story, this movie was like a novel. I, for whatever reason, really cared about Kate & Daniel and was left wanting a sequel! I loved Kate, Played by Jen Lilley. She was a funny, charming and determined and I disagree with the readers comments above that she was threatened into doing what the spirit (Daniel) wanted her to do. She actually did what she wanted to do against what other characters wanted; And made her own plans and decisions throughout the story. I also loved Daniel. They wrote him very well! I didn't find him threatening at all and I felt for him and cared about his story from the beginning. He, like Kate, was very charming and funny and caring. He really gave off the feeling that he was an old soul. And I also understand why Kate fell in love with him. To be clear, Daniel was not really a spirit in this movie. He was human, but only for 12 days. So to say Kate fell in love with a ghost is actually kinda wrong. But, who wouldn't fall for Thomas Beaudoin? I mean really. And I think he really did fall for Kate too and didn't want to act because it would be unfair to her to only be able to spend 12 days with her. I do believe that he became human at the end of the film and that was the miracle. Because when the clock turned 12 and he was still there and he asked Lilly what this means she said "You're free." and told him the choice was his to make. I think, in my head, he was free to choose to move on or stay. I'm pretty sure he comes up from past the property line, which is another sign he is real. I actually was upset because I thought he may have moved on but then, got so excited that he stayed. The dialogue at the end was so simple and beautiful! Just like the movie itself. There are scenes in the film that were cut due to air-time i think because on lifetimes movie app there are scenes in the film on there that were not on my dvr recording from that night. One of Kate & Daniel, And another one too, after Kate & Daniel have the fight about Lilly and his Rum-running the night of molly's little get together, Walter and Kate have a really sweet conversation where Kate tells him that she forgot that this is actually Daniel's life, not just some mystery story and that he seems so alive. To which Walter replies, "He is alive. Just not in the traditional way" and that when Kate thinks that she should leave, Walter tells her he is sure Daniel wants her to stay and also that it's been a while since he has gotten to have the pleasure to have a fight with a beautiful women. It was a really nice and sweet scene and I wish they would have kept it cause it makes you like Walter, and even more see Kate starting to understand Daniel in a personal way. Also the scene when she is leaving to go back to Boston was cut a little as she is driving away. I'm PRAYING that this goes on dvd or iTunes because I have, as you may know by now, fallen in love and would watch this movie all year long, not just at Christmas. To my great heartbreak though, this movie is going to expire on lifetimes app on January 1st. So we have to watch it in its full form while we can until it comes to dvd or itunes. I give this film a 20 out of 10 and a full five star rating! ★★★★★ I'm not one to buy movies, but I would pay for this one!

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  30. I love love love this movie. I'm so glad I was able to Tivo it. I've been watching the version aired on Lifetime repeatedly since it came out. I hope it does get released on DVD especially with the missing/extended scenes that was shown on the OnDemand version that were mentioned by others. I don't have OnDemand so I would like to see what I missed.

    I would love a sequel to see their (Kate/Daniel) continuing story.

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  31. Oh, one thing I'm confused about is why is he "free". He repeated 95 years of this cycle in solitude except for the times he encountered Walter, I supposed. What part of all the events happenning this year released him from this "curse/miracle"? Was it the solved murder? Was it the fact that Kate was willing to wait for him for many years? Was it the fact that he was giving Kate a gift of love and permission to find another? Or something else? The conversation Charles had with Lily was that Daniel always put himself first and Lily replied was that he would learn. So I'm leaning toward Daniel letting Kate go and give her permission to love again which showed that he put her first that give him the freedom but I'm not sure. Even after multiple watch that's the thing that's still not clear to me.

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  32. My DVR didn't tape it! Any chance of a re-air?

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  33. I loved, loved, loved this movie. I would like to download or purchase it!

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    1. Pretty sure its on Amazon

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  34. I need this movie! Where can I buy it?

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  35. I watch the lifetime movie : the spirit of christmas it a very great movie. I just wonder if it coming out on dvd ? and I think lifetime should make a part 2 of lifetime movie: the spirit of christmas to let us know if kate jordan & daniel forsythe live happy ever after & if they got married ?

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  36. I am hoping this movie becomes available on DVD!!! I sooooo much want to purchase it and it is a wonderful, addicting story that I want to watch over and over all year long!!!

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  37. This movie is so good, I went into it with no expectations and I was happily surprised! It is definitely one of my favorites and I hope it will come out on DVD so I can buy it!!!!!

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  38. WHEN will this wonderful movie be available to purchase?!

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