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The Christmas Candle (2013)

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A pastor who's suffered a personal loss accepts a position in a town that believes in a Christmas miracle candle, which he strives to abolish.

Director:

John Stephenson

Writers:

Max Lucado (based on the novel by), Candace Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Matheson ... David Richmond
Samantha Barks ... Emily Barstow
Lesley Manville ... Bea Haddington
Sylvester McCoy ... Edward Haddington
James Cosmo ... Herbert Hopewell
Susan Boyle ... Eleanor Hopewell
Barbara Flynn ... Lady Camdon
John Hannah ... William Barstow
Jude Wright ... Charlie Barstow
Morgan Jones ... Phineas Barber
Alice Bonifacio Alice Bonifacio ... Delilah Barber
Tim Barlow ... Oliver Barber
Beatrice Curnew Beatrice Curnew ... Agnes Chumley
Patricia England Patricia England ... Mrs. Chumley
Tessa Bell-Briggs Tessa Bell-Briggs ... Widow Leonard (as Tessa Bell Briggs)
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Storyline

Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle and prays before it receives a miracle on Christmas Eve, but in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end. When David Richmond, a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David's quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow. Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle, but when the blessed candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen. Written by The Christmas Candle

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Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Samantha Barks and Hans Matheson have both been in film productions of 'Les Misérables'. Barks playing the part of Éponine in the 2012 musical version (reprising her West End role) and Matheson playing Marius in the 1998 film. See more »

Goofs

The film has a funeral where all the mourners are holding retractable nylon umbrellas. Its as if the runners forgot to collect them, surely no-one would of thought these were contemporary to the period !. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Edward Haddington: [narrating] There's a story that has been passed down for centuries, from father to son. Legend has it a certain man came to live in the village of Gladbury. He was a good-hearted man, devoted to his family and his craft. The candle maker brought light to the entire village. But he longed to give them more. Life was hard in Gladbury, and the people had become disheartened.
Edward Haddington: Night and day, the candle maker worked, pouring his heart and his prayers into each candle. But on the first ...
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Soundtracks

Miracle Hymn
(as "Miracles All Around")
Music by Luke Atencio
Lyrics by Candace Lee
Performed by Heritage Voices and The Robinson Ensemble
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Excellent Christmas Movie!!
21 November 2013 | by vontrappfanSee all my reviews

What a delightful story to come out in the theaters! This stunning movie contains a stellar cast, a charming English village, and a heart- warming story of faith in the face of difficulty.

Based on the Max Lucado book by the same name, this movie portrays a message of hope and endurance, and of answered prayers for miracles. Much like the film, "It's a Wonderful Life", The Christmas Candle is destined to be a classic family Christmas film that brings to mind the true meaning of the Christmas season.

The acting is wonderful, though Susan Boyle is perhaps a bit more amateur in comparison to the rest, and the costumes are stunning! Bustle gowns made of velvets, brocades, and tweeds look lovely against the English countryside.

And the ending of the film is a true "happy ending" Christmas story. I highly recommend this movie!


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,655, 17 November 2013

Gross USA:

$2,258,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,476,775
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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