One Special Night, a Christmas movie review

51INKpsbDbL._SY300_One Special Night (1999) has become one of my favourite Christmas movies.  It’s just the right touch for a quiet evening, maybe with a fire going in the hearth, and a cup of hot cocoa or tea, or whatever.  I’ve always enjoyed movies starring James Garner, and especially liked him in The Rockford Files and The Notebook.  Julie Andrews — well, what can I say.  Loved her in The Sound of Music (even though I can’t watch the opening with the camera zooming in from dizzying heights), and love her in this movie as well.

GrandsonOneSpecialnightThis is a tender story of a lady doctor who is still mourning the loss of her husband despite attempts by friends to get her out and about again, and a man whose wife has Alzheimer’s Disease and doesn’t recognize him, their daughters, or her grandson (Daniel Magder).  It’s Thanksgiving (U.S. Thanksgiving), and there’s a snowstorm.  Their paths cross and, of course, they don’t hit it off at all.  She offers him a lift.  He’s arrogant, and she’s rather superior, but they end up off the road and have to spend the night in a cabin to wait for the road crews to dig them out.  After a while, they come to a tentative liking for each other and agree to meet for breakfast the next Sunday morning.

GarnerAndrewsChristmasWell, of course, things go wrong.  There’s a misunderstanding, some pointed remarks that aren’t understood, and, well — you should watch this movie sometime over the holidays.  In the midst of a snowstorm, if you can manage it; it will add to the atmosphere.  It’s slow-paced, romantic, and a happy ending all around.  What’s not to like?  * * * * *

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About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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