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Hallmark's A Dog Named Christmas Movie Review

Updated on October 21, 2014
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A Dog Named Christmas, A Family Friendly Holiday Movie

A Dog Named Christmas is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie which aired on CBS on Sunday, November 29th, 2009. It is based on the novel of the same name which was written by Greg Kincaid. This lovely movie tells the story of a sweet boy who convinces his father to foster a dog over the Christmas holidays.

Bruce Greenwood of Star Trek fame stars as George McCray, Linda Emond from Julie & Julia stars as his wife Mary Ann, and Noel Fisher from The Riches acts as the son, Todd. The father agrees, with strict rules including one that the dog would have to go back to the kennel when Christmas was over, on December 26th.

I loved A Dog Named Christmas. It made me laugh at times AND it made me cry. I am sure that anyone who enjoys a good, clean drama movie will enjoy this one.

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A Dog Named Christmas is the 237th Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation.

A Dog Named Christmas
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A Dog Named Christmas Review

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Set in Kansas, this movie finds the McCray family preparing for an ordinary Christmas until they receive an unexpected, four-legged visitor. Todd, the 20-year old developmentally challenged son hears about a program at the local kennel that attempts to foster out all of its dogs during the Christmas holidays and becomes set on having a dog for the holidays. He eventually convinces his father to allow him to foster one although his father applies strict conditions to the agreement including the fact that the dog must be returned to the kennel on December 26th. The father is reluctant to have a dog on a number of fronts. He is concerned a disappointment will hurt his son and he has had two events in his life with dogs that ended sadly. This dog, Christmas, turns out to be of a double gift ~~ one for the son and one for the father.

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Customer Reviews of A Dog Named Christmas

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Amazon Customer D.Hupp says that this film is not just for lovers of heartwarming stories nor for just for dog lovers although, of course, it is a great choice for fans of both. HShe calls it one of Hallmark's better movies.

Amazon customer Straight Arrow says that this is an outstanding movie. Be warned, she says there wasn't a dry eye in the house but be reassured that there was no foul language or sexually oriented scenes. She says it is a realistic and believable family situation and that this movie offers up a bit of proof "that animals are in fact human's best friends in that they give so much love, comfort, companionship and loyalty and ask for so little in return."

Amazon customer M.L. Tyre says that she read the Greg Kincaid book last year and loved it and knew that there was no way she could miss the movie. She was worried about the movie living up to the book but said that the characters are well developed and well-acted. She highly recommends both the book and the movie.

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A Dog Named Christmas Book

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Greg Kincaid's A Dog Named Christmas Book

Amazon customer review of the book.

I have not read this book yet so I cannot review it. It is, however, in the house anxiously calling my name. Meanwhile, this is what one reader on Amazon had to say about the book...

"A Dog Named Christmas is the perfect holiday read. The story is about a unique young man who shows his family and others the meaning of Christmas through his devotion to a dog adopted from a shelter. Anyone who has worked on behalf of homeless pets will cheer this important message. I recommend this book to any dog lover. Even better, adopt a homeless dog and read the book together." ~~ G. Fritz

This book is available in book, audio CD, audio cassette or MP3 formats.

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      roseann savoie 

      3 years ago

      i loved this movie it was soo heartwarming and touched my heart 1 of the best christmas movies

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      Laurel Johnson 

      7 years ago from Washington KS

      This is one of my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies. We watch it every time it's on the schedule. BUT,I had to watch it first and assure hubby that nothing bad happens to the dog before he would watch it. :)

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      Fay Favored 

      9 years ago from USA

      I'm sorry I missed this one. I hope to catch it soon.

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      Vicki Green 

      10 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Your lens really inspired me to watch this movie. It sounds like such a lovely film to watch at Christmas time. Of course, I'm always a sucker for a good dog story any time. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      momto4 lm 

      11 years ago

      Unfortunately I missed this movie when it was on TV. My mom was able to watch it and said it was a wonderful movie. Lovely lens!

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      11 years ago

      We love dog movies and I now am determined to read the book and see the movie! I can't believe I missed this one!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      I'm not sure I could watch this one if it is sad. Marly and Me just about did me in because we have two older dogs.

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I don't usually watch dog movies because they make me cry (I'm a lot like the dad in the movie), but I did watch this one because Christmas resembles our dog so much, and I'm glad I did. I loved the movie and would watch it again.

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      Bambi Watson 

      11 years ago

      Gotta love a good old fashioned family Dog movie!...Blessed!

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      11 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Super lens and sounds like a wonderful film - Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      11 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I haven't seen the movie...but you have made me interested. 5* and blessed.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      11 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Yes! I saw this movie on TV recently and was surprised at how good it was. Great family movie, nice one for the Christmas season.


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