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The Angel Doll (2002)

PG | | Drama | 14 September 2002 (UK)
The story of two small town boys from different sides of the tracks: 1950's childhood and self-redemption. Young "Whitey" Black (so called because of a tuft of blanched hair on the left ... See full summary »


Alexander Johnston


Alexander Johnston, Jerry Bledsoe (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Mary Barlow
Beatrice Bush Beatrice Bush ... Pearl Cumberland
Pat Hingle ... Noah Roudabush
Gil Johnson Gil Johnson ... Jack Barlow
Nick Searcy ... Col. Brandeis
Cody Newton Cody Newton ... Whitey Black
Michael Welch ... Little Jerry Barlow
Diana Scarwid ... Fronia Black
Keith Carradine ... Adult Jerry Barlow
Nick Angel Nick Angel ... Santa
Don Henderson Baker ... Somber Man
Calleigh Crumpler Calleigh Crumpler ... Emily
John Copeman ... Milkman Woodrow Jones
Christian Durango Christian Durango ... Randy Clark
Cordereau Dye Cordereau Dye ... Let Cumberland


The story of two small town boys from different sides of the tracks: 1950's childhood and self-redemption. Young "Whitey" Black (so called because of a tuft of blanched hair on the left side of his head) lives in poverty with his single mother and ailing, four-year old sister, Sandy. Just across town, young Jerry Barlow lives the advantages of a middle class lifestyle with both parents and his younger brother. When mischief casts Whitey and Jerry into a shared paper route, Jerry quickly learns of Whitey's desire to buy his sister an angel doll for Christmas. Even though no such dolls exist in their hometown, Whitey, Jerry and a host of colorful characters set out in search of Sandy's gift. Along the way, reversals of fortune, theft, prejudice and, ultimately, the boy's friendship opens their eyes to the vastness of the small town around them. Written by trenton mcdevitt

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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

14 September 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Az angyal baba See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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This was writer/ director Alexander "Sandy" Johnston's final project. See more »

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16 December 2003 | by SpudVSee all my reviews

An interesting choice for a Christmas movie, but one that gives a little different message than others. It starts out as a buddy film set in the '50's, and it will be a nice trip down nostalgia lane for older baby boomers. The plot thickens to more of a crisis, as one of the boy's sister is sick from polio and fading fast, and the boy wants to make her Christmas special.

The girl loves angels and the book "The Angel Doll", so he struggles to find (and afford) an angel doll for her. The message at the end of the book has a small angel asking the question: what can I give to the Christ child? It's something that all Christians should ask themselves each year during the holidays, and not just thinking about buying gifts and making out our own lists. There's also a strong underlying current on the importance of family ties in the film.

While there may not necessarily be a "Hollywood" happy ending to this film, it's a well-told tale about a chapter in a boy's life. Be sure to see the extra clip on the DVD.

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