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A Grandpa for Christmas (2007)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 24 November 2007
Bert is an old-time movie-star singer/ hoofer, who's retired from showbiz and estranged from his daughter and 9-year-old granddaughter, Becca. Bert, about to sell his house and move into a ... See full summary »

Director:

Harvey Frost

Writer:

David Alexander
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Bert O'Riley
Katherine Helmond ... Roxie Famosa
Juliette Goglia ... Becca O'Riley
Richard Libertini ... Karl Sugarman
Tracy Nelson ... Marie O'Riley
Jamie Farr ... Adam Johnson
Quinn K. Redeker ... Jack Fast (as Quinn Redeker)
Justine Dorsey ... Ashley Gee (as Justine Rose Dorsey)
Timilee Romolini ... Christine Rogers
Tom Virtue ... George Rogers
K.T. Thangavelu ... Dr. Burney
Gwen McGee ... Kathryn Waters
Kelsey Lewis ... Heather Rogers
Ruth Silveira Ruth Silveira ... Ruth Ortiz
Alaina Talebreza Alaina Talebreza ... Mrs. Casterline
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Storyline

Bert is an old-time movie-star singer/ hoofer, who's retired from showbiz and estranged from his daughter and 9-year-old granddaughter, Becca. Bert, about to sell his house and move into a retirement home, suddenly finds himself caring for Becca when her mom is hospitalized - and the bond between the two of them grows (Bert takes Becca to school everyday; she meets his old show-biz friends). Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Details

Official Sites:

Hallmark Channel

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bert & Becca See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

In the scene where Becca has on a pink vest, when she is talking to Bert her hair is clearly messy, the next scene at school it is neatly braided in two braids. See more »

Quotes

Bert O'Riley: [Reading a cookbook] Blanch the carrots. What the heck does that mean?
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Credit where it is due... this is pretty good
24 December 2009 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

I didn't know exactly what to expect when I sat down to watch this, and I was pleasantly surprised. While this does not hold an awful lot of surprises, it not only has its heart in the right place, but it respects that delicate balance, and remains sweet, never growing sappy. This is one of the precious few films that are entirely inoffensive without going too far in the other direction and becoming irritating. The plot is interesting enough, and it doesn't lose your interest. This is well-paced. The characters are nicely developed, and there aren't any that only have negative sides(with one possible exception). Production isn't half bad. Without being a tragic tale, this does stay close to reality, and really comes across largely genuine(albeit one or two occurrences strain credulity somewhat). The acting is decent enough. Borgnine is great, and the kid is fine. This should get laughs out of most viewers, with its solid mix of silly jokes and a dry wit. The singing is quite enjoyable. This promotes wholesome morals without seeming preachy. I recommend it to everyone who watches Christmas movies. 7/10


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