Silver Bells


Action / Drama / Family / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright68%
IMDb Rating6.3101171


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Anne Heche as Catherine O'Mara
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29.97 fps
1 hr 35 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lavatch3 / 10

Maudlin and Melodramatic!

"Silver Bells" was billed as the 225th presentation in the Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-television film series. Sadly, this effort was not among the strongest of their offerings.

The likable cast included Anne Heche and Tate Donovan, whose characters were a widow and widower, and who inevitably became the central romantic couple. Unfortunately, the plot focused on a teenager runaway problem, as opposed to joys of the holidays, which should have been the film's central preoccupation.

As played by Donovan, the young runaway's father was a hard-working Christmas-tree dealer and decent man, and it made no sense that the boy would take to the streets of New York City following an argument with his father. The runaway story bogged down the film as a lugubrious, mechanical plot device.

The film should have celebrated the holidays with more joy in the lives of the characters. The most heart-warming scenes were the ice-skating sequence and the singing of the children in the church choir. The son Danny (Michael Mitchell) was an aspiring photographer. The film should have been about the photos, the great New York scenery, and the young man's love of photography, not the maudlin, melodramatic, and ultimately unconvincing story of a runaway.

Reviewed by SimonJack8 / 10

Family, friendship, healing and love make a superb Christmas film

"Silver Bells" is a very good Christmas film that has many variations from the common formulaic holiday romance movies. Those who particularly like that sort of film may not enjoy this film as much - unless they happen also to appreciate films that go a bit deeper with family and marriage.

One very different aspect of this plot is that the two people who eventually come together - or really, literally "find" another person, have both lost their spouses to death three and four years earlier. Their love, or romance is a slow "discovery" of one another that happens in the context of the main plot of the film. That is the separation of a father and his son, the son running away as a young teenager, and the dad searching for him for a year. Yes, there are divorces and single moms or dads with children. And, yes there are young women who are dating or engaged to men who may not be "Mr. Right," where the right guy comes along. But those aspects have plots have been used so often that they are hardly interesting plots for stories anymore.

"Silver Bells" also goes further in other directions. There are more aspects- differences in interests of the dad and son, a young daughter and sibling of the son; the family's annual month-long trip from their tree farm home in Nova Scotia to New York City and a regular place where they set up to sell their Christmas trees and board with a woman who is a friend. And, much more to the meat of this story and film. The young son's interest in photography and the subsequent artistic views the audience get - seeing nature and architecture through the eyes of an artist. The dad's friendship with a local police officer who has helped look for his son; and a budding other romance - the policeman and a young woman friend of the female lead.

There's no doubt that patience is required because this film is much more slowly developed, but as such it is more down to earth and gives a real feel for the story and the lives of the people. It's not a quick run around and holidays romance. The film is based on a 2004 novel of the same title by Luanne Rice. All of the cast are good in their roles. Three whose performances are especially good are Anne Heche as Catherine O'Mara, Michael Mitchell as Danny Byrne, and Courtney Jines as Bridget Byrne.

While some aspects of the production are familiar - so many of these films that air on the Hallmark TV channel are made in Canada. One can understand when part of the plot or story is imparting the traditional aspects of a white Christmas, and the beauty of the countryside, forests, etc. Draped in snow. But this one was made in the U. S., so the Christmas tree harvesting might have been filmed in any of several states where such farms exist - from New England to the West Coast. This one has both the pastoral scenery and some fairly nice scenic shots of the Big Apple.

And, one other aspect that is shown more in this than in most films, is signs of Christian faith. Some films will have scenes or dialog about children in a school play of the Christmas story, or a Christmas pageant that includes religion. But this one shows churches and some of the cast going to church. In that sense, also, it is more realistic - in showing true customs and practices of the vast majority of the population of the time.

This is a very good film for the Christmas holidays about family, love, healing from the loss of loved ones, and finding new love. It's a good story of hope and about second chances in life and how healing is hastened with care about and for others.

My favorite line in the film is when Christy Byrne (played by Tate Donovan) meets Sylvester Rheinback (played by John Cunningham). Christy, "Oh, you're Catherine's boss." Sylvester, "Well, I try not to boss her around too much."

Reviewed by Jackbv1239 / 10

Difficult story

This story doesn't fit the pattern of so many other of the Hallmark Christmas movies, but then this is a Hallmark Drama movie (now called Hallmark Movies and Mysteries - HMM). HMM shows movies that are more sentimental. They may or may not be about romance, but when they are, the romance usually takes a lesser role. This movie fits that mold.

The primary thread is about a family which is torn apart, first by the death of the mom in the backstory, and then by the overcontrolling dad. Eventually, the dad pushes his son too far and his son takes off to live on the streets of NYC. A woman, Catherine, who knows the family tangentially due to their annual trek to NYC to sell trees, helps the boy, Danny and keeps it secret from the dad. This presents a tremendous ethical dilemma which becomes a focus of the last half of the movie.

The story is compelling. The dad sets himself up as a real jerk and the viewer is torn between the two sides. The story develops some sympathy for the dad as the film goes on, even as the plot becomes more even complicated. But as far as the romance, I personally don't want to see Catherine and Christy get together.

There are some other secondary threads running through the story which enhance it.

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