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on 15 June 2010
This is a fantastic Christmas story and, since a lot of it concentrates on helping others, it can be enjoyed year round. Kari Hawker stars as Ashley Matthews, a single woman who is struggling to survive. The film opens with her large dog, Dash, attempting to rouse her from sleep. She tells Dash she isn't getting up until the alarm goes off. Three seconds later the alarm goes off! So there are dashes of humor thrown in which work well in this film. Her day doesn't improve when the water stops running while she's taking a shower, and her dog eyes her a bit later and his empty water dish. On top of this, her car won't start and she has to take a bus in a hurry to get to a job interview. She bumps into a man, loses her cell phone, and she makes it to the job interview to learn they just called her to tell her they hired someone else!
Fortunately, her phone had been picked up by a man she develops an affection for, named Will (K.C. Clyde).
The three main actors all hit the right notes and we learn in this story that Ashley's neighbor Nick (Bruce Davison), due to a painful past, now helps people who are in need or hurting.
He calls himself "Secret Santa"; he hires Ashley to be his assistant and they help a lot of needy people.
Ashley, having been passed around to various foster homes as a child, resents Christmas but Nick and Will begin to help her to open up and trust people again. I enjoyed this movie very much, partly due to the fact that it is presented in a realistic way but because it highlights the beauty of life to those grieving , including a man who owns a small restaurant who lost his son the previous Christmas season. This is one of those rare films which has a powerful combination of solid acting, tight direction, and a very good story to tell.
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I found this DVD by chance on Christmas eve at my local Tesco supermarket and it proved to be the Christmas movie of the season as my family and I watched this several times with very wet eyes each time it ended. The story is very touching and one that pulls at your heart strings. In life there are very few secret Santas, as most people indulge in calculated goodness and want it to be known that they have helped others. Here was a man whose sole purpose and wealth was used to secretly help all those who were in need of help and he kept this knowledge hidden because he was not doing it for the vanity and self accolade, rather he had come to a deeper understanding of his earlier shortcomings in life and was keen to make amends before it was too late. When he sensed that he may loose his battle with ill health he chose a worthy assistant and began to induct her in his task which was where the movie became more interesting as other characters entered the equation whose sole purpose was self promotion and getting ahead. Will the humility, selflessness and love for others tame them? This is truly a great but simple Christmas movie with an inspiring tale of selfless love and true humanity.
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VINE VOICEon 21 December 2010
Being a true romantic I found this a heartwarming story.
A "Sectret Santa" spreads his money about at christmas.
Becoming old and ill, he takes on an assistant.

In time this will become an all time classic.
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on 22 March 2013
The DVD did not work in my player. It was not compatible. So had to return so never watched. Shame!
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on 16 March 2015
An oops! Wrong region.
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on 18 May 2015
Great moving film
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on 19 September 2014
Love Christmas
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