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      A Christmas Without Snow

      1980 1h 40m Holiday Drama List
      Reviews 40% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Leaving her son behind at her parents' home in Omaha, Neb., recent divorcée Zoe (Michael Learned) attempts to start her life anew by moving to San Francisco. Seeking something to fill her lonely hours, she begins singing with a church choir. When new choirmaster Ephraim Adams (John Houseman) is hired, Zoe finds his attitudes and ideas difficult to tolerate. Faced with the challenging task of satisfying Adams' unrelenting perfectionism, Zoe is tempted once more to run away from her problems. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 28 Buy Now

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      Audience Member Saw this back in the 80's and recently watched again. Obviously made on a very limited budget, with expectedly low production standards. Nevertheless, the film does have a certain charm and John Houseman is excellent as the demanding choirmaster. Fans of Handel's Messiah and those with a musical background might especially enjoy this one. Not a masterpiece but worth one viewing during the Christmas season. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member I liked it but at times it didn't feel like a Christmas movie and other times it dragged on and on and this movie was all over the place just when I think its going go one direction it switches into random stuff a decent watch wish they would have done something different Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Loved the speech about what "amateur" means. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member An intelligent and heartwarming Christmas movie! John Housemen and Michael Learned are great. Sorry it is not seen on t.v. these days. It deserved to become a classic. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A newly divorced and jobless mother seeks refuge in a Church choir run by a firm but fair music man with the goal to turn amateurs into a group of people capable of singing Handel. More than anything, this feels like a longer episode of 7th Heaven, unoriginal and forgettable. However, there is something cozy and heart warming about it that will please some people. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent, if mawkish, exceedingly well-acted and well-cast contemporary early-eighties Christmas tale bears a unique premise focusing on a Bay area church choir's journey to the annual Holiday performance of Handel's 'Messiah', with all the requisite joy and drama involved, from a recently relocated divorcee's perspective(the elegant Michael Learned). A must-watch for every choral singer who has survived the 'Messiah' season. Extra half-star for casting John Houseman as the quintissential [new] choir director. ~ @thestaticisland Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Leaving her son behind at her parents' home in Omaha, Neb., recent divorcée Zoe (Michael Learned) attempts to start her life anew by moving to San Francisco. Seeking something to fill her lonely hours, she begins singing with a church choir. When new choirmaster Ephraim Adams (John Houseman) is hired, Zoe finds his attitudes and ideas difficult to tolerate. Faced with the challenging task of satisfying Adams' unrelenting perfectionism, Zoe is tempted once more to run away from her problems.
      Director
      John Korty
      Producer
      Frank Konigsberg
      Production Co
      Korty Films, Frank Konigsberg Productions
      Genre
      Holiday, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 28, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 40m
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