One Special Night TV movie poster

I am getting really bummed about staying home. And so I have declared it to be Christmas movie week. Every day I will recommend a Christmas movie that maybe isn’t in your usual rotation.

Today’s film is a TV movie from 1999 called One Special Night, starring Julie Andrews and James Garner. You can stream this for free if you have Amazon Prime, or rent for $1.99.

The plot of the movie begins on Thanksgiving Day and closes on Christmas Day. Julie Andrews and James Garner play grumpy old seniors who meet as strangers on Thanksgiving Day, and then are forced to spend the night taking shelter in a cabin they broke in to in order to get out of a blizzard. Their grumpy conversations are actually a pleasure to watch, and it is sweet to see a holiday romance that focuses on a senior couple.

I watched this movie while knitting a blanket and I enjoyed it very much. Though the plot is simple and predictable, the two leads make it worthwhile.

The movie does have an unusual recurring theme, implying that the confines of marriage are somewhat elastic. The situations presented in the movie aren’t entirely unrealistic, but the fact that the characters never address this conflict does seem unrealistic. A few extra lines of dialogue in a couple places would have helped to answer questions in the viewers’ minds. Also, the repeated use of the phrase “second chance” or “another chance” makes me strongly suspect that the writer of the story had some guilt going on. The screenplay was based on a stage play that was written in 1976. The stage play was called A Winter Visitor. I looked for more background on the stage play but did not find any detail, so I do not know how different the screenplay is from the stage play, and therefore which writer created this theme. The lack of conflict adds to the fantasy, and since we do want all the characters to be happy, it’s fine to just go with it. There is no need to add heaviness to this Christmas movie. 

I would recommend this movie and I would watch it again in the future. It’s a nice movie to fall asleep to if you have already seen it once.

You can watch it here. (affiliate link)

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