GenreDrama Production companiesHallmark Hall of Fame Original air dateDecember 12, 1999 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateDecember 12, 1999 WriterMarilyn Pappano (novel), Maria Nation (teleplay) CastCarla Gugino (Emilie Thompson), Kathy Baker (Ruth Doyle), David Conrad (Police Captain Nathan Blair), Laura Dern (Berry Thompson) Similar moviesA Christmas Tree Miracle, Scrooged, The Night Before, The Santa Clause, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Arthur Christmas
A season for miracles
A Season for Miracles is a 1999 American television film based on a novel of the same name by Marilyn Pappano. Directed by Michael Pressman, it originally aired on CBS in 1999.
Emilie Thompson (Carla Gugino) is forced to take charge of her nephew J.T. (Evan Sabara) and niece Alanna (Mae Whitman) when their drug-addicted mother (Laura Dern) overdoses and the children are threatened with foster care. Fleeing the authorities, the trio come across the sleepy town of Bethlehem just before Christmas. Even though the authorities have been temporarily left behind, Emilie will need a miracle to keep her family together. A versatile guardian angel (Patty Duke), who assumes a variety of earthly guises, helps, along with the small town-folk who are surprisingly friendly. One coincidence after another gives the struggling family a chance at happiness.
Carla Gugino...Emilie Thompson
Kathy Baker...Ruth Doyle
David Conrad...Police Captain Nathan Blair
Laura Dern...Berry Thompson
Lynn Redgrave...Hon. Judge Nancy Jakes
Faith Prince...Sadie Miller
Evan Sabara...J.T. Thompson
Mae Whitman...Alanna 'Lani' Thompson
Mary Louise Wilson...Corinna
Kurt Deutsch...Alexander Foster
Scott Sowers...Deputy Howie
Paul Collins...Gerald Foster
Gail Grate...Holly McBride
Ray Richmond of Variety called the film "a holiday grab bag of improbability stacked atop improbability."