Tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central), Hallmark’s latest Countdown to Christmas movie, The Christmas Train, will premiere. This is all Hallmark’s 2017 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, so you know it will be something special. After you read all about this movie and watch it, come back and share any comments or questions that you may have about the movie in our comments section below. Join in the discussion with other readers.
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If you miss the movie tonight, you’ll have lots of other times to catch it. Just visit here and click on “Showtime” to find all the encore times.
The synopsis reads:
David Baldacci’s No. 1 New York Times bestseller comes to Hallmark Hall of Fame with this story of cynical journalist Tom Langdon, taking a train from D.C. to L.A. for Christmas. He’s not too thrilled with the journey, but Tom is the sort who’s not thrilled by much. Tom’s been briefly married but never had kids. Today his ex-wife wouldn’t accept a collect call from him in the most dire of circumstances. Tom is forty-one and has just lost his mother to a stroke; his father has been dead for several years. Being an only child he is truly alone now, and that has made him introspective. Half his time on earth is gone, and all he has to show for it is a failed marriage, no offspring, an informal alliance with a California voiceover queen, a truckload of newsprint and some awards. By any reasonable measure, it is a miserable excuse for an existence. But Tom’s cross-country journey will soon become an internal odyssey. Strangers remind of him of people’s innate goodness. Before long, Tom rekindles a love, and the magic of Christmas takes hold.”
The movie stars Dermot Mulroney as Tom Langdon. His appearances include Will Gardner, Chickasaw Rancher, Break My Heart 1,000 Times, The Mountain Between Us, Sleepless, Dirty Grandpa, Lavender, Truth, August: Osage County, Jobs, The Rambler, Stoker, New Girl, The Grey, J. Edgar, Zodiac, The Family Stone, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and more.
Also starring in the movie is Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Eleanor. She’s also a New York Times bestselling author. Her appearances include Father of the Bride, According to Jim, How to Eat Fried Worms, We Are Marshall, Undiscovered Gyrl, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Darrow & Darrow, Amish Grace, Nashville, Two and a Half Men, Lucky Seven, Identity Theft, The Christmas Shoes, Relativity, The Tenth Kingdom. Her bestselling book, Is My Mother Gone?, chronicled her mother’s battle with dementia.
Danny Glover stars as Max Powers. His impressive list of appearances include Lethal Weapon, Dreamgirls, 2012, Places in the Heart, and more. He’s also produced numerous films and he’s known for his community activism and philanthropic efforts. In 2011 he was honored with the Pioneer Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, as just one example.
Joan Cusack stars as Agnes. She’s acted professionally for more than 35 years, including Working Girl, In and Out, Shameless, The Road, Brilliant Traces, Toy Story, and more. She’s received an Emmy and been nominated for five more, along with receiving Academy Award nominations.
Other stars in the movie include:
- Holly Elissa (Lelia)
- Kirsten Prout (Julie)
- Anthony Konechny (Steve)
- Jill Teed (Roxanne)
- Karen Holness (Misty)
- Terence Kelly (Higgins)
- John Innes (John Kelly)
- Nelson Wong (Kenny)
- Goga Rayat (Choir Boy Patrick)
- Ian Roberts (Choir Boy #2)
- Gabriel Bourke (Choir Boy #3)
- Caius Munro (Choir Boy #4)
- Ryver Stone (Choir Boy #5)
- Jesse Stanley (Regina)
- Douglas Dack (Cabbie)
- Jovanna Burke (Helen)
- Naika Toussaint (Becky)
- Richard Ian Cox (Slade)
- Micah Steinke (Ranch Hand)
- Ian Collins (Army Officer)
- Glenn Williams (Train Engineer)
- Joe Sutherland (Maître’d’)
- Here are some more photos to get you in the holiday mood, all courtesy of Crown Media:
If you’d like to relive this movie and haven’t read the book yet, that’s a great place to start. You can get the book here. What did you think of the movie? Let us know in the comments below.