A Christmas Visitor

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A Christmas Visitor
Directed byChristopher Leitch
Written byGeorge Samerjan
David Saperstein
StarringWilliam Devane
Meredith Baxter
Dean McDermott
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Release date
  • December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)
 
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A Christmas Visitor
Directed byChristopher Leitch
Written byGeorge Samerjan
David Saperstein
StarringWilliam Devane
Meredith Baxter
Dean McDermott
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Release date
  • December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)

A Christmas Visitor is a 2002 American television film starring William Devane, Meredith Baxter and Dean McDermott. It was written by George Samerjan and David Saperstein, and directed by Christopher Leitch.

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The film concerns the story of the Boyajian family, who have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years, since their son John was killed on Christmas Day 1991 during the Gulf War. With their daughter Jeanie potentially facing a life threatening illness,[1] George decides they should once again celebrate Christmas; however, Carol adamantly refuses.

George heads to watch over the town's veterans memorial and is accosted by several teenage punks, who are scared off by "Matthew", a hitchhiker passing through town. As Matthew and George talk, Matthew claims to be a Gulf veteran who is the same age as John[2] and served in the same regiment as John, although the two did not apparently know each other.

George invites Matthew to spend Christmas with his family, asking him to tell his wife and daughter that he knew John while they served together. George's ultimate plan is to get the family to once again celebrate Christmas, which works. But as Matthew makes up stories about he and John, George begins to wonder about Matthew's true identity when his stories include details that only John would have known (including a notable surgical scar from an athletic injury).

At the end, it is revealed that Matthew is actually John [3] making a supernatural visit (by revealing the scar mentioned earlier) in order to restore the family's Christmas spirit.

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