The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007)





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Tom Berenger and Joely Richardson star in this live-action adaptation of Susan Wojciechowski's beloved children's tome, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. The fable centers around two lonely, broken people. Jonathan Toomey (Berenger) is a woodcutter who buried his ability to love when he lost his wife and child in a horrid accident, and thus earned the nickname Gloomy at the hands of misunderstanding local children. Thomas McDowell (newcomer Luke Ward-Wilkinson) watched quietly as the death of his father ripped away his childhood innocence - and destroyed his world. Now, Thomas's single mother, Susan (Richardson) must sell their urban home and move, son-in-tow, into the countryside to live with her sister. When Thomas grows virtually inconsolable over the loss of a wooden manger scene bequeathed to him by his dad, Susan asks Jonathan to carve a new one for the young boy. In time, a most unexpected friendship blossoms between Thomas and the old woodcutter, that heals the wounds and melts the heart of each broken soul. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Drama , Kids & Family
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Tom Berenger
as Jonathan Toomey
Joely Richardson
as Susan McDowell
Luke Ward-Wilkinson
as Thomas McDowell
Karen Westwood
as Mrs. White
Aran Bell
as Richard Tyler
Lia Williams
as Joan Tyler
Sarah Wildor
as Jonathan's Wife
Saoirse Ronan
as Celia Hardwick
Jenny O'Hara
as Mrs. Hickey
Ronald Pickup
as William McDowell
Elliot Cowan
as James McDowell
Benji Compston
as Charles White
Robert Jezek
as Jim Hardwick
Sam Douglas
as Wallis Woodman
Jack Montgomery
as Edward Hardwick
Benjamin Eli
as Bobby Clarke
Derek Riddell
as Parson
Sunna Yates
as Mrs. Johnstone
Clare Burt
as Claire Hardwick
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Audience Reviews for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

One of the finest Christmas movies for every reason --- outstanding casting and acting --- great script --- beautiful photography --- tightly wrapped direction and editing --- non-intrusive lovely score. Berenger and Joely are both believable and endearing. Ward-Wilkinson is a seamless fit in a touching, but not sugar-sweet tale of unimaginable sadness turned to joy. A definite must for every Christmas movie lover.


I will admit, I love the book and I read it every Christmas Eve. This film, while not as good is still heartwarming and entertaining. I love the subplots, but I also found the film to be a little bit slower than I like, probably because they were trying to stretch the run time. Still worth a watch, but read the book first.

Barry Newart
Barry Newart

A very touching story based on the book by the same name. Definitely one to add to my Christmas movies.

Kay Ditt
Kay Ditt

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