A Season for Miracles

A Season for Miracles is a 1999 American made-for-television Christmas drama film based on a novel of the same name by Marilyn Pappano. Directed by Michael Pressman, it originally aired as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation on CBS on December 12, 1999.

A Season for Miracles
Based onA Season for Miracles novel by Marilyn Pappano
Written byMaria Nation
Directed byMichael Pressman
StarringCarla Gugino
Patty Duke
Laura Dern
David Conrad
Mae Whitman
Music byCraig Safan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Richard Welsh
Brent Shields
Producer(s)Timothy M. Bourne
CinematographyShelly Johnson
Editor(s)Lori Jane Coleman
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Original releaseDecember 12, 1999
"A Season for Miracles"
Hallmark Hall of Fame episode
Episode no.Episode 1
Original air dateDecember 12, 1999

Plot summary

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.


Critical reception

Ray Richmond of Variety called the film "a holiday grab bag of improbability stacked atop improbability."[1]


  1. Richmond, Ray (December 8, 1999). "A Season for Miracles Review". Variety.
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