Hoax for the Holidays

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Directed by Georges Mihalka, this quirky comedy chronicles the pilgrimage made to a small town in hopes of catching a glimpse of a coffee stain that bears a striking resemblance to Jesus Christ. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Directed by Georges Mihalka, this quirky comedy chronicles the pilgrimage made to a small town in hopes of catching a glimpse of a coffee stain that bears a striking resemblance to Jesus Christ. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • UPC: 039414521658
  • Original Release: 2010
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  • Source: Mti Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 88,940

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Callum Keith Rennie Donald
Martha MacIsaac Casey
Ricky Mabe , Jansen
Don Allison
Andrew Bush
Cory Bowles
Technical Credits
George Mihalka Director
Beverly Bliss Executive Producer, Producer
Michel B. Bordeleau Sound/Sound Designer
Dazmo Score Composer
Frank Desmarais Executive Producer
Field-Moase Executive Producer
Gaetan Huot Editor
Dale Janet Executive Producer
Narayr Kasper Cinematographer
Josh MacDonald Screenwriter
Jay Miles Executive Producer
Vera Miller Casting
Colin Neale Executive Producer, Producer
Jennifer Stewart Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hoax for the Holidays
1. Opening Credits [8:46]
2. No Hot Water [9:01]
3. Scratching Away [8:46]
4. It's A Needle [7:39]
5. Look at You [6:52]
6. Creep [9:55]
7. Christian Charity [6:49]
8. When I Was a Kid [10:46]
9. Try Again [7:55]
10. Stupid Prank [6:54]
11. Making Speeches [7:17]
12. Ending Credits [3:30]
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Disc #1 -- Hoax for the Holidays
      Hoax for the Holidays Trailer
      Also From MTI
         One Special Night
         Christmas Clause
         Christmas in the Clouds
      Audio Options
         5.1 Options
         2.0 Options
      Spanish Subtitles: On/Off
         Spanish Subtitles: On
         Spanish Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    I originally rejected this movie because a holiday hoax didn't s

    I originally rejected this movie because a holiday hoax didn't sound, well… Christmassy. Then I read that the film was faith based and that Casey's hoax wound up having an unexpected result on her grieving father who believed it was a sign to him. Unfortunately, the faith her father gets appears to be in himself not in any higher being. There is no miracle. The town, which is very religious, is portrayed as near zombie-like in devotion, and the young priest, though apparently a good guy, is vampirish in appearance and somewhat of a buffoon. Casey's cruel boss, who insists the employees call him "Uncle Bob," is, incidentally, very religious. In fact, he has a lot of control over the church. Enough to get the priest transferred when he doesn't like something he said. I thought Casey, who had lost her faith and claimed to be an atheist, was well-played and likeable. Even her "hoax" wasn't done intentionally and wasn't malicious. The "believers," on the other hand, tried to kill her when she confessed that the image of Jesus on the outside wall of the donut shop (created accidentally when she threw coffee on the wall) wasn't real. The image had drawn true nuts as well as believers, from all over, increasing "Uncle Bob's" sales dramatically. A chicken place nearby was even selling "Apostle Buckets," 12 pieces of chicken in a bucket. My impression is that this film belittles Christians and, if one looks for the real meaning behind the title, "Holiday hoax," I believe it is that Christmas… and God Himself… are a hoax. There are no miracles. Life is what you make of it. Period. It could have been a good Christmas movie if there had been any indication at all of Casey regaining her faith or if her sister, in a coma since a car crash a year before, had regained consciousness. Or even if there were any indication that her sister went to Heaven. But no. There is none of that. It may present an acceptable vision for a confirmed atheist. To me, though, the movie is a downer in the end. Even so, there were some better moments (and some funny moments), and Casey and her father were both unquestionably likeable and sympathetic characters. His devotion to the comatose daughter was immensely touching. Sad that the only lesson expressed in the film was that life goes on… for the living.

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