Ill Be Home for Christmas

DVD Release: September 13, 2011
Ill Be Home for Christmas


What the community of St. Nicholas, Iowa, lacks in size, it makes up for in enthusiasm. So when the mayor and local veterinarian, Sarah (Ann Jillian), reveals that a doctor is needed to keep the area hospital open, the town jumps at the chance to fill the position. The top candidate is hometown hero Mike (Robert Hays), the widower son of a local man (Jack Palance), who is a practicing surgeon in the city. St. Nicholas welcomes Mike and his daughter with open arms when they visit for Christmas, but moving back to town permanently is more complicated than it seems. Since losing his wife, Mike has struggled in his profession and his love life…both of which he must confront if he returns to St. Nicholas for good.

Dove Review

This is a terrific holiday movie and is a good watch any time! Dr. Mike (Robert Hays) has come home to St. Nicholas, Iowa, to visit his father for Christmas. His father Bob (Jack Palance) is hopeful his son, a successful surgeon in Minnesota, might return to his old hometown as does his former High School girlfriend, Sarah (Ann Jillian), who is now the local vet as well as mayor.

The people of St. Nicholas all love Dr. Mike and with the recent passing of their only doctor they all want Mike to take over the hospital or it might have to close. Mike has other plans even though he sees how acclimated his daughter Jilly becomes to the people and the town. When a romance reignites between Sarah and Dr. Mike, he realizes he has to let his former wife Laurie, who passed away some years earlier from cancer, go. But can he do that?

This is a wonderful family program, wholesome and well-acted, and we highly recommend it. We gladly award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. This movie shows that you can go home again.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A man and woman kiss on a few occasions; during a snow storm a man and woman stay all night at a hospital in separate rooms and when a man jokes, "I heard you spent the night with my daughter" this is explained by the man.
Language: None
Violence: A boy comes to the hospital with a bloody eyebrow from getting hurt in football; the boy is stitched up and we see the stitches on his brow.
Drugs: A grandfather smokes a pipe and his granddaughter gets after him to quit; a couple of beer drinking scenes.
Nudity: None
Other: A man and his daughter's grief over his wife and her mother who passed away some years before; a character lied so he wouldn't have to explain a situation but he owns up to it and apologizes; a woman lies but admits it; a man has suffered from anxiety attacks; a man has a heart attack but survives.


Company: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Writer: Darrah Cloud
Director: Jerry London
Producer: Susan Murdoch
Genre: Children
Runtime: 91 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter