The Christmas Choir is a 2008 made-for-television holiday film written by Donald Martin and directed by Peter Svatek, and based upon a true story of a man who volunteered to work at a homeless shelter and started a choir with its residents. Originally aired on the Hallmark Channel on December 9, 2008, the film was inspired from Montreal's Acceuil Bonneau Choir and notably marked Michael Sarrazin's final screen role.
Nineteen days before Christmas, Peter Brockman (Jason Gedrick) is a successful accountant whose life has turned upside down when his fiancée Jill (Cindy Sampson) dumps him because of his emotional detachment and his being a workaholic isolated from life. While sipping on soda at a lounge, he is visited by Bob (Tyrone Benskin), a blues pianist and singer, who is working only for the need of tips. The two talk about their favor of music and Peter's long dream of once becoming a musician, from a younger age. When Bob invites Peter to his house, Peter is amazed about the musical performances the occupants have shown, not knowing the home was a shelter for other homeless people. He eventually meets the caring yet shrewish nun Sister Agatha (Rhea Perlman), who re-appraises his troubles and changing struggles in life. He decides the only to way to help build money and better opportunities to the shelter is to organize them into a choir.
Although, the choir's musical abilities become more proficient each day, Peter and the other singers go through their own personal trials and the many obstacle problems they bring to the group. They, finally, begin to trust in each other and learn how the mystery of music can hold for a community.
- The Christmas Choir at Hallmark Channel's website
- The Christmas Choir at the Internet Movie Database
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