Christmas in Canaan

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Christmas in Canaan
Christmas in Canaan.jpg
Directed by Neill Fearnley
Produced by Randy Cheveldave
Written by Book:
Kenny Rogers
Donald Davenport
Donald Davenport
Starring Billy Ray Cyrus
Ben Cotton
Emily Tennant
Cinematography Michael Balfry
Edited by Romald Geoffrey
Distributed by The Hallmark Channel
Release date
  • December 12, 2009 (2009-12-12)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Christmas in Canaan is a 2009 American/Canadian drama film starring country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus. The film is based on the book of the same name written by country music artist Kenny Rogers and Donald Davenport. Filming began at the end of August 2009 and finished in mid-September. It was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

The film premiered on December 12, 2009, on the Hallmark Channel. Its theme song, "We'll Get By Somehow (We Always Do)" (performed by Cyrus), was made into a music video.[2]


In the rural town of Canaan, Texas, a clash between two classmates – one, a tough farm boy, and the other, a bright bookish black boy – evolves into an unlikely friendship. The boys' families devise a plan to teach them a lesson after they fight, but it is a wounded puppy that eventually brings them together. It is amidst the magic of Christmas that the boys learn about family, hope, and love despite living under the shadow of racism.[3]


  • Billy Ray Cyrus as Daniel Burton
  • Ben Cotton as Buddy
  • Emily Tennant as Sarah
  • Jacob Blair as DJ
  • Matt Ward as Rodney
  • Liam James as Bobby
  • Tom McBeath as Earl
  • Jessica McLeod as Young Sarah
  • Darien Provost as Young Bobby
  • Zak Ludwig as Young DJ
  • Nico McEown as Jimmy Ray
  • Stefanie Samuels as Angela
  • Tom Heaton as Wylie
  • Rukiya Bernard as Charlane
  • Jaishon Fisher as Young Rodney
  • Julian Christopher as Shoup
  • Paul Herbert as Clancey
  • Candus Churchill as Eunice
  • Stacee Copeland as Nurse
  • Lossen Chambers as Celie

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fries, Laura (2009-12-09). "Christmas in Canaan Review". Variety. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Christmas in Canaan: "We'll Get By Somehow" music video". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  3. ^ "It's a Wonderful Movie: Christmas in Canaan". It's a Wonderful Movie. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 

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