The Christmas Wish

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The Christmas Wish
Based onThe book by Richard Siddoway
Written byGreg Taylor
Story byBeth Polson
Directed byIan Barry
StarringNeil Patrick Harris
Debbie Reynolds
Naomi Watts
Alexandra Wilson
Beverly Archer
Music byAlan Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Beth Polson
Producer(s)Erica Fox
CinematographyJohn C. Newby
Editor(s)Janet Bartels Vandagriff
Running time93 minutes
Production company(s)Bonneville Worldwide Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseDecember 6, 1998 (1998-12-06)

The Christmas Wish is a 1998 American made-for-television Christmas drama film starring Neil Patrick Harris and Debbie Reynolds. It premiered on CBS on December 6, 1998 and it was based on a novel by Richard Siddoway.


A businessman Will Martin tries to uncover a family secret for his grandmother Ruth Martin after he returns to a small town to modernize his family's real-estate company. During thanksgiving dinner his grandmother Ruth tells him she has discovered a woman named Lillian in her recently deceased husband Warren's journals. Warren had written about visiting Lillian every Christmas Eve since shortly after the death of his son and daughter-in-law in a car accident. The search for this mysterious Lillian takes Will on a journey through his grandfather's life and helps him to understand the true meaning of love and forgiveness.


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