Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Drama,Romance A CHANCE OF SNOW (TV) 1998 USA colour PG

A CHANCE OF SNOW (TV) 1998 USA colour PG

Romantic sentimental festive drama


From this heartwarming enchanted Christmas tale, made for TV- comes a sentimental, emotional, drama that will set your hearts pumping and the tears flowing. It’s Christmas eve and people are left wondering if they are going to get away for the holidays, or will they remain stranded at the airport like drowning ducks. This powerful moving tale involves couples and individuals who express their views, and share their opinions to complete strangers about their own personal relationships and the love of their lives. Oh what joys! To Christmas and the miracles that it brings upon us, thanks to some cool, icy, covering our city has now come to a complete stand still. Based at Minneapolis National Airport, and being the heart of our story, due to a delicate, dangerous, silky, soft white blanket.

single mother Maddie Parker (Jo Beth Williams) is going to be spending her Christmas vacation in Chicago, with her family at her mother’s house. Christmas this year is not a happy occasion for the family, since Maddie is soon to be divorced from her husband Matthew Hill (Michael Ontkean). At the airport Maddie and family bump into her soon to be ex-husband. While the rest of the family are delighted about seeing Matt again, Maddie feels absolutely furious because she still has raw feelings for how her husband betrayed her trust by going with a PR tart. Katherine Parker (Dey Young) tells Maddie her sister, to sort things out with Matt, while she looks after her nieces Ellie Hill (Angelica Chitwood) and Kirby Hill (Traci Christofore). Matt wants to sort things out, but Maddie dose not, however the couple get talking but . . . they abruptly part.

Minutes after Matt’s flight leaves, Maddie wanders round the airport, only to hear that a flight going to Florida has crash-landed. Maddie hurries back to comfort her family. Moments on Katherine Parker meets Craig Johnson (Peter Syvertsen) who is also waiting on some news about someone who boarded the Florida flight. Katherine and Craig get chatting and share a few tender seconds together about their own lives. Craig tells Katherine that he is waiting for his son. The son’s flight has just crash-landed and skidded into a bank of snow, but nobody was hurt. Craig Johnson suddenly remembers who Katherine Parker is just as Jason (Evan Gabriel) appears. Craig introduces his son to Katherine, then the two adults get acquainted all over again, and drift back to their childhood memories.

Later on Maddie meets Ruth Pulmer (Barbara Barrie) a retired talkative teacher who tells Maddie about her relationship, and the love of her life. At the same time Matthew meets Earl Pulmer (Charles Durning) a retired fireman who speaks to Matthew about his relationship and the love of his life. Maddie pours her heart out, about her relationship with Matt and how he has ruined everything, while Matt finds Earl’s secret tips to marriage fascinating. Ruth explains to Maddie about the importance of being in a relationship, and that who caused what to end the relationshio is not important. The most precious part is having one another, and working things through no matter what. Ruth tells Maddie that she too had an affair years ago, while she was still with Earl. The out come from the affair sounded strange ot Maddie, but she listened intently. Earl explains his secret tips about marriage to Matt and tells him to try them out.

Hours later Maddie meets Gwen (Tonia Jackson) a cleaner of the airport Maddie drops her photo album, and Gwen bends down to pick it up. Gwen gets chatting to Maddie about her life and tells her that she and her husband had always wanted to go to Hawaii, handing back her photo album.

Matthew takes Earl’s advice and springs a surprise on Maddie he treats her to a romantic meal, and reminds Maddie of the good times they had. The two of them started socialising civilly and enjoy being in each others company, they also have an enjoyable natter together about Ruth and Earl’s extraordinary relationship. Afterwards Matt and Maddie go for a romantic stroll outside-outside the snow has began to melt, as the passion heats up between the two of them, the couple chat and remind one another of their past. Matt and Maddie finally finish having words with one another and part on good terms, even though Maddie drops a bombshell on Matt and tells him that she is pregnant. Maddie makes one last phone call to her mother, Merilee Parker (Dina Merrill) who tells her to hang onto Matt, and not to make the same mistake as she did. Maddie rushes off to see if she can stop Matt from leaving . . . but is she too late?

A chance of snow is a delightful weepy movie, suitable for people who enjoy having soppy and emotional moments. This heartwarming festive drama story contains emotional & sentimental scenes, a fair a mount of romantic and passionate scenes between people, loyalty & trust issues, but most importantly the moral behind this story is to not give up easily on what you have got because you don’t realize how lucky you are untill it’s gone.

Directed by: Tony Bill Written by: Michele Cook

 Akemi Dawn– rude store clerk (uncredited) Anderson Warren– bartender/airline passenger (uncredited) Barrie Barbara– Ruth Pulmer Bertenshaw Kelly– airline representative Cada James– Otis Vickery Chitwood Angelica– Ellie Hill Christofore Traci– Kirby Hill Clark Lynn Kari– flight attendant (uncredited) Coleman Laurie– restaurant hostess Coyle Patrick– paramedic Cram Paul– stranded tourist (uncredited) Cummings Bob– pilot (uncredited) Davies L Edger– police officer Durning Charles– Earl Pulmer Gabriel Evan– Jason Johnson Gamoke Paul John– porter Groomers Gary– security guard Jackson Tonia– Gwen Kolls Rebeccameteorologist Merrill Dina– Merilee Parker Minjares Joe– traveler Ontkean Michael– Matthew Matt Parker Pall Robert– airport officer Rehbein Mary– airline agent Sedlachek Buffy– traveler Senters Marquetta– service agent Simmons Margi– traveler Stockstad Ryan– airport janitor (uncredited) Syvertsen Peter– Craig Johnson Westcott Jim– airline passenger (uncredited) Williams Beth Jo– Madeline Maddie Parker Woods Lisa– airline passenger (uncredited) Young Dey– Katherine Parker

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