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63 of 66 found the following review helpful:
It Answers The Main Questions That Left You Hanging--But It's Not Enough!!! Feb 10, 2009
By Katherine of Amazon
"I'd Rather Just Buy It Online"
This is the "wrap up" of the wonderful Canadian period (Depression Era) dramatic television series "Wind at My Back," which to my knowledge has never been shown in the US and is probably some of the best "fun for all ages, family-friendly" TV ... EVER. This Christmas episode answers the questions that were cliffhangers when the series was unexpectedly axed by clearly stupid people who didn't know a fantastic product when they saw one.
The Christmas episode looks like they took plotlines from scripts (which probably would have been fantastic if they'd been produced) from the cancelled season and used them as a basis for this effort. There's an awful lot going on in a very short time in this production.
We also don't get to see the tough-as-nails May Bailey character (played brilliantly by Keifer Sutherland's mother/Donald's ex-wife--she's far and away the best actor in that family) or the wonderful nurse character they added in the final season in this production, and it's weaker for that.
If Sullivan Entertainment could resurrect this series, and syndicate it outside Canada, they could make money hand over fist and could retire the franchise of endless "Anne of Green Gables" retreads to earn their daily bread.
It's a brilliant series, with superb actors, fantastic costumes, great scripts, and compelling plotlines, and it's appropriate for all ages.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
If you do decide to get this Christmas episode, though, you'd better have seen all five seasons that preceded it--otherwise, you won't have a clue what's going on and you'll not be happy at all.
Last but not least, you get a better deal from AMAZON on this episode than you do from SULLIVAN ENTERTAINMENT (at least as of this writing). SULLIVAN charges a usurious shipping charge, far exceeding Amazon's. The smart buyer will bundle this up with a few other items and get the SUPER SAVER shipping.
19 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Great Christmas movie!!! Nov 26, 2008
I had considered getting the series about 6 months ago but it was a little pricey, when looking for a few Christmas movies I hadn't seen I thought I'd try this out and it would be a cheaper way to preview the series than buying season one. I loved the movie...great characters, gives a great feeling of the good parts of that era and a small glimpse at the horrible fear that came with reign of Hitler (a glance into the minds of those who feared him and those who thought he was just a crazy leader who would never have the power to be a danger to the world-those who were afraid to get involved, and those who risked thier lives to help a Jewish girl escape a Canadian deportation order.
Yet it was still an incredibly uplifting, family movie. People of all faiths should watch this movie to remind us all how dangerous it is to assume that the leader of a country who wants an entire population to die could not have the power to enact his vile plan. If enough people fear him and enough people ignore him because he is apparently not a danger to anyone, horrendous things can happen.
A really terrific movie about the spirit of Christmas.
14 of 16 found the following review helpful:
A good family movie Nov 02, 2010
For one who got hooked on the TV show Wind at my Back, this movie provides the perfect closure. It is a sweet story that touches on the historical events of the times without becoming melodramatic. It provides a glimpse of what life was like during those trying days previous to WWII, foretelling the cruel events that would unfold in short order. It was great to see the grown-up version of the children. I miss seeing Grace and Mrs. Bailey though. Too bad they weren't part of the cast. In summary, a great movie, a good story that should become part of the Christmas family viewing tradition.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Not a particulary strong series conclusion, but still charming Dec 13, 2011
By Rick T
If you are not very familiar with the series, this movie still works as a mildly interesting romantic drama about a teenager in love and trying to decide his future, with World War 2 events and aftermath swirling in the background and seemingly earth shattering dilemmas facing him at every turn.
This particular finale had to work hard to tie up the series loose ends and was crippled by not having the actors portraying Grace and Grandmother Bailey available. The producers regretably chose to rely too much on the Hub romance narrative (would have fit better as regular season episode storyline), but still, scripted television seldom comes anywhere near the excellence of the Wind at My Back.
The series had evolved over the years to center on the Grace and Hub characters (rather than the Honey and Ma Bailey characters at its start) and wisely so in my opinion, so this is an unsatisfying conclusion with 80 percent of the focus on Hub and his new flame, zero on Grace, and the rest dribbled out to other characters.
Generous screen time to many town characters was a part of the series' success and that was missed here (would have been great to see the futures for Jim and Pritchard Flett, the hotel proprietors, Alice, Del, Ollie, Archie and others spelled out more satisfyingly). These shortcomings were probably the result of budget and scheduling constraints. But this movie retains enough of the charms of the original series to be enjoyed by long time fans as well as those who never saw the series.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT Dec 25, 2009
"British Mystery Buff"
No May Bailey, no Grace Bailey and a substitute Honey. Why did they even bother?This movie is the equivalent of a really bland afterschool special. I bought this dvd based upon how superb the series had been. I wish I had my money back. If you like the "Wind At My Back" series then PLEASE don't watch this because there's something missing.....(most of the original cast).
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