We review an old Christmas classic. Based on the book of the same name, this delightful television special tells a timeless story.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was released in 1983 and stars Loretta Swit as Grace Bradley. Based on a book by Barbara Robinson, this special premiered on ABC in 1983 and also featured a screenplay by Robinson. If you’re interested in ordering this film after our review, you can find it on our website at www.fishflix.com.
This is a made for tv adaptation of Barbara Robinson’s novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H stars as Grace Bradley who inherits the job of running her church’s Christmas pageant when the woman who usually does it breaks her leg.
Not only does Grace inherit this disaster, but it gets worse when the Herdman kids – all six of them decide they want to be in the Christmas pageant as well. The Herdmans are notorious for abusing each other and stealing from and bullying other kids as well. They smoke, steal, lie, bully and generally create havoc in their town.
Their father disappeared years earlier and their mother works two shifts at the shoe factory to support herself and the kids while the kids run wild around the town.
But this WILL be the best Christmas pageant ever when the Herdman kids learn the Christmas story and teach the Sunday school class about the true meaning of Christmas.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a classic made for TV special from the 80s with a delightful cast and fun child actors delivering most of the humor content of the film. If you grew up watching this when you were younger or when it first aired, it’s sure to bring back memories and it has really earned its status as a wonderful classic.
It also teaches an important lesson and while it may seem basic to some, many churches don’t understand it. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever deals with the issue, what do you do when a rowdy and obnoxious person shows up in your church? We as Christians are commanded to love them, but what if they’re incredibly difficult and we simply want them to leave? This teaches an important lesson that the point of the church is to be a welcoming place for any and all to come to, no matter how difficult. In the end, the people at the church learn this lesson and they are able to see the good they did in the Herdman kids’ lives and how it changed their attitudes and perspectives.
I really enjoyed watching this film and whether you’re watching it just for nostalgic purposes or to show to your kids, I highly recommend you give it a watch.
This film has been given the Dove foundation seal of approval and has been approved for all ages. There is nothing objectionable in this film, as most of the cast is made up of kids.
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