Christmas Comes Home to Canaan

Synopsis: In the story, Daniel's son Bobber needs extensive orthopedic surgery and months of intensive physical therapy to recover from being struck down by an automobile. Rodney Freeman, the young black man who Daniel took into his home and raised as another son, has become a famous writer and offers to fly Daniel and Bobber to San Francisco and to pay for the surgery. Once in San Francisco, Daniel meets and falls for Briony Adair, a physical rehabilitation specialist who will be working toward Bobber's recovery. When therapy progresses slowly, Bobber invites Briony to come home to Canaan to spend Christmas with the Burtons and continue his treatment. Briony is a natural at caring for a thriving family, but Sarah, Daniel's daughter distances herself not wanting to dishonor her late mother's memory, and a disastrous Christmas visit drives Daniel and Briony apart. In the soul searching that follows, Daniel finds the strength to open his heart again and invite love back into his life.
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Neill Fearnley
Production: Canaan Films Inc.
85 min


Lately, I've been thinking

of a lot of things...

To truly understand

the soul of canaan, Texas,

you'd first have to start

with the story

of two young boys...


Best be going.


That boy and his books.


I'm comin'!

Boys, who were once

sworn enemies,

one white, the other black,

and bandit,

the puppy they found,

whose life they'd saved,

and, by that act,

became friends.

And there was Daniel Burton,

who, despite struggling

to raise his family

on his own...

It's beautiful, papa.


...took the black boy in

when there was

no one else to do it,

an act of courage

in a town divided...

...and, then,

the accident,

that left his youngest boy,

bobber, crippled...

And, finally,

it's the story of a promise

one boy...

Cheers. a writer,

made to the other,

a promise to return to canaan,

and, with him,

he brought a gift,

offered by a stranger,

a gift with the power

to change so much,

in ways

few could have ever imagined.

You sure you packed

enough clothes?

I've packed most

everything I've got.

What about socks?

Here you go.

This enough for you?

Besides, it's a big city.

If I need anything,

I can just buy it new,

right, Rodney?

Anything you want.

And just what are you

proposing to use for money,

your good looks?

I'll pack some

of these for you.

Don't know for sure

how long we're going to be gone.

You might have to handle

the harvest yourself this year.

Well, Rodney'll pitch in.

Between the two of us,

we'll manage.

Anything else needs doing,

you're in charge,

and, don't forget,

there's a little bit of cash

hid in the corner of the shed,

just for emergencies.

We'll get along fine.

You just take care

of bobber.



You need to hurry.

You'll miss your flight!

We wouldn't be the burtons

unless we was fixin'

to miss something.

All right, buddy,

kiss your sister goodbye.


And be sure

and thank Rodney.

If it weren't for him,

we wouldn't be goin'.

Thanks, Rodney.

Just make sure you do

what those doctors say, okay?

I will.


Just so's you all know,

I'm not driving you

all the way to San Jose.

All right, let's go.

You ready,



ready or not,

here they come,

y'all got any gum?

What do we need

gum for?

Keep your ears from poppin'

on the plane.

We can stop

at shoup's.

Let's do it.

We got time.

I'll be right back, boys.

All right, well,

hurry it up.


Ah, Mr. Burton!

Can I help you find something?

I need some chewing gum.

Juicy fruit, if you've got it.

Juicy fruit.

Spearmint. Chiclets.

Complete assortment.

How's that brave,

young Mr. bobber?

Hope he's well.

Oh, fair to middling.

We're actually

on our way to California

to see about gettin' him

fixed up right now.


Oh, if I had any sense,

I'd close up

and move to California myself,

the way things are goin'.


Business been slow?

Slower than slow.

It's dead.

You're my first customer

all day.

Well, I wouldn't worry

too much about it.

You know, money's

always tight around here

come the end of the month.

No, it's more than that.

The whole town's changing.

Old folks are moving away.

New folks

are shopping elsewheres.


You know what,

if the town's changing,

maybe you oughta change

right along with it.

And just what would you

suggest changing exactly?

Oh, I don't know,

maybe try something new.

I heard about some boys

putting in a big company farm

South of town.

That'll be needing

some farm supplies,

save 'em the trip to clarksboro.


Farm supplies...

And just exactly

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