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Cute movie - although the plot is exactly as expected. A highfalutin big city doctor lands up in a small town complete with caring people and "a beautiful, intelligent, and feisty" woman and has to consider his options.
Although "Chasing Christmas" is based on Dicken's "A Christmas Carol", it is different enough that it was enjoyable. And this from someone who is more like Scrooge-before-the-ghosts than Scrooge-after-the-ghosts. Bah Humbug.
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I only own two movies and this is one of them. Kevin Costner is John Dunbar - a soldier who lands up as the only soldier at an isolated frontier outpost. He sets about preparing the frontier for his fellow soldiers to arrive. In the meantime, he meets and interacts with the local natives. I guess this movie romanticizes the natives, but eventually Dunbar identifies with the Sioux. He learns to understand the needs and fears of the Sioux. The scenes with Graham Greene (the holy man) and Mary McDonnell (a Caucasian who was captured as a child and is native now) are the strength of the movie. They embody the a respect for fellow man. Because of this, in the encounter near the end of the movie between Dunbar and the soldiers, you cannot help but side with Dunbar - and hope for the Sioux when they come to rescue "Dances with Wolves". The ending is one of hope, where the movie could easily have been ended much more tragically.
One of my personal top ten movies. How can you not like a story about a mild-mannered man wrongly convicted of murder who can find a way to maintain his dignity in a place like Shawshank!