A Holiday Romance

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A Holiday Romance
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Also known asA Song for the Season
Written byDarrah Cloud
Directed byBobby Roth
StarringNaomi Judd
Andy Griffith
Gerald McRaney
Alison Pill
Music byChristopher Franke
Edgar Rothermich
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersHoward Braunstein
Darrah Cloud
Michael Jaffe
ProducerRandi Richmond
CinematographyEric Van Haren Noman
EditorArmen Minasian
Running time91 minutes
Production companyJaffe/Braunstein Productions
Original networkCBS
Original release
  • December 8, 1999 (1999-12-08)

A Holiday Romance (released in the UK under the title A Song for the season) is a 1999 American made-for-television Christmas romantic drama film directed by Bobby Roth and starring Naomi Judd, Andy Griffith, and Gerald McRaney.[1] This film has been released on DVD.


At the beginning of the holiday season, a school administrator, Cal Peterson (Gerald McRaney), is sent to a financially troubled school to find a way to keep it from closing. After reviewing expenses, he decides that the best way to save money is to cancel the music program in which his niece Fern (Alison Pill) is enrolled and let go its teacher, Lily Waite (Naomi Judd). News of his decision leaks out prematurely, causing resentment among the students. After realizing how much the program has benefited his shy niece, he regrets his decision, but can think of no better alternative.

In a subplot, with Peterson's help, a long-time lady friend secretly arranges a reunion of his father Jake Peterson's WWII squadron, as a Christmas present. He is so happy that he decides to propose.

The film ends with a concert by the music department's students, where Peterson hears his niece perform and then announces that the townspeople have donated enough money to keep the program going.



A Holiday Romance was filmed in Toronto by Jaffe/Braunstein Productions and directed by Bobby Roth. The script was written by Darrah Cloud. The executive producers were Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein and Darrah Cloud.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Fresh and Evergreen". Los Angeles Times, December 05, 1999|SUSAN KING
  2. ^ "Review: ‘A Holiday Romance’". Variety, Ramin Zahed December 7, 1999

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