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Christmas Movies A to Z – U: Unlikely Angel

Dolly Parton stars in the cheesy but heart-warming made-for-TV movie.

Unlikely Angel
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Today on our Christmas Movies A to Z we reach the letter U and our pick is the Dolly Parton made-for-TV movie Unlikely Angel.

Released in 1996 Unlikely Angel stars Dolly Parton, Brian Kerwin, Maria Del Mar, Gary Sandy and Roddy McDowall. It also stars the disgraced Smallville actress Allison Mack.

In the film Dolly Parton portrays country music performer Ruby Diamond who meets an untimely demise. She cannot enter heaven until she performs a good deed back on Earth and is tasked with getting a workaholic widower and his children back together again for Christmas.

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Directed by Michael Switzer, Unlikely Angel is on heavy rotation at this time of year on the Christmas channels in both the UK and the US. It’s a tad cheesy but who can’t fall for Dolly’s charm?

As always she’s likeable, funny and endlessly entertaining. Don’t let the fact that this was made-for-TV put you off. It’s much better than you’ll probably expect it to be.

Buy Unlikely Angel.

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