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The Christmas Tree is a 1996 ABC television film directed by Sally Field.[1][2][3][4]


A story about a forming friendship between an elderly nun, Sister Anthony (Julie Harris), and New York City's Rockefeller Center's head gardener Richard Reilly (Andrew McCarthy), who wants to fell a tree she's been growing for decades and move it to Rockefeller Center for Christmas display.


  • Julie Harris as Sister Anthony
  • Trini Alvarado as Beth
  • Andrew McCarthy as Richard Reilly
  • Betty Aberlin as Sister Sarah
  • Jessica Hecht as Sister Mary
  • Anne Pitoniak as Mother Superior Frances
  • Colin Quinn as Tom
Additional cast
  • Suzi Hofrichter as Anna
  • Imogene Bliss as Sister Lucia
  • Therese Courtney as Mother Superior (1939)
  • Lulee Fisher as Sister Rose
  • Shannon Holt as Sister Lucia (1939 / 1959)
  • Lynne Innerst as Sister Frances
  • Chad Luberger as Roy
  • Kathleen McEntee as Sister Margaret
  • Zachary Mott as Anna's Father
  • Beverly Owings as Matron of the Orphanage
  • Jaime Shapiro as Doreen
  • Daniel Sweazen as Helicopter Pilot
  • Katherine Sweeney as Terry
  • Cornell J. Wallace as Harvey / Workman
  • Dave Whalen as Sven
  • Nili Bassman as Anna (Age 18)


The film had international release under several titles: in France as Arbre de Noël, L' Canada, in Spain as Árbol de Navidad, El Spain, in Brazil as A Árvore de Natal Brazil (Portuguese), in Greece as Dentro ton Hristougennon, To Greece, and in Germany as Der Weihnachtsbaum. It was made available in October 2001 on VHS in Spanish and English.[5]



  1. ABC Medianet, Sally Field, accessed 01-21-2009
  2. mooviees.com The Christmas Tree, accessed 01-21-2009
  3. [1] New York Times, The Christmas Tree, accessed 01-21-2009
  4. Pittsburgh Film Office, The Christmas Tree,
  5. Christmas Tree. [VHS]. Good Times Home Video. October 15, 2001.

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