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MPAA Rating: PG for some violence, thematic elements and brief mild language.

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Adults Family
Christmas Drama
Year of Release:
USA Release:
December 2, 2016 (wide—638 theaters)
DVD: April 11, 2017
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Featuring: Ryan O'Quinn … Matthew Peyton
Shawnee Smith … Dr. Nancy Wells
Danielle Nicolet … Sharon Joseph
Kevin Sizemore … Albert Bagley
David DeLuise … Tom Blackhorn
Issac Ryan Brown … Clarence Joseph
James C. Burns … Bob Alexander
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Director: Billy Dickson
Producer: Believe the Film
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Distributor: Sony Pictures
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“When everything seems lost, hope can find you.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “For years, the small town of Grundy, Virginia has relied on the Peyton family to provide the highlight of the year—the annual Christmas pageant. When Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn) inherits the family business, the responsibility of the Christmas pageant also falls on his shoulders. But as financial hardships fall on the town, Matthew finds himself overwhelmed. As his business profits plummet and his workers begin to strike, Matthew is forced to make a decision between selling the family business and cancelling the beloved pageant or sticking out hardships despite his rapidly declining popularity in the community. Through chance events, Matthew meets Clarence (Issac Ryan Brown), a boy who believes in miracles, and his mother Sharon (Danielle Nicolet). His newfound friends impact Matthew’s life in a way he never thought possible and teach him to believe and give faith a chance.

Written, directed and produced by Billy Dickson, ASC (“One Tree Hill,” “Ally McBeal”), “Believe” is filled with powerful performances by an ensemble cast that includes lead actor/Executive Producer Ryan O’Quinn (“Dad Dudes,” “Alias”), Issac Ryan Brown (“Blackish”), Shawnee Smith (“Anger Management,” “Grace Unplugged,”), Danielle Nicolet (“Central Intelligence,” “The Flash”), David DeLuise (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”) and Kevin Sizemore (“Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462,” “Woodlawn”) who also serves as producer.”

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Movie Critics

…an entertaining family movie to enjoy during the Christmas Holiday. Hollywood should be offering more positive Christmas movies like this…
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide

…“Believe” has charisma, but little Christmas spirit… [2½/5]
—Ryan Duncan, Crosswalk

…Schmaltzy faith-based drama isn't quite a lump of coal, but it's not a Christmas present, either. …
—Joe Leydon, Variety

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