An unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family, while at the same time Dolly's father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his wife the wedding ring he could never afford to give her. Meanwhile, an important person in little Dolly's life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee.
|Release Date||:||November 30, 2016|
|Casts||:||Alyvia Alyn Lind, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney, Kelli Berglund, Hannah Nordberg, Jane McNeill, Stella Parton, Kennedy Brice, Cameron Jones, Farrah Mackenzie, Alana Cavanaugh, Parker Sack, Mitch Eakins, Mary Lane Haskell, Erin Reese DeJarnette, Forrest Deal, Dylan Michael Rowen, Blane Crockarell, Stephanie Astalos-Jones, Austin Waits, Hannah Goergen, Doug Stroup, Jennifer D. Taylor, Ethan Daniels, Caleb Martin|
I understand that "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" is based on something that happened early in Dolly Parton's life. It tells the story of how little Dolly and her siblings, growing up dirt-poor in rural Tennessee, made some extreme sacrifices to get their mother a gift one Christmas. Parton herself co-stars as a sort of guardian angel to the young Dolly. I was surprised to see that the director is Stephen Herek, who has directed movies as different as "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Mr. Holland's Opus".
It's not any sort of masterpiece, but I liked how it affirmed that despite the numerous hardships, this was a close, loving family. Dolly Parton is one person who makes clear that not all rural people are ignorant yahoos. As she once said: "I may be a country bumpkin, but at least I'm a smart country bumpkin."