Bruce Dalton works for a local TV station as the sports anchor. With an inflated ego and impatience to match, Bruce expects everyone everywhere he goes to recognize him and the nightly tagline he uses after reporting the latest sports news.
Bruce is a man with a family - a wife, a daughter in law school, and a son named Jason who has lately been distancing himself from his father. Bruce's selfishness is portrayed in many ways, from "fighting" for a parking spot at the local Kmart to putting his job above the needs of his family.
So what happens when Bruce takes his self-centered attitude too far? What happens when, in his anger and lack of self-control, a ref is injured at his son's basketball game?
Will Bruce's punishment finally show him what's really important in life?
Silver Bells is a great movie on so many levels. When Bruce has to commit to community service as part of his punishment for injuring the ref, viewers get a glimpse inside the Salvation Army and how hard the bell ringers and other volunteers work to serve the less fortunate. Discussion questions abound, including:
The importance of family and their needs and why that should come first, after our relationship with the Lord. Bruce is not a Christian, but his son shows an interest in Jesus and church. Bruce wants nothing to do with either.
The importance of carrying out God's command to serve others and care for the less fortunate. Bruce has no desire to ring the bell for the Salvation Army and finds himself in a bind many times regarding his attitude.
The importance of listening to wisdom, rather than focusing on ourselves. Major Lowell, the Salvation Army leader and pastor is a Godly man with much foresight. Will Bruce bother to listen to his gentle answers to the problems Bruce is facing in his personal life?
The importance of not sinning in our anger and keeping keeping our self-control in check.
Silver Bells has ingredients of a great movie. It has drama, humor, a wonderful plot, and a touching ending. Expect to laugh throughout the 88 minute movie, shake your head at Bruce's shenanigans, and rejoice in the hope and redemption offered.
Bruce Boxleitner plays Bruce Dalton and gives a commanding performance as a versatile actor who can effectively play either the "good guy" or the "bad guy."
I highly recommend this movie for all ages. A Christmas classic for years to come, this movie has quickly become one of our family favorites. I've added it to my mom-approved movie listing on my blog.
After I watched the trailer I wasn't sure what to expect with this movie, to me it didn't seem like it would be very good. I thought it would be kind of tacky. I was so wrong! This movie is fantastic and I'm so glad I tried it out. It really shows how giving makes the season great. There are all of theses factors that make Bruce Dalt change his heart. Watch it, I promise you won't regret it!