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(from Hallmark's press release, October 2012) If you are of a certain age, you may recall a seminal John Hughes film from 1985 entitled "The Breakfast Club" that told the story of a handful of mismatched high school kids who had to serve detention together and wound up getting more than they bargained for. There is more than a little bit of that same magical allure going on in "The Wishing Tree," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, November 10 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C). It stars the charismatic Jason Gedrick ("Dexter," "Necessary Roughness") as Evan Farnsworth, a popular professor at a prestigious boarding school in Maine who was tragically widowed two years before. During the Christmas break, he agrees to stay with the students left behind by their vacationing parents. Here is where "The Breakfast Club" connection comes in. The kids include brainy student Juliet (singer Emmalyn Estrada), nerdy outcast Albert (Amitai Marmorstein, "50/50") and a privileged delinquent named Drew (Richard Harmon, "The Killing"). It's the troublemaking Drew who makes a mess of things here early on when he takes his anger at his parents' ditching him for a European ski vacation by vandalizing an innocent tree. And it isn't just any tree but the neighboring town's special Wishing Tree, one decorated with handwritten notes bearing the townspeople's greatest holiday wishes. Drew is forced to spend a night in jail for his transgression. But Farnsworth, like a good educator should, helps the kid learn from his mistake and turn things around. But hold the happy ending, because Drew's icy mother returns home to demand the professor's firing. Thankfully, his dedicated students rally to his defense and an attractive young teacher (Erica Cerra, "Eureka") enters the picture with love on her mind.
· Amitai Marmorstein as Albert
· Emmalyn Estrada as Juliet
· Erica Cerra
· Jason Gedrick as Evan Farnsworth
· Richard Harmon as Drew
· Teryl Rothery as Chairperson Madelyn
· Dan Blatt as EP
· Jamie Goehring as PROD
· Michael J. Murray as WRTR
· Shawn Williamson as EP
· Terry Ingram as DIR
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· Daniel H. Blatt Productions
· Pitchblack Pictures