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Holiday in Handcuffs is a made-for-television Christmas movie starring Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez, originally aired as part of ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas on December 9, 2007.


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Would-be painter Gertrude "Trudie" Chandler loses her waitress job and boyfriend Nick on Christmas Eve - her only shot not to feel like her family's black sheep. To replace the ideal son-in-law with even hunkier dream-prince, David Martin, she kidnaps him at gunpoint to attend the family holidays in a secluded luxurious log cabin. Crazy lies prevent David from convincing the Chandler family he's not Nick and from escaping. After finally passing a rescue call to his spoiled fiancée, David decides to play the perfect catch to make her undoing worse. Before the police rescues him, he and the family adore each-other, the others all prove imperfect, David and Trudy reassess after getting to know each-other.


The movie was released on DVD on October 7, 2008. It was re-released along with Snowglobe on October 13, 2009.


Actress/actor Character(s)
Melissa Joan Hart Trudie
Mario Lopez David Martin
Markie Post Mrs. Chandler
Timothy Bottoms Mr. Chandler
June Lockhart Grandma Dolores
Kyle Howard Jake Chandler
Vanessa Lee Evigan Katie Chandler
Gabrielle Miller Jessica
Layla Alizada Lucy
Marty Hanenberg Mr. Portnoy
Benjamin Ayres (The Real) Nick
Travis Milne Ryan
Cedric De Souza Taj
Marion Eisman Mrs. Barber
Karen Hines Maria
Maureen Jones Barbara
Matt Embry Slick guy
Andrea D'Amours Office worker
Stafford Lawrence Old man
Greg Lawson
Rod Heatheringston
Gerrick Winston Steve
Nkechi Odina Clerk
Christian Fraser Guy in car
Taison Gelinas Kid
Raymond Yu Diner Patron

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Freeform Original Movies
Family Channel Era (1996-97) Christmas Every DayThe Christmas List
Fox Family Era (1998-2000) Like Father, Like SantaThe Ghosts of Christmas EveSpecial Delivery
ABC Family Era (2001-15) Three DaysPicking Up & Dropping OffChristmas in BostonChasing ChristmasSanta BabyChristmas Do-OverChristmas CaperHoliday in HandcuffsSnowglobeSnow 2: Brain FreezeSanta Baby 2: Christmas MaybeThe Dog Who Saved Christmas VacationChristmas CupidDesperately Seeking Santa12 Dates of ChristmasHome Alone: The Holiday HeistThe Mistle-tonesChristmas BountyHolidaze
Freeform Era (2016-present) Holiday JoyAngry AngelThe Truth About ChristmasLife-Size 2No Sleep 'Til ChristmasSame Time, Next ChristmasGhosting: The Spirit of Christmas