Lifetime vacation movie pays homage to Detroit, Smokey Robinson

There are 141 new holiday movies debuting during the Christmas season this year on channels like Lifetime and Hallmark Channel. I know this number because I have a friend who listed them all on a spreadsheet so that she and her sister could keep track of which ones they watched.

One of those films is “Miracle in Motor City”, which pays homage to The Motor City and Motown legend Smokey Robinson. The film debuted on the Lifetime Network over Thanksgiving weekend and is sure to repeat itself throughout the Christmas season. It’s featured in TV Guide’s list of the best new Christmas movies this season, along with entries from Destiny Child’s Kelly Rowland and country superstar Reba McEntire.

Centers around Amber Dupont, a woman from Detroit who is in charge of her church’s annual Christmas pageant and makes the mistake of promising Detroit’s Smokey Robinson will perform. She and her ex are on a mission to make Smokey happen and, like a lifetime, have the opportunity to rekindle the flame they’ve lost.

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According to the Detroit Free Press, the film is primarily shot in Toronto, but is peppered with enough Detroit footage to give it a true Motown feel.

Robinson stars as himself in the film and told Billboard magazine that he thinks the script is “warm, wonderful, and sweet.”

“I hope this will bring positive feelings to the people of Detroit,” said Robinson.

Watch a clip in the video player below.

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