A Christmas Memory (1997)

A Christmas Memory


No critic reviews yet...

No critic reviews yet...


Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Made for television, A Christmas Memory is adapted from the wistful short story by Truman Capote, previously filmed in 1967 as a one-hour episode of ABC Stage 67. Capote himself narrated the original version, in which he recalled his lonely childhood and the strong bond between himself and his simple-minded older cousin Sook, a role brilliantly essayed in 1967 by Geraldine Page. The remake stars Patty Duke as Sook, with whom young Buddy (Eric Lloyd) (the Capote character) lives during one … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Duane Poole
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2007


as Sook

as Buddy

as Cousin Jennie

as Cousin Callie

as Cousin Seabon

as Anna Stabler

as Haha Hones

as Rachel's Mother

as Rev. Dickson

as Lazy Wife

as Farley Wood

as Customer

as Mr. Macafee

as Bus Driver

as Narrator
Show More Cast

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for A Christmas Memory

There are no critic reviews yet for A Christmas Memory. Keep checking Rotten Tomatoes for updates!

Audience Reviews for A Christmas Memory


Not being exposed to this story in an older version, I can appreciate this story as one that reflects a simpler time, and yet reflects a writing style that we are in too much of a hurry to write today. This story is an example of the times, the love, and the heart of this era. It portrays people who lived in tough times, and made sacrifices to do good, even when the cost was high. I enjoyed this.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Pleasant enough but missing a certain magic, Patty Duke overdoes it just a bit although her final scenes are good. For a superior treatment of a Capote story watch the Grass Harp instead.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Surprisingly decent, as far as pretty much non-existent, apparently "award-winning" adaptations of famous pieces of literature go. "A Christmas Memory" is consistently enjoyable thanks to the fact that it's never too bad and never too good. Could it be better, considering what it's got? No, probably not? Could it have been worse? Oh yeah, it most definitely could have been. Nevertheless, the black-and-white imagery as well as good narration from Capote himself make "A Christmas Memory" anything but memorable, but still enjoyable to watch. If you've got time to kill, then maybe it's worth it. All that I know is: I haven't laughed at a movie/short film this much in a while, and at the same time know that it's moderately "well done". A drunk scene set near the end pretty much takes the cake, complete with both the boy and the family dog getting their share of whiskey. If they weren't drunk, then I don't know what the hell they were doing dancing around as they were.
If there were one thing I could ask for out of a short film such as this, it would be a little bit of emotion. The emotion here is mostly fake, and it's coming out of pretty decent actors as well. It's a shame, because a story like this should by all means be more tender than it is here. Nevertheless, when it ended I felt (sort of) satisfied. But one question remains: How does one achieve awards with mediocrity?

Ryan M
Ryan Marshall

Super Reviewer

A Christmas Memory Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss A Christmas Memory on our Movie forum!