A Christmas Memory (1997)

A Christmas Memory (1997)





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As directed by TV veteran Glenn Jordan (Heartsounds, Barbarians at the Gate), and adapted by Duane Poole from the classic short story by Truman Capote, the gentle and lyrical holiday-themed drama A Christmas Memory (1997) begins with a seven-year-old boy, Buddy (Eric Lloyd) whose parents drop him off with distant relatives in an unfamiliar town one Christmas holiday. Suddenly lonely and displaced, Buddy finds peace and solace in an unlikely cross-generational friendship with a sweet-natured old woman, Sook (Patty Duke). The two join forces and embark on a series of heartwarming adventures that make the Christmas at hand one of the most unforgettable holidays that either will ever experience.
Drama , Special Interest , Television
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Patty Duke
as Sook
Eric Lloyd
as Buddy
Piper Laurie
as Cousin Jennie
Anita Gillette
as Cousin Callie
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Cousin Seabon
Esther Scott
as Anna Stabler
Jimmie F. Skaggs
as Haha Hones
Robert C. Treveiler
as Adult Buddy
Dan Albright
as Grocer
Reynolds Allen
as Customer
Suzi Bass
as Rachel's Mother
Dan Biggers
as Rev. Dickson
Lala Cochran
as Lazy Wife
David Dwyer
as Farley Wood
Edith Ivey
as Customer
Frank Roberts
as Mr. Macafee
Alex Van
as Bus Driver
Truman Capote
as Narrator
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Audience Reviews for A Christmas Memory

Family movie night was today's advent calendar activity. Ethan gave this a 5. Rodd preferred the version narrated by Truman Capote, but that wasn't on Netflix.

Lisa Whelpley
Lisa Whelpley

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.
Cynthia S.

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5.9/10 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 Marshall
Ryan Marshall

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