The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)





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On Christmas Eve in 1933, a large family eagerly anticipates the arrival home of the patriarch as a dangerous blizzard rages outside. This made-for-TV production inspired the creation of The Waltons.
PG (brief mild language)
Drama , Kids & Family , Television
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Patricia Neal
as Olivia
Richard Thomas
as John-Boy
William Windom
as Charley
Edgar Bergen
as Grandpa
Ellen Corby
as Grandma
Kami Cotler
as Elizabeth
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A really underrated and overlooked Christmas movie. It'll probably get retro and be "found" some day. Or, as is today's fashion - a remake (but this original is great). Especially as it is about the Depression, and the tale of simple gift giving and poverty is there for all to see. The Black church scene is especially well acted (and pretty modern for its time it, included African-Americans), the broken charity doll and the Baldwin sisters' Christmas tree are timeless scenes. The bird's nest being used as an ornament on the kids' Xmas tree is so anti-Hallmark. Some of John-boy's hallucinations are over the top, but you get the vibe that Patricia Neal (the actress)may have been drinking alot between filming. Thomas White

Tom White
Tom White

This was the basis for The Waltons TV series, and is just as overly sentimental as the series. It means well and does evoke a good spirit and has a flawed but nice feel for the time. The performances by the adult cast members is good, the younger ones not so good. Well meaning story.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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