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One Christmas (1994)





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A young boy embarks on a holiday adventure with his estranged father in this poignant family drama starring Henry Winkler, Katherine Hepburn, and Swoosie Kurtz. Based on a short story by author Truman Capote, One Christmas opens in 1930, as eight year old Buddy (T.J. Lowther) leaves his aunt in Alabama to spend Christmas with his father in New Orleans. It's been years since Buddy has seen his dad, and these days the old swindler seems more interested pulling off scams than bonding with his long lost son. But the life of a con man has taken a heavy toll on Buddy's dad, and when you're entire world is based on lies, a little truth can bring the whole thing crashing down. As the hard-living grifter begins to realize the importance of cherishing every minute he has with the boy who looks up to him, young Buddy gets his Christmas wish to reconnect with the father he's never known, but always loved.
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Katharine Hepburn
as Cornelia Beaumont
Julie Harris
as Cousin Sook Faulk
Swoosie Kurtz
as Emily Yarbrough
Pat Hingle
as Bus Driver
Tonea Stewart
as Evangeline
Marilyn Allen
as Miss Ivy
Mary Lucy Bivins
as Miss Julene
Nello Tare
as Gentleman #1
Henderson Gilliland
as Glenn Gilmore
Joe Inscoe
as Mr. Farris
Joe Maggard
as Dixon Hobbs
David Lenthall
as Billiard Player
Thomas Myers Jr.
as Salesman
Tom Hull
as Party Guest
Bob Hannah
as Man No.1
John Henry Scott
as Man No. 2
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Critic Reviews for One Christmas

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Katharine Hepburn's last film is a weak adaptation of Truman Capote's One Christmas.

Full Review… | January 31, 2005

Audience Reviews for One Christmas

If you love Capote's Christmas stories, then you might also love this movie. It takes Sook five minutes of screen time to charge the rest of the movie with all the glittering magic of the love between her and little Buddy, concern for the other characters and tension over Buddy's fate. Henry Winkler is surprisingly restrained and not annoying, except as is true to the character. The movie is much more Capote then Hallmark (I won't usually even consider Hallmark movies.) Very underrated. A rare, complex Christmas movie, uplifting but also bittersweet.

Michael Place
Michael Place

I really tried to like this movie. What's not to like about Henry Winkler and Katharine Hepburn? Sadly, I just could not get into it. The production is poor and the movie as a whole is pretty hokey. Definitely not about to become one of my holiday traditions.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

One Christmas is an autobiographical story of Truman Capote's life. This film is not for the weak of heart. It tugs at your heart-strings. Even though, it is a heartfelt christmas film, I didn't enjoy it. The characters weren't intriguing, although, I felt the acting was respectable. I think most people would enjoy the book more than the film and if you haven't read the book, I suggest it. I believe it would be better the this.

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

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