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The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)

The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)

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When it was first telecast on November 23, 1986, the made-for-TV Thanksgiving Promise (based on a novel by Blaine and Brenton Yorgason) was advertised as "A Thanksgiving Story as Only Disney Can Tell It." Actually, the film might not have come to fruition at all without the input of the Bridges family: Lloyd, Beau, Lloyd's wife Dorothy, Beau's son Jordan, and Jeff Bridges (uncredited). Jordan Bridges is the central character, a farm boy living in the shadow of his older brothers. Jordan's neighbor (Lloyd) entrusts the boy with a man-sized job: To care for a wounded gosling and fatten up the bird for Thanksgiving dinner. Inevitably, Jordan becomes attached to the bird, and as Thanksgiving approaches, he takes a series of odd jobs, hoping to buy the goose from his neighbor. But Jordan's father (Beau) insists that the boy keep his word and relinquish the goose. In addition to his costarring chores in Thanksgiving Promise, Beau Bridges coproduced and directed the film.

Cast

Beau Bridges
as Hank Tilby
Lloyd Bridges
as Stewart Larson
Millie Perkins
as Lois Tilby
Jeff Bridges
as Neighbor (uncredited)
Ed Lauter
as Coach Gruniger
Anne Haney
as Mrs. Sudsup
Bill Calvert
as Jason Tilby
Jason Bateman
as Steve Tilby
Joshua Bryant
as Sam the Vet
Scott Nemes
as 1st Boy
Tina Caspary
as 1st Girl
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