The Waltons: Season 1, Episode 0

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (19 Dec. 1971)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Family | Romance
8.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 613 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 2 critic

Story of the events that happened on Christmas Eve, 1933, to one rural American family.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

Patricia Neal: 1926-2010
| IMDb News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 363 titles
created 03 Feb 2012
 
a list of 706 titles
created 20 Dec 2012
 
a list of 100 titles
created 22 Apr 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 14 Sep 2013
 
a list of 402 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (19 Dec 1971)

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (19 Dec 1971) on IMDb 8.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Waltons.

User Polls

1 of 213 Episodes | Next Episode »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Edgar Bergen ...
...
...
Dorothy Stickney ...
Josephine Hutchinson ...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Eric Scott ...
David W. Harper ...
Edit

Storyline

The Walton family is about to celebrate another Christmas. It's during the '30s and the Depression. John Walton promised to be home soon but seems to be late. John-Boy tells his sibs about Christmas and all that stuff. When John hasn't showed for hours, Ma sends John-Boy out to find him. Will John ever get home to celebrate Christmas with his family? This movie spun off the TV series "The Waltons". Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 December 1971 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Earl Hamner's two children Scott and Carrie are in the film as two of the children listening to the missionary lady. Carrie is the short-dark-haired girl in a home-made hat and Scott is the boy with paler hair, also wearing a hat. See more »

Goofs

The calendar in the kitchen clearly shows Christmas Eve on a Monday, but in 1933 (which is when the story is supposedly taking place) Christmas Eve was on a Sunday. See more »

Quotes

Grandpa: This is fought-for land.
John-Boy: Battles right here?
Grandpa: More than one: flood, fire, freezing weather, diptheria, scarlet fever, whooping cough, loneliness, hard times.
John-Boy: I thought you meant wars.
Grandpa: Them too.
See more »

Connections

Followed by A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Throw Out the Life Line
Performed by Cleavon Little, with Dorothy Stickney, Josephine Hutchinson and Richard Thomas.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A Wonderful Christmas Family Film
25 December 2002 | by (CT USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this as a kid and still feel I need to see it every Christmas. I group it with "A Christmas Carol", "The Grinch", "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's A Wonderful Life" as Christmas movie essentials.

The acting is superbly done by seasoned pros and brilliant newcomers who give added depth to a well crafted script that tells the true story of a depression-era poor Baptist rural Virginia family awaiting its father to return home Christmas Eve. The story is simple and the movie never strays from its central theme, adding plenty of character developing touches that most folks can relate to. The Waltons are a real Baptist family dealing with the issues of the day, such as the economic meltdown of the '30s and bootlegging, and the timeless problems of family harmony, love, adolescence, pride, privacy, values, vocation choice and parental expectation.

The beautiful mountain scenery adds to the Christmas spirit that contrasts with the meager living the townspeople endure year after year. The Christmas tree, sleigh ride and church scenes are all treated with the respect that this humble family deserves and should warm even the coldest heart without getting overly sentimental. Plenty of Bible references to remind the viewer what Christmas is all about.

Cheers: Fine acting all around. Realistic portrayals. Wonderful scenery. A Currier and Ives looks without the empty sentimentality. Less Santa and more Jesus.

Caveats: May bore very young children.

My Rating: 9 out of 10 Stars!


14 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favorite Character Who Was Not a Walton janet-conant
Olivia's Italian Family madison_70
1930s- 40's setting- 70's hairstyles Flywiththeowl
Erin in 'The Return' shannongr
Trivia for you madison_70
This show used to scare me senseless when I was little cmfalf
Discuss The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page