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Home for the Holidays (1972)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  28 November 1972 (USA)
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An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.


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Cast overview:
Frederica Morgan
Joanna Morgan
Elizabeth Hall Morgan
Alex Morgan
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John Fink ...
Doctor Ted Lindsay
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Sheriff Nolan


Four sisters reluctantly return home to the country to visit there ailing, embittered father over Christmas. Their father believes that his current wife has tried to poison him, but Dr. Lindsay, the local physician, and the sisters disagree. Then a storm causes the roads to be flooded and the telephone lines to not work. Soon it becomes clear that someone wants to kill the family, as well, when one of them is found murdered. One sister then tries to run through the woods one day to reach Sheriff Nolan for help. But she has her own encounter, as she sees someone chasing her while dressed in a large poncho carrying the pitchfork. She returns home, only to discover more murders. The prime suspect becomes father's wife, but was it someone else? Written by <>

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There's nothing more chilling... Than a warm family gathering!





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28 November 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Desires  »

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Did You Know?


Eleanor Parker who plays the eldest daughter, Alex in the film was actually three years older than Julie Harris who plays her father's wife, Elizabeth. She was also nineteen years older than Jessica Walters who plays Freddie, the second, eldest daughter. And twenty three years older than Jill Hayworth who plays, Jo. Sally Field's character, Chris, is suppose to be much younger than the other sisters. However, she is only fifteen months younger than Jill Hayworth and five years younger than Jessica Walters. See more »


When Dr. Lindsay drives up it is raining but it is not cloudy. See more »


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Jill Haworth is wonderful! Excellent scare flick
30 May 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This movie is filled with so many guilty pleasures and over the top moments,it's a genuine classic! Produced by Aaron Spelling, the film carries a "Melrose Place" type campiness,and a lot of fun to watch. After their father sends them a letter saying his wife is trying to poison him, the four sisters return home for Christmas,and are stalked by a pitchfork happy psychopath. Jill Haworth is gorgeous and gives a deliciously bitchy performance,which is a different type of character than she usually plays. Sally Field is excellent as the "good" sister,and Jessica Walter's boozing and pill popping moments are even more over the top than her performance in "play misty for me". Hysterical stuff! Julie Harris,James Dean's love interest in the film classic "East of Eden" is also excellent as the wicked step-mother,who may or may not actually be the wicked one! GREAT FILM!

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