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The Greatest Gift (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  4 November 1974 (USA)
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Reverend Holvak, a poor rural preacher in the 1940s, fights against stiff- necked church deacons and a violent, bullying sheriff while struggling to support his family.



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Complete credited cast:
Rev. Holvak
Elizabeth Holvak
Ramey Holvak
Hog Yancy
Amos Goodloe
Deacon Hurd
Cari Anne Warder ...
Julie Mae Holvak
Furman Walters ...
Willis Graham
Leslie Thorsen ...
Tincey Bell
Ken Renard ...
Abraham Morrison
J. Don Ferguson ...
Jim Friedlin
Burt Douglas ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewell Akins ...
Don Devendorf ...
Bob Hannah ...
Emmet Posten


Reverend Holvak, a poor rural preacher in the 1940s, fights against stiff- necked church deacons and a violent, bullying sheriff while struggling to support his family. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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4 November 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Rev. Holvak: Somebody asked me once if a man could not believe in God and still be good. The answer is, yes. Yes, he could. It ain't enough to come because y' have to. It ain't enough to come because y' fear. "For fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."
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So-so family film.
28 September 2004 | by (Chattanooga, TN) – See all my reviews

This film aired on TBN recently and I found it to be lacking. It seems that much more could have been done with it. Glenn Ford plays the lead well, but really isn't given much to work with. The story revolves around his relationship with his son who he always encourages to do the right thing and doesn't get unhappy when he fails to do so. It seems there could have been more to the father/son conversations than there was. The film does not reveal much about his relationship with his wife or daughter. The villain of the film is somewhat underdeveloped. We see him commit vandalism in the general store and blow a sale for the merchant. That was about it. I wish we could have seen more of his evil. After one surprising event, the rest of the film seems to fall into place as it is quite predictable. Perhaps the characters and plots were better developed in the TV series that followed, The Family Holvak. I like family films, but this one left me wanting.

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