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The Gathering (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1977
Dying father (Ed Asner) pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.

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When Adam Thornton learns that he only has a little time left, he decides that he wants to make peace with his family. Only problem is that most of his family are not exactly fond of him because he walked out on his wife and of his stubborn nature and he hasn't spoken to his youngest son after having an argument with him which he was in the wrong but only realize after his son left and has not been heard from since. But he goes to her to help him find him. But when his doctor says that it won't be good for him to travel, she suggests that they invite them all for Christmas. While most of them come, Adam's attempt at reconciliation won't be easy. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Emmy Award Winner - Best Dramatic Special [Video Australia]

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4 December 1977 (USA)  »

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Letzte Weihnacht  »

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Although they were portraying father and son Ed Asner was only 10 years older than Lawrence Pressman. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Adam Thornton: God's teeth!
Dr. John Hodges: You never were much of a cusser.
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Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) See more »

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What would it take for a critically-acclaimed, highly-rated TV movie to be released on DVD? (2011 Update)
13 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was interesting to read the production credits of The Gathering, an extremely well-acted drama, and see the following title - Executive Producer: Joseph Barbera. When Barbera died in 2006, it was a shame that the obits never mentioned his Emmy win for this critically acclaimed TV movie. Barbera, with business partner William Hanna, produced numerous TV cartoon shows and the Tom & Jerry shorts. The Gathering was Hanna-Barbera's few non-animated projects and this Emmy-award winning drama hit the ball right out of the park with its unsentimental view of one family celebrating Christmas for a final time with their long-lost father.

Strong performances by a great ensemble cast including Edward Asner and Maureen Stapleton as the parents, an observant script by James Poe (who co-adapted Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and won an Oscar co-adapting Around the World in Eighty Days) and well-directed by Randal Kleiser (who would direct the movie Grease a year later) made The Gathering one of the better TV-movies from the 1970s.

Update: May 13, 2011

Warner Brothers Archive Collection released The Gathering on DVD in 2009.


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