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

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[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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A great holiday movie...sorely missed!
15 December 2005 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

The Gathering used to be an annual holiday tradition on TV, but I haven't seen it in 20 years. It's a poignant story of forgiveness and shows that for many families, Christmas is not a Norman Rockwell painting. Ed Asner's "Adam" is dying of cancer and wants to make amends with his ex-wife and estranged adult children. Of course, there's the tearful happy ending, but the characters go through a lot of emotional strife to get there.

The Gathering is doubly special for me, since it was shot in Chagrin Falls and Solon, Ohio, my old stomping grounds. When I first moved to Texas and had to spend holidays away from home, seeing this movie with its familiar scenery made me feel less alone.

With all the crappy, sappy Christmas movies out there, it's a shame this holiday gem isn't shown regularly anymore and isn't available on DVD. Judging from all the other comments, I'm not alone.


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