MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 104 this week

The Gathering (1977)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  4 December 1977 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 415 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 4 critic

Dying father (Ed Asner) pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 08 Dec 2011
 
a list of 8787 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 
a list of 1305 titles
created 19 Sep 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 59 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Gathering" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Gathering (TV Movie 1977)

The Gathering (TV Movie 1977) on IMDb 7.6/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Gathering.
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tomorrow's Child (TV Movie 1982)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The wife of a research geneticist agrees to the experimental procedure of a 'test-tube baby' by having her fetus brought to full term in a glass car in a laboratory.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, William Atherton, Bruce Davison
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Gavin is 31 years old and still lives with his parents. He is awfully shy but before he knows it there are three women interested in him. Lady Minerva Munday has a casual way of life and ... See full summary »

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Jesse Birdsall, Helena Bonham Carter, Jane Horrocks
Voices from Within (TV Movie 1994)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When her sister, a prim-and-proper nurse, is found murdered in the parking lot of a wild nightclub, pianist Nancy Parkhurst learns the truth about her sister's double life...and in so doing, has to face her own repressed childhood traumas.

Director: Eric Till
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Corbin Bernsen, Stephanie Zimbalist
The Killing Mind (TV Movie 1991)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A female former FBI agent, now a cop in Los Angeles is assigned to catch a ballerina's murderer, but runs into resistance by fellow cops who don't think a woman detective can handle the case.

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes
Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, Tony Bill, Daniel Roebuck
Long Journey Back (TV Movie 1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A teenager is injured while out on a school field trip. Eventually one of her legs has to be amputated. She also has some memory loss. While she struggles to get used to her new (artificial... See full summary »

Director: Mel Damski
Stars: Mike Connors, Cloris Leachman, Stephanie Zimbalist
Forever (TV Movie 1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: John Korty
Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, Dean Butler, John Friedrich
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Based on a true case, this tells the story of two parents in New Jersey whose daughter has lapsed into a coma from which doctors say she will never recover. The parents must decide whether ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Brian Keith, Piper Laurie, David Huffman
Yesterday's Child (TV Movie 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young couple's three-year-old daughter is kidnapped and no trace is ever found of her. Fourteen years later, a young woman claiming to be that girl shows up at the parents' house.

Directors: Corey Allen, Bob Rosenbaum, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Shirley Jones, Ross Martin, Claude Akins
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The visitor that you might expect for Christmas is not who shows up in this film. Instead, a mysterious stranger (Bridges) befriends a small-town eccentric (Mulligan) and confides in him ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schneider
Stars: Richard Mulligan, Beau Bridges, Barbara Barrie
It Happened One Christmas (TV Movie 1977)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own... See full summary »

Director: Donald Wrye
Stars: Marlo Thomas, Orson Welles, Wayne Rogers
Breaking the Silence (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Defending a teen charged with patricide drudges up dark memories for a lawyer.

Director: Robert Iscove
Stars: Gregory Harrison, Stephanie Zimbalist, Chris Young
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Adam
...
Kate
Rebecca Balding ...
Julie
Sarah Cunningham ...
Clara
...
George
...
Helen
...
Bud Jr.
...
Bob Block
...
Tom
...
Dr. Hodges
...
Peggy
Edward Winter ...
Roger
...
Toni
Maureen Readinger ...
Tiffany
Ronald Readinger ...
Joey
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Emmy Award Winner - Best Dramatic Special [Video Australia]

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Letzte Weihnacht  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.
See more »

Connections

Followed by The Gathering, Part II (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the best TV movies ever
24 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sentimental but not sugary-sweet, "The Gathering" is a wonderful holiday treat. Ed Asner is perfect as the businessman who lost his way and his family four years earlier to his career. When he finds out he's dying, he tries to reconcile himself to his four grown children and his estranged wife. She helps him plan the gathering of the family, and in the process they tentatively get to know each other again.

Maureen Stapleton so completely lives her role that you wonder if she's been through something like this before in her own life. She is a revelation, and is the rock-hard center the film anchors itself with. Without her it would be half a film. Lawrence Pressman, Gail Strickland, Rebecca Balding and Gregory Harrison are the children who bring their spouses to the ancestral home to celebrate Christmas. They are all capable actors and actresses, and enhance the production immeasurably. The sets are perfect, the music superb, and the snowfall even arrives on time. It doesn't miss a trick, but you don't realize that while you're watching it. Honest emotions and genuine sentiment, along with a great script, make this a holiday film you won't want to miss.

It's available on DVD through Warner Archive as of 2011, which is great news; however, an audio commentary would have been even better news but the Archive doesn't do extras. "The Gathering" is a classic and is now readily available for everyone to enjoy at Christmas.


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Gathering-Ed Asner Christmas ronbartley
Bought a fabulous quality DVD apiperchic
a christmas classic pamanael
I have 'The Gathering' and 'The Gathering' : Part II tpmetp
The House In The Gathering with Ed Asner apiperchic
the gathering part I hobbit-27
Discuss The Gathering (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?