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The Gathering -- Edward portrays Adam and Maureen is his estranged wife Kate in a beloved holiday classic that celebrates the tender power of forgiveness and the profound gift of family love.


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Release Date:
4 December 1977 (USA) See more »
Emmy Award Winner - Best Dramatic Special [Video Australia]
Dying father (Ed Asner) pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Asner ... Adam

Maureen Stapleton ... Kate
Rebecca Balding ... Julie
Sarah Cunningham ... Clara

Bruce Davison ... George

Veronica Hamel ... Helen

Gregory Harrison ... Bud Jr.

James Karen ... Bob Block

Lawrence Pressman ... Tom

John Randolph ... Dr. Hodges

Gail Strickland ... Peggy

Edward Winter ... Roger

Stephanie Zimbalist ... Toni
Maureen Readinger ... Tiffany
Ronald Readinger ... Joey
Mary Bradley Marable ... Mary
Cynthia Longstreth ... Joanna
Priscilla Graham ... Connie
John Hubbard ... Reverend Powell

Directed by
Randal Kleiser 
Writing credits
James Poe (written by)

Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... executive producer
Terry Morse Jr. .... associate producer
Harry R. Sherman .... producer
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Dennis Dalzell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Allan Jacobs 
Casting by
David Graham 
Joel Thurm 
Production Design by
Jan Scott 
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley 
Costume Design by
Joe I. Tompkins  (as Joe I. Thompkins)
Makeup Department
Lon Bentley .... makeup artist (as Edward L. Bentley)
Carolyn Elias .... hair stylist (as Carolyn L. Elias)
Production Management
Louis M. Heyward .... executive in charge of production
Terry Morse Jr. .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Morse Jr. .... first assistant director
Jerram A. Swartz .... second assistant director (as Jerram Swartz)
Art Department
Bill Hudson .... property master (as William L. Hudson)
Sound Department
Jack Kirschner .... sound effects editor
James Pilcher .... sound mixer
Richard Raderman .... sound effects editor
Hal Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynne Albright .... costumer: women
Richard Egan .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Donald L. Slemp .... assistant editor (as Don Slemp)
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Other crew
Lester Hoyle .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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One of a few live-action projects produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.See more »
[first lines]
Adam Thornton:God's teeth!
Dr. John Hodges:You never were much of a cusser.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One of the best TV movies ever, 24 December 2000
Author: Marta from United States

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.

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