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The Gift of Love (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Romance  -  8 December 1978 (USA)
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This is the story of two people, from totally different backgrounds and social status. The boy is a Swiss immigrant working to help his impoverished family, and the girl comes from an ... See full summary »

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Beth Atherton
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Rudi Miller
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Constance Schuyler
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William Schuyler
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This is the story of two people, from totally different backgrounds and social status. The boy is a Swiss immigrant working to help his impoverished family, and the girl comes from an affluent family, and who is also engaged to someone, whom she really doesn't know or care. And she also doesn't tell him who she is. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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hair | watch | newlywed | christmas

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Mary O'Halloran: You're practicing to be old before your time. I don't know what you aunt and uncle are thinking of; arranging a match like that!
Beth Atherton: [Defensively] They're thinking of my future. They don't want me running of with a penny-less music teacher like my mother did.
Mary O'Halloran: Did that end up so bad?
Beth Atherton: [Softens] Bad? My parent's house was the most wonderful place in the world.
Mary O'Halloran: Well then...
Beth Atherton: That was different then. They were so much in love with each other that nothing else mattered. A love like that just doesn't come ...
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Very Sweet and Romantic
13 July 2002 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

Marie Osmond plays a rich girl being raised by her uncle and aunt (June Lockhart). Her guardians encourage a courtship and possible marriage to a nice but boring guy (James Woods). Osmond does not want to spend the rest of her life as pampered wife who does nothing but give society parties. She meets an immigrant, played by Timothy Bottoms, and they fall in love. However, her guardians disapprove of the match because Osmond's late mother allegedly threw her life away by falling in love with a poor man. Bottoms has his own problems--he's only supposed to stay in America long enough to make a little money, then go back home and enter into an arranged marriage.

This movie is based on an O. Henry story called, "The Gift of the Magi". It's a very sweet and romantic tale with a Christmas theme. Osmond and Bottoms are very believable as the young couple.


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