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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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Credited cast:
Beth Atherton
Rudi Miller
Constance Schuyler
William Schuyler
O'Henry and Narrator
Alfred Browning
Sondra West ...
Mary O'Halloran
Franz Hollner
Fred Stuthman ...
Peggy Rea ...
Mrs. Mooney
Maeve O'Halloran
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Benoit ...
Liesl's Mother
Browning Servant
Ray Duke ...
Hack Driver


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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

christmas | hair | newlywed | watch


Drama | Romance





Release Date:

8 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem ajándéka  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mary O'Halloran: Your aunt wants me to help you get ready. Mr. Browning will be here any minute.
Beth Atherton: Thank you Mary.
Mary O'Halloran: [Fixes Beth up. Mutters angrily] The whole thing's a cry shame. That's what it is.
Beth Atherton: Mary please don't start that again!
Mary O'Halloran: [Upset] Well why shouldn't I? Wouldn't you try to stop me from being pig-headed and throwing my life away?
Beth Atherton: I'n not throwing my life away! I'm just doing what's expected of me. I love Alfred, you know that.
Mary O'Halloran: Are you trying to tell me that you would...
Beth Atherton: [Interrupts] NO!
Beth Atherton: I'm trying ...
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Love in action
20 November 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Take in this movie at Christmas or any time you want to be reminded what it really means to love someone. The protagonists are likable, the conflicts are genuine, and even the man to whom Beth Atherton is unwillingly engaged (played by James Woods) isn't the villain you'd expect; he's rather sweet and gentle in his own unique way. The antagonists are equally easy to dislike: narrow-minded, misguided, and in some cases self serving, they choose to ignore the time honoured cliché that money cannot buy happiness. This film is basically a beautiful and ironic lesson about true love wrapped in a heart-warming and reasonably entertaining story.

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