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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8 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem ajándéka  »

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Beth Atherton: What are you doing here? It's your day off.
Mary O'Halloran: I know, but I just had to tell you. The lake in Central Park has frozen over!
Beth Atherton: If only I can go with you.
Mary O'Halloran: Have a headache!
Beth Atherton: A headache? I can't. Alfred and Ms. Browning are going to pop the question today.
Mary O'Halloran: [Sarcastic] How romantic.
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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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