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The Gift of Love (1978)

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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Agnes
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Constance Schuyler
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William Schuyler
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O'Henry and Narrator
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Alfred Browning
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Mary O'Halloran
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Franz Hollner
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Griggs
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Mrs. Mooney
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Maeve O'Halloran
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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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Drama | Romance

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8 December 1978 (USA)  »

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A szerelem ajándéka  »

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Beth Atherton: He's gone. He's really gone.
[Crying]
Beth Atherton: I'll never see him again.
[Beth and Mary cry together. Long pause]
Beth Atherton: Oh Mary, how selfish of me, not thinking about how you must feel with Franz leaving too.
Mary O'Halloran: There are plenty of other fish in the sea.
[pause]
Mary O'Halloran: We have to get you home.
Beth Atherton: What? Oh no, no I can't go home. I can never go home.
Mary O'Halloran: Never's a long time as my mother would say... but perhaps you're right for now.
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A Holiday classic, with a gorgeous Marie Osmond
4 February 2010 | by (the Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Marie is an orphan. Her rich uncle takes her in, and raises her for a couple years. When she turns 18, he arranges a marriage for her (with an all-but-complete stranger). She has to take it ... or else she will be thrown out on the street. She accepts (and so, uncle will give her a big chunk of money upon the marriage).

Marie had scarlet fever growing up, and when her hair came back, promised her father never to cut it. Mmm. By now it's well-over 4-feet long, lush and beautiful. Soon after her engagement, she meets Timothy Bottoms (in an outstandingly cute performance). They start flirting, but before things go very far, he has knocked her to the ground twice.

June Lockhart plays an air-headed high society lady to the hilt, always focused on the next event. And, the movie is opened and closed by David Wayne, as O'Henry, introducing his story: "The Gift of the Magi." This has warmed my heart several times; it is quite a good Christmas movie.


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