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"Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)"Disneyland" The Thanksgiving Promise (original title)

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Glenn L. Anderson (teleplay)
Craig Holyoak (teleplay)
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Original Air Date:
23 November 1986 (Season 31, Episode 8)
A teenage boy is torn between his love for an injured Canadian goose that he has found and his agreement to fatten and kill it for an approaching Thanksgiving dinner for his neighbors. | Add synopsis »
Bridges Matriarch Dies
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Heartfelt, enjoyable movie. Wish they would show it again on TV. See more (7 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Beau Bridges ... Hank Tilby

Millie Perkins ... Lois Tilby

Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Sheryl

Ed Lauter ... Coach Gruniger

Anne Haney ... Mrs. Sudsup
Beau Dremann ... Alec
Bill Calvert ... Jason Tilby

Jordan Bridges ... Travis Tilby

Jason Bateman ... Steve Tilby

Lloyd Bridges ... Stewart Larson
Jason Naylor ... Arnold
Jessica Puscas ... Jenni Tilby
Joshua Bryant ... Sam the Vet
Zero Hubbard ... Jeff
Tina Caspary ... 1st Girl
Scott Nemes ... 1st Boy
Kiblena Peace ... Emily
Mark Clayman ... Tommy
Dorothy Dean Bridges ... Aggie Larson
Allan Dietrich ... Square Dance Caller
Lucinda Jany ... Neighbor Lady
Leonard P. Geer ... Old Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Bridges ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Beau Bridges 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Glenn L. Anderson  teleplay
Craig Holyoak  teleplay
Peter N. Johnson  teleplay
Blaine Yorgason  novel "Chester, I Love You"
Blaine Yorgason  teleplay
Brenton Yorgason  novel "Chester, I Love You"

Produced by
Mel Ferrer .... executive producer
Mark H. Ovitz .... producer
John Garbett .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bruce Broughton 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp 
Film Editing by
James T. Heckert 
Casting by
Joyce Agu  (as Joyce Robinson)
Penny Ellers 
Production Design by
Ida Random 
Set Decoration by
Ethel Robins Richards 
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... makeup artist
Gregg Mitchell .... hair stylist
Production Management
Steve Barnett .... unit production manager (as Stephen J Barnett)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Paul Moore .... second assistant director
R.A. Rondell .... second unit director
Ira Shuman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Lavar Emert .... property master
Arthur Heinemann .... scenic chargehand
Bill Merrett .... set dresser
Sound Department
Val Kuklowsky .... sound editor
Patrick Mitchell .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margo Baxley .... key costumer
Ronald I. Caplan .... key costumer (as Ron Caplan)
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
A. David Marshall .... music editor
Other crew
Cheryl Denise Edwards .... assistant: to Mr. Ovitz
Gary Gero .... animals: owned and trained by
Mark Jackson .... animals: owned and trained by
June Jordan .... stand-in
Lorna Neal .... production coordinator
Bonnie Prendergast .... script supervisor
Ryan Rosenberg .... location manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Disneyland: The Thanksgiving Promise (#31.8)" - USA (original title)
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90 min | USA:120 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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This is the only production in which Lloyd Bridges, 'Jeff Bridges' and 'Beau Bridges' all appear.See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Heartfelt, enjoyable movie. Wish they would show it again on TV., 31 March 2004
Author: Gemini1953 from Redford, Michigan, USA

I saw this movie on TV when it first came out (before I owned a VCR or I would have taped it). Beau Bridges' real life son, Jason, plays one of three teenage sons who is having some life/school problems. The title comes from the son being given money by a neighbor to raise a young Canada Goose the neighbor (played by Lloyd Bridges) found on the road. The teenager is to feed and be responsible for the goose, then when Thanksgiving comes, to kill it for the neighbor to have for Thanksgiving dinner. This is the boy's promise and this promise comes to bring second thoughts for him. It was a heartfelt and enjoyable movie about family, keeping promises/commitments, dealing with bullies and family dynamics. Beau, Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, and Beau's son, Jason are very convincing as family and friends who love and respect each other. Jeff Bridges plays a neighbor who helps the boy to earn money with washing his truck. The three actors who play the sons conveyed true brotherly love and support, which is nice to see in movies. I really enjoyed it and wish it was on every Thanksgiving. We need more good family movies like this.

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