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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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Thanksgiving film with lots of great family-oriented themes. 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: "The Thanksgiving Promise"
Blaine Yorgason  teleplay
Brenton Yorgason  novel: The Thanksgiving Promise

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
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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Aptly enough for a Thanksgiving story, the Bridges family get together in a unique three generational ensemble with parents Lloyd Bridges and Dorothy Dean Bridges, sons Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges and Beau's son Jordan Bridges.See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Thanksgiving film with lots of great family-oriented themes., 22 November 2007
Author: wallcind from Vermont, United States

I taped this movie when it was first on and, as a teacher, have shown it to my sixth graders every year. They all LOVE it even in this day of sex, violence, and graphic action. The movie is heart-warming and filled with lots of wonderful family-oriented themes, love from the heart being the over-riding one. It's sad that today's film-makers can't produce family-oriented movies without trash. This film is a great example of family values, self-responsibility, and living an honest lifestyle of hard work and respect for self and others. Today's youth needs more movies like this! This one needs to be released on DVD now!

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