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One Christmas (1994)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Family  |  19 December 1994 (USA)
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A young man is sent to visit his estranged father for Christmas in 1930 in New Orleans. Based on an autobiograhical short story by Truman Capote.



(short story "One Christmas"), (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornelia Beaumont
T.J. Lowther ...
Bus driver
Troy Simmons ...
Marilyn Allen ...
Miss Ivy
Mary Lucy Bivins ...
Miss Julene
Henderson Gilliland ...
Glenn Gilmore
Mr. Farris
Dixon Hobbs
David Lenthall ...
Billiard player
Thomas Myers Jr. ...


A young man is sent to visit his estranged father for Christmas in 1930 in New Orleans. Based on an autobiograhical short story by Truman Capote.

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Drama | Family





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19 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Truman Capote's One Christmas  »

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Katharine Hepburn's last film appearance. See more »


In the restaurant when Buddy and his father are eating oyster's, the Tabasco bottle on the table is not vintage from the 1930s. It is the present-day bottle with a red plastic top. That would not have been a 30s bottle. See more »

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One watch is all it takes for "One Christmas".
10 May 2005 | by (Phx. Arizona ("Arizona Smells Funny"!- Homer Simpson)) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure how some others arrived at a negative conclusion after seeing this movie. I checked it out from the library,having found out it was the last thing Hepburn ever did on film. Hepburn is basically by this time playing herself (and except for her most extreme movie roles) I think she always had to some extent.

Her charm in the movie is simple and easy. Hers is really not the main role in the movie,that would be Buddy and his father. (Played by my favorite actor Henry Winkler.) While his character is obviously not aware that his best efforts in being Buddy's dad are only hurting him more,he is really just a man trying to re-connect with his boy.

Buddy is not a brat but a child filled with hurt and confusion. (With a dad like he has,that is crooked and an embarrassment before the town it's no wonder! ...but all becomes rectified by the end I wont say how). It is after all,a holiday film. One watch is all it took to make me want to see it Christmas.

(Interesting to note: Kate's first movie "A Bill Of Divorcement" & last movie "One Christmas" both take place at Christmas.

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