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The Gift (1977)

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On a cold winter morning Tav wakes his son Samuel at 4 A.M. to help with chores on the family farm. He sternly comments on Sam's work, such as napping while milking, or spilling a little ... See full summary »

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Tav
Francis L. Urry ...
Jason (as Francis Urry)
Brett Palmer ...
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Joy Sansom ...
Laura Jean
Debbie van Orden ...
Mary Jean
Jeanne Nuttal ...
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On a cold winter morning Tav wakes his son Samuel at 4 A.M. to help with chores on the family farm. He sternly comments on Sam's work, such as napping while milking, or spilling a little milk, causing Sam to tell his mother how hard it is to please his father. She explains that Tav is just teaching him traits he will need as a man, and although his father loves him very much he finds it hard to express this in words. Sam admits to having the same problem. She says that there are unspoken ways to communicate love, and Sam volunteers, "Like Christmas presents ?" She agrees, but will not tell him how to select a special gift for his father. On Christmas morning Sam goes out to the barn alone (except for the cows, pigs, and chickens) to deliver his special gift in a setting very similar to where the very first Christmas gifts were bestowed. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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The message may be good BUT......
11 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

We were tortured with being forced to watch this film each and every December in elementary school, grades 1 thru 6. The movie does have a strong, valuable message that is important for children to learn, but overall the movie comes across as very depressing. All this movie did for me was make me want to go home to my family where I felt safe. I will never forget this film because of how sad and depressing it was, and how it scared the crap out of me and my classmates.

I would not force viewing this upon any child, because it comes across in such a dark and depressing manner that no child will learn the lessons that are taught in it. If you want to scare your children to death each holiday season, then this is the film for you.


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