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An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  14 November 2008 (USA)
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Inspired by a short story, Isabella Caldwell is a high-society woman in late-1800's New York. When Isabella's estranged daughter Mary becomes ill and is too proud to ask her mother for ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Mary Bassett
Gad Hopkins (as Kris Turner)
Mr. Hopkins
Paula Boudreau ...
Mrs. Hopkins
Prudence (as Vivien Endicott-Douglas)
Solomon Bassett
Sam Malkin ...
Mr. Yule
Catherine Fitch ...
Fitter Bider
Paul Brown
Sarah Cassidy
Sharon McFarlane


Inspired by a short story, Isabella Caldwell is a high-society woman in late-1800's New York. When Isabella's estranged daughter Mary becomes ill and is too proud to ask her mother for assistance, Mary's daughter, Tilly, takes it upon herself to contact her grandmother and plead for help. Isabella's arrival causes an upheaval in many lives, but may also lead to reconciliation within the family. Written by Anonymous

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This is not the first time Tatiana Maslany and Kristopher Turner worked together. They were also on the television series Instant Star together. Kristopher had a lead role on the show and Tatiana has a recurring role in the final season. See more »


Mathilda Bassett: [Referring to the Hopkins' upcoming party] Isabella says I should have a proper gown.
Mary Bassett: Does she?
Mathilda Bassett: Yes. She says a first impression is what one always remembers.
Mary Bassett: I trust it does not owe solely to one's costume.
Mathilda Bassett: The outward appearance effects the estimation of the rest.
Mary Bassett: Do you hope to affect a particular person, or just cause a general stir?
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Great Thanksgiving Story...
9 November 2009 | by (Salem, Illinois, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I think that the problem that most people have with this movie is that it is so far removed from Louisa May Alcott's story that the only thing they have in common is the title and the name of the family. And on a more personal level, my maternal grandmother being a Bassett from the old New England family, I didn't like that they turned Ellis Bassett into an Irishman, when Bassett is one of the oldest and well-known Norman-English names in England and Old Yankee names in New England. And so as not to make anyone mad, I do have some Irish in me and I don't have a problem with being Irish. It is just the turning of a name into something it isn't. It would be like calling the Kennedy family English.

So, now that I gave what I didn't like about the movie, this is what I loved. The movie was excellent. The costuming was out of this world. The homes in the movie were perfect. The plot line was good. The actors were great. And like with most Hallmark movies, I really felt good at the end of the movie.

So if you watch this movie just on its own, not comparing it to the original story by Louisa May Alcott, then you're going to love it.

I purchased the movie and it will be one of the movies that my family and I watch every year near Thanksgiving Day.

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