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The Greatest Gift (1974)

Reverend Holvak, a poor rural preacher in the 1940s, fights against stiff- necked church deacons and a violent, bullying sheriff while struggling to support his family.

Director:

Boris Sagal

Writers:

Jack Farris (novel), Abby Mann (as Ben Goodman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Rev. Holvak
Julie Harris ... Elizabeth Holvak
Lance Kerwin ... Ramey Holvak
Harris Yulin ... Hog Yancy
Charles Tyner ... Amos Goodloe
Dabbs Greer ... Deacon Hurd
Cari Anne Warder Cari Anne Warder ... Julie Mae Holvak
Furman Walters Furman Walters ... Willis Graham
Leslie Thorsen Leslie Thorsen ... Tincey Bell
Ken Renard ... Abraham Morrison
J. Don Ferguson J. Don Ferguson ... Jim Friedlin
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewell Akins Lewell Akins ... Hap
Don Devendorf Don Devendorf ... Bert
Bob Hannah ... Emmet Posten
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Storyline

Reverend Holvak, a poor rural preacher in the 1940s, fights against stiff- necked church deacons and a violent, bullying sheriff while struggling to support his family. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Statesboro, Georgia, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Rev. Holvak: Look, Ramey, what you have to realize is, not everything you do is apt to send you right down to hell.
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Connections

Followed by The Family Holvak (1975) See more »

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some messages are forever
24 August 2008 | by lthompson1478See all my reviews

I just happened onto this movie one Sat. afternoon while taking a break, and I absolutely could not get up to finish what I was doing until it was over. I hadn't ever seen the movie before , so it was a real treat. I told my husband about it that evening and after a few minutes he realized he had seen part of it years ago also. Only problem was neither of new the name, and it was not listed in the paper. I finally found out by getting on the computer.

Glen Ford's character was so powerful, tender, loving, caring, strong. His wife so typical of that of a preachers wife in that time, and the son, a country boy with so much insight and intelligence,maturity, and innocence all wrapped up in one.

I hope I get the chance to see this movie from beginning to end sometime. Some messages are so powerful it doesn't matter how old they are, they still can be applied to our lives today, next week, next year,etc..


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