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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Statesboro, Georgia, USA

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Universal Television See more »
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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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Made an impression and would love to see it again.
10 January 2003 | by speedwaymotorsportsSee all my reviews

I was a teenager in the 70's and watched tons of television. If I make a list of some the programs that made an impression and have stuck with me until this day this one is definitely on the list. Of the great made for television programs from the 70's `The Greatest Gift" ranks right up there with the `Homecoming', and `The Gathering'.


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