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The Gathering (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1977
Dying father pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.

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Randal Kleiser

Writer:

James Poe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Adam
Maureen Stapleton ... Kate
Rebecca Balding ... Julie
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... Clara
Bruce Davison ... George
Veronica Hamel ... Helen
Gregory Harrison ... Bud Jr.
James Karen ... Bob Block
Lawrence Pressman ... Tom
John Randolph ... Dr. Hodges
Gail Strickland ... Peggy
Edward Winter ... Roger
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Toni
Maureen Readinger Maureen Readinger ... Tiffany
Ronald Readinger Ronald Readinger ... Joey
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Storyline

Weeks before Christmas, bitter executive Adam Thornton learns that he only has a short time to live. Having abandoned his wife and four children years earlier, Adam confides in his former wife, who encourages him to bring the family together one last time and apologize for his actions. Without telling his children about his terminal illness, Adam worries how they will respond to his sudden request for forgiveness. Written by Jwelch5742

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Emmy Award Winner - Best Dramatic Special [Video Australia]

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gathering See more »

Filming Locations:

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Hanna-Barbera Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Although they were portraying father and son Ed Asner was only 10 years older than Lawrence Pressman. See more »

Goofs

When Peggy joins the carolers, she is carrying a suitcase and an armful of Christmas presents, which she drops to embrace her father. Only the two of them, plus Mary, join the others on the front porch and her bag and packages are never seen again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Adam Thornton: God's teeth!
Dr. John Hodges: You never were much of a cusser.
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Followed by The Gathering, Part II (1979) See more »

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Heart warming holiday story.
22 October 2006 | by M_J_LannesSee all my reviews

This is one of my annual holiday favorites. We have several movies we watch every year during the holidays and this one has been a regular on the list since we got our first copy. We are now on our third. I remember watching it the year it first aired and tried to catch it each year there after. When the holidays are upon us, we set aside an evening to watch this with the family or sometimes I have watched just by myself. Even after watching so many times, it still stirs my holiday spirit and reminds me of family and friends far away. Even knowing the story so well does not keep a few eyes from growing moist. It helps remind me of many a Christmas when I was a kid. Some of us may never grow up. This movie is for the sentimentalist hiding in all of us.


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