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The Gift of Love (1978)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 8 December 1978
This is the story of two people, from totally different backgrounds and social status. The boy is a Swiss immigrant working to help his impoverished family, and the girl comes from an ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

O. Henry (story "The Gift of the Magi"), Caryl Ledner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marie Osmond ... Beth Atherton
Timothy Bottoms ... Rudi Miller
Bethel Leslie ... Agnes
June Lockhart ... Constance Schuyler
Donald Moffat ... William Schuyler
David Wayne ... O'Henry and Narrator
James Woods ... Alfred Browning
Sondra West Sondra West ... Mary O'Halloran
Robert Pierce ... Franz Hollner
Fred Stuthman ... Griggs
Peggy Rea ... Mrs. Mooney
Anne Ramsey ... Maeve O'Halloran
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Benoit ... Liesl's Mother
Lane Davies ... Browning Servant
Ray Duke Ray Duke ... Hack Driver
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This is the story of two people, from totally different backgrounds and social status. The boy is a Swiss immigrant working to help his impoverished family, and the girl comes from an affluent family, and who is also engaged to someone, whom she really doesn't know or care. And she also doesn't tell him who she is. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerelem ajándéka See more »

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Production Co:

Osmond Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mary O'Halloran: [Sees Beth with her head down] Oh don't cry, oh please don't cry!
Beth Atherton: [Angry] I'm not crying! Oh I just want to die. I've never been so embarrased in my whole life!
Mary O'Halloran: Seems to me you're more angry than anything.
Beth Atherton: [Begins combing her hair roughly] That man... that awful man!
Mary O'Halloran: He's pretty pushy. I'll give him that.
[Begins to fix Beth's hair]
Beth Atherton: If he ever tries to come in the same room with me, I'll... I'll...
Mary O'Halloran: And he deserves every bit of it too.
[They laugh]
Beth Atherton: But wouldn't you be angry with him?
[...]
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A Holiday classic, with a gorgeous Marie Osmond
4 February 2010 | by dennisg-6See all my reviews

Marie is an orphan. Her rich uncle takes her in, and raises her for a couple years. When she turns 18, he arranges a marriage for her (with an all-but-complete stranger). She has to take it ... or else she will be thrown out on the street. She accepts (and so, uncle will give her a big chunk of money upon the marriage).

Marie had scarlet fever growing up, and when her hair came back, promised her father never to cut it. Mmm. By now it's well-over 4-feet long, lush and beautiful. Soon after her engagement, she meets Timothy Bottoms (in an outstandingly cute performance). They start flirting, but before things go very far, he has knocked her to the ground twice.

June Lockhart plays an air-headed high society lady to the hilt, always focused on the next event. And, the movie is opened and closed by David Wayne, as O'Henry, introducing his story: "The Gift of the Magi." This has warmed my heart several times; it is quite a good Christmas movie.


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