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A sailor on Christmas leave visits his boozing, one-legged father and dreamer mother in 1950s Brooklyn.


Don Taylor


Pete Hamill (novel), Robert Malloy (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Frank ... Pete Devlin
Julie Harris ... Anne Devlin
Allison Argo Allison Argo ... Kathleen
Glenn Ford ... Billy Devlin
Maggie Cooper Maggie Cooper ... Betty
Kevin Bacon ... Teddy
M. Emmet Walsh ... The Commander
Tom Clancy Tom Clancy ... Richie Brennan
Harry Gold Harry Gold ... Griffin
Phillip Pine ... Boop
Mitchell Group ... Sal
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Mrs. Crowley
Lewis Charles ... Izzy
K.C. Martel ... John
Antony Ponzini ... Patsy


A sailor on Christmas leave visits his boozing, one-legged father and dreamer mother in 1950s Brooklyn.

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Home from the Navy on Christmas Leave. To the hard-working hard-drinking city streets of the '50's. To the girl he may kill for. And to the father he's never really known. See more »



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The Devlins of Brooklyn
9 February 2021 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Gift is a film set in the 50s in Brooklyn just as the Korean War is going. The reference is to 1952-53 because father and son Glenn Ford and Gary Frank discuss the recent presidential election where Frank expresses surprise that his father voted for Ike. Quite a few Democrats did even in Democratic Brooklyn.

But politic isn't all that divides the father and son. Ford is a man with one leg and it wasn't a war injury that did it. He drinks a lot and just won't talk about his feelings. Frank who is on leave from the navy would like to get closer to his father, but Ford is stoic and proud and puts up an emotional barrier.

Julie Harris plays the mother and referee between the two. Later on its revealed the reason for the amputation and that is what really rocks Frank's world. No wonder Ford is such a bitter man.

The Gift reconstructs 50s Brooklyn that I remember as a kid. There's a nice soundtrack of period music that's part of The Gift. There's also a good performance by an as yet unknown Kevin Bacon as a younger and stupider son of Ford and Harris.

What is The Gift? All I'll say is that if you treasure it forever it will keep on giving.

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15 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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