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The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 20 December 1983
After experiencing several stressful situations within a short time --including the failure of the family business and the loss of her mother-- Janet Broderick becomes ill. Falling into a ... See full summary »

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Delbert Mann
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lee Remick ... Janet Broderick
Angela Lansbury ... Amanda Fenwick
Polly Holliday ... Aunt Minerva
Joe Warren Joe Warren ... Spencer (as Joseph Warren)
Mart Hulswit Mart Hulswit ... Neil
Michael Pearlman ... Michael
Samantha Atkins Samantha Atkins ... Dorothy
Michael Higgins ... Hanibal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Berns Patricia Berns ... Rose
James Dodds James Dodds ... Santa Claus
Jim Dodds Jim Dodds
Alexander Harrington Alexander Harrington ... Russell
Zachary Jaydon Zachary Jaydon ... Tommy
Michael Pastryk Michael Pastryk ... Chance Mayfield
Janet Peterson Janet Peterson ... Abigail Prince
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Storyline

After experiencing several stressful situations within a short time --including the failure of the family business and the loss of her mother-- Janet Broderick becomes ill. Falling into a deep sleep, she dreams of returning to her hometown, taking her children with her to meet her deceased loved ones. Perhaps, during a Christmas reunion with her beloved family, she will find the answer to coping with her troubles. Written by afsnowbird

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Regalo de amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlington, Vermont, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not great
15 September 2017 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS & SPECIALS. I HAVE NO AGENDA.

In this film a woman named Janet is having a hard time because her world in turmoil, Janet (Lee Remick) feels she is losing so much that's important… her beloved mother (Angela Lansbury), the family business, maybe even her husband. Janet dreams of simpler times, of Christmas in the idyllic Vermont of her younger days, and of taking her children back to the family home where her parents and spinster aunt (Polly Holliday) would be waiting for them. And they are, in all the warmth of the holiday. But only when even more seems lost, as one her children is in jeopardy, does Janet search for that 'secret place' where we all may find what really matters, at Christmas and always.

This film holds no surprises and that's too bad. Good enough to watch but don't expect too much. Family Safe but this film will most likely only be liked by OLDER PEOPLE


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