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A Hobo's Christmas (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 6 December 1987
An old hobo finds the family he walked out on 20 years before.

Director:

Will Mackenzie

Writers:

Joe Byrne (story), Jeb Rosebrook (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barnard Hughes ... Chance Grovner
Gerald McRaney ... Charlie
Wendy Crewson ... Laurie
William Hickey ... Cincinnati Harold
Lee Weaver ... Biloxi Slim
Jamie Sorrentini ... Kathy Grovner (as Jamie Mills)
Harley Cross ... Bobby Grovner
Helen Stenborg Helen Stenborg ... Mrs. Gladys Morgan
Michael Ruud Michael Ruud ... Omaha John Boswell (as Michael Rudd)
Logan Field Logan Field ... Lt. Nielsen
Alan Gregory Alan Gregory ... Desk Clerk
Michael Flynn ... Priest
Laura Hughes Laura Hughes ... Carolina Blue
Dana Cutrer Dana Cutrer ... Cajun
Donré Sampson ... Desk Sergeant
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Storyline

Drifting from place to place, Hughes finds himself in his hometown of Salt Lake City on Christmas. He hopes to close old wounds and be reunited with his son, and get to know the grandchildren he has never met. But his son, still resenting the fact that his father ran out on his family 25 years earlier, gives his father only one day with his grandkids; after that, he's expected to leave and never come back. Written by Ricci Bilotta

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Natal Especial See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Chance (Hobo): Courtesy pays big dividends and doesn't cost a penny.
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a gentle story of separation and forgiveness
22 December 2007 | by benglesonSee all my reviews

I'm not someone who easily embraces Christmas. What I do like are simple, eloquent tales of folks reuniting or connecting at Christmas, examining their lives and making small adjustments. This is a compact little story of a painful past and an attempt at resolution. I found myself choking up here and there as the tale progressed, enjoying wise children, the camaraderie of people of the road and overall, the somewhat washed out images of Salt Lake City. There are plenty of sappy Christmas movies trying desperately to become instant classics. I think this might be a true contender. I enjoyed its message. I won't say what that message is but I suspect most will get it.


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