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Decoration Day (1990)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 2 December 1990
A grumpy man must rejoin his community when his godchild gets in trouble and a childhood friend refuses to accept a Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in World War II.


Robert Markowitz
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
James Garner ... Albert Sidney Finch
Judith Ivey ... Terry Novis
Ruby Dee ... Rowena, Finch's Housekeeper
Bill Cobbs ... Gee Pennywell
Laurence Fishburne ... Michael Waring, DOD Man
Jo Anderson ... Loreen Wendell
Norm Skaggs ... Billy Wendell
Wallace Wilkinson ... Judge Wesley
Jonathan Peck Jonathan Peck ... Young Gee
Ric Reitz ... Young Albert
Jeff Young Lewis Jeff Young Lewis ... Imposter Lieutenant
Tracy Perry Tracy Perry ... Tracy Wendell
Dwionne Dickerson Dwionne Dickerson ... Fritzie, Gee's Granddaugher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Crissy ... Golden Retriever, Dog
Stephen Rollins Stephen Rollins ... Private Lester


A cantankerous widower (Garner) who is virtually living the life of a recluse is forced to rejoin his community when his Godchild (Skaggs) gets in trouble and a childhood friend (Cobbs), a black tenant farmer, refuses to belatedly accept the Medal of Honor for bravery in World War II. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Albert Sidney Finch got the Purple Heart for being shot in the back in France in World War II; James Garner received the Purple Heart for being shot in the butt during the Korean War. See more »


Rowena, Finch's Housekeeper: Men are boys til you bury them.
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Mr. Hallmark Hall of Fame
5 December 2017 | by AjtlawyerSee all my reviews

James Garner made a bit of a cottage industry out of appearing in Hallmark Hall of Fame TV-movies. Hallmark productions were always noted for their high quality and portrayal of solid community values.

In "Decoration Day" Garner plays a retired Southern judge who is somewhat of a recluse. He is pulled back into the community when a young man gets into trouble, Garner finds a new chance to connect with an interesting woman, and he has to persuade a childhood friend to reconsider his refusal to accept a belated Medal of Honor.

Bill Cobbs plays Gee, Garner's childhood friend and a tenant farmer who has had to deal with racial injustice all of his life while his educated white friend Garner has had a much easier and successful path. Both men served in WWII, Gee in a segregated Negro unit. When the Army determines that Gee should receive the Medal of Honor the community is disrupted and people have to re-examine racial attitudes when Gee refuses to accept this most prestigious honor.

As you'd expect in a Hallmark production, the topics are dealt with in a quiet, responsible, non-histrionic way. Garner and the cast all deliver.

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2 December 1990 (USA) See more »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Decoration Day (#40.1) See more »

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