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Decoration Day (1990)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 2 December 1990
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

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

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
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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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Drama

Certificate:

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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 »

Quotes

Rowena, Finch's Housekeeper: Men are boys til you bury them.
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Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Good Work
18 January 2005 | by leslieadamsSee all my reviews

Late in his life when Robert Mitchum was finally receiving accolades for his career work, a reporter asked him why it took so long for such recognition. Mitchum replied, "Because there's nobody else left."

The same might be said for James Garner, as people increasingly acknowledge his skill. Like Henry Fonda, Garner makes it look so easy and effortless that one tends to take his work for granted.

In "Decoration Day" his character is similar to his laid-back hero in "Murphy's Romance." Garner can play wide emotional ranges as the script may call for, yet smoothly blend nuances to achieve a finely tuned product.

Here the entire cast works in fine ensemble fashion, with Bill Cobbs being particularly strong as Gee.

Perhaps real-life Purple Heart-winner Garner felt a special connection to this touching story about the aftermath of war.

This was another worthy Hallmark production made especially for television.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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