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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 »

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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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Storyline

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Another gem from Hallmark Hall of Fame
17 June 2001 | by georgegolembiewskiSee all my reviews

This is a movie you remember. It is a poignant tale of race, honor, patriotism, and love. The film's very title evokes memories of an earlier time in America, a time when there was less shouting and more respect for others. The former Judge excellently portrayed by James Garner has a great deal of love for his old boyhood friend from days gone by. The work that the Garner character goes through to redeem this old relationship is very reaffirming. Bill Cobb does a great job as the embittered former friend of Garner. This is truly a great film with a little romance thrown in. A must see for a more mature audience.


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