One Christmas (TV Movie 1994) - Plot Summary Poster

(1994 TV Movie)


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  • A young man is sent to visit his estranged father for Christmas in 1930 in New Orleans. Based on an autobiograhical short story by Truman Capote.


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  • Hailed as a "rewarding gift" and "and unexpected pleasure, " One Christmas is a timeless holiday treasure based on Truman Capote's bittersweet tale of a young boy's adventures with the father he's never known. It's a classic family story featuring acclaimed performances from an award-winning cast, including the legendary Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler, Swoosie Kurtz and Julie Harris.

    It's Christmas 1930, and eight-year-old Buddy (T.J. Lowther) finds himself in New Orleans spending the holidays with his estranged father (Winkler). Leaving behind his Aunt Sook (Harris) and the peaceful Alabama country life. Buddy now endures a conniving, deceitful con man of a dad who seems to care more about fast buck scams than earning his son's affection.

    Buddy dreams of finding Santa, a snow-covered New Orleans and a new relationship with his father. His dad is looking for something real in a life of lies. Finally, father and son realize the greatest thing they have is each other. It's a gift that comes just in time for one unforgettable Christmas.

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