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A Walton Easter (1997)

In 1969, John-Boy is a TV news anchorperson in New York and he is in the throes of writing a new book. He and a very pregnant Janet are making plans to return to Walton's Mountain for the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John-Boy Walton
... John Walton
... Olivia Walton
... Jason Walton
... Mary Ellen Walton
... Erin Walton Northridge (as Mary McDonough)
... Ben Walton
... Jim-Bob Walton (as David Harper)
... Elizabeth Walton
... Aurora Jameson
... Janet Gilchrist Walton
... Grandma Walton
... Drew
Peter Crombie ... Calvin Weeks
Zack Eginton ... Jimmy Weeks
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In 1969, John-Boy is a TV news anchorperson in New York and he is in the throes of writing a new book. He and a very pregnant Janet are making plans to return to Walton's Mountain for the celebration of John and Olivia's 40th wedding anniversary. Accompanying them to see the place John-Boy lived as a child is Aurora, a Time magazine photographer, who is doing a story on John-Boy. Meanwhile, Elizabeth arrives back from her travels and announces to Drew, who is still working at the mill with Ben, that she is back to stay. She is very upset to find that Drew did not wait for her, and that he has a new girlfriend. Also, problems arise for John-Boy and Janet because the longer John-Boy stays on the mountain, the more he becomes convinced that he would like to settle down there, raise his family, and continue with his writing whereas Janet wants to stay in New York. Written by Matt Patay

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It can be inferred from the pilot episode, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, that John Walton, Sr., died shortly after the events of this movie, the last installment in The Waltons legacy. It was stated in the pilot that John died in 1969, the same year in which Earl Hamner's own father died. See more »

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John Boy comments on TV about the first moon landing during Easter of 1969. However, the moon landing happened a few months later, in July. See more »

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Jeannie: Oh Drew just loves to spoil me! He's always surprising me with something special.
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Follows A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993) See more »

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A nicely done reunion.
5 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

My opinion is that Kate McNeil works well as John-Boy's wife because she is different from the other actresses the character was interested in on the show. She comes across as a sweet and kind person who has a career and who truly tries to stand up to her meddling aunt in the previous reunion film. She also has blonde hair, as does the real Mrs. Jane "Earl" Hamner in real life. I thought the film wrapped up the story nicely if this is indeed, as it looks, the last Walton reunion film with the original cast. What happens to John-Boy in the end brings him "full circle" in my opinion as a character. We see him reach this place in his life after seeing him years ago for the first time as the struggling young writer.


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