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The Long Way Home (1998)

A depressed widower meets a 21-year-old free spirit and the unlikely pair hitchhike cross country. Learning to respect their differences, they become friends and encourage each other to embrace new beginnings and face their fears.


Glenn Jordan


Louise Vincent (tv movie "Thomas Guerin, Retraite"), Patrick Jamain (tv movie "Thomas Guerin, Retraite") | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Thomas Gerrin
Sarah Paulson ... Leanne Bossert
Kristin Griffith ... Bonnie Gerrin
Garwin Sanford ... Ken Gerrin
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Mrs. Bossert
Peter Dvorsky ... Craig Bossert
Tom Butler ... Pete Gerrin
James Purcell James Purcell
Betty Garrett ... Veronica
Eric Keenleyside ... Sheriff Billings
Peter Bryant ... Trooper
Ewan 'Sudsy' Clark ... Harvey (as Sudsy Clark)
William deVry ... Adam (as William Devry)
Dolores Drake ... Female Desk Clerk
Lesley Ewen ... Trucker (as Leslie Ewen)


After the death of his wife, depressed Tom Gerrin meets Leane Bossert, a 21-year-old free spirit, and the unlikely pair hitchhike across the country. In learning to respect each other's differences, they become the best of mismatched friends and give each other the courage to embrace new beginnings and face the sad finales that greet them at their journey's end. Written by Dgranger

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It's not over till it's over
4 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The scenes between Jack Lemmon and Sarah Paulson make The Long Way Home something special. This Hallmark Channel TV film explores the problems of old age when you feel you have no purpose any more.

Lemmon is playing someone in his own age bracket, a 70 something widower who went to war in World War II, married a hometown sweetheart and raised a family. Now he lives with one of his sons Garwin Sanford and Kristin Griffith and they fuss over him like he's an invalid.

He's hardly that, in fact he was a cabinetmaker an honorable craft which he was employed at for almost half a century. Lemmon looks like a man who took pride in his work.

One day when the circus comes to town he plays hooky. He meets Sarah Paulson a girl who is traveling west to rejoin her parents in California. The two of them just hit it off, he's the grandfather she never had. Lemmon and Paulson decide to journey together, Lemmon to meet up with an old girlfriend Betty Garrett, a widow who lives near Paulson's parents.

Lemmon and Garrett have a wonderful reunion scene. Lemmon's in Kansas and she's in California. Geography is against them in the romance department, but it's not insurmountable.

Lemmon also learns quite a life lesson from meeting Paulson's parents, especially her father. As that immortal 20th century philosopher Yogi Berra put it, it ain't over till it's over.

The Long Way Home is a wonderful duel character study and inspiring, especially to an old codger like me.

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1 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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