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The Sweetest Gift (1998)

Two neighboring families in Florida, one black (headed by Diahann Carroll) and one white (headed by Helen Shaver), struggle with the problems of race, poverty, prejudice, and absent fathers... See full summary »

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2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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... Mrs. Martin
... Mrs. Wilson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Librarian
Bernard Browne ... Mechanic
... Ruby Wilson (as Tisha Campbell)
Marium Carvell ... Cashier
Tony Craig ... Bubba
... Chip Martin
... Kate Martin
Susan Fletcher ... Clair Bainbridge
... Pump Attendant
Brent Meyer ... Luther
Steve Pernie ... George
Dylan Provencher ... Justin Martin
Rosemary Radcliffe ... Mrs. Tutweiler
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Two neighboring families in Florida, one black (headed by Diahann Carroll) and one white (headed by Helen Shaver), struggle with the problems of race, poverty, prejudice, and absent fathers, as their children become friends over the course of one summer and fall. Written by <troester@zedat.fu-berlin.de>

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12 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Goat Christmas  »

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As refreshing as good sweet tea in a jelly jar!
17 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

I liked this film for the same reasons I loved: "Sunshine State", "Ulee's Gold", "The Man in the Moon", and "Cookies's Fortune". It's a step back through my looking glass. It's the Christmas ornaments blowing in the warm breeze, the houses situated so it takes an adventure to meet your neighbor, the Spanish moss. I can almost feel the white, burning sand between my toes.

Not the best writing or dialog and the acting was a little stiff.

Kristin Fairlie gives a pretty good Canadian portrayal of a little southern throw-away. I'm gonna watch "The Virgin Suicides" again.

Wasn't that the great face of our little "Webster", Emmanuel Lewis? (He isn't credited on IMDb.)

Dianne Carroll is the star of the show! What a perfect presence. Her farmhouse seemed to become a central character.

This is an entertaining, rainy, Saturday afternoon movie to watch with a child of any age.


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