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Trilogy (1969)

When Miriam communicate to along that way found a Miller, Who has saving her family lives in England, Who's been missing to thirty years.


Frank Perry


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Credited cast:
Geraldine Page ... Woman (segment "A Christmas Memory")
Donnie Melvin Donnie Melvin ... Buddy (segment "A Christmas Memory")
Lavinia Cassels Lavinia Cassels ... Aunts (segment "A Christmas Memory")
Christine Marler Christine Marler ... Aunts (segment "A Christmas Memory")
Josip Elic Josip Elic ... HaHa (segment "A Christmas Memory")
Lynn Forman Lynn Forman ... Woman in Car (segment "A Christmas Memory")
Win Forman Win Forman ... Storekeeper (segment "A Christmas Memory")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverly Ballard Beverly Ballard ... Nina (segment "Miriam")
Martin Balsam ... Ivor Belli (segment "Among the Paths to Eden")
Truman Capote ... Narrated by (segment "A Christmas Memory") (voice) (as Mr. Capote)
Jane Connell Jane Connell ... Mrs. Connolly (segment "Miriam")
Susan Dunfee ... Miriam (segment "Miriam")
Phyllis Eldridge Phyllis Eldridge ... Woman in Automat (segment "Miriam")
Niki Flacks Niki Flacks ... Clerk in Shop
Carol Gustafson Carol Gustafson ... Miss Lake (segment "Miriam")


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Release Date:

6 November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Truman Capote's Trilogy See more »

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Francis Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Production on the segment "A Christmas Memory" was nearly cancelled when Geraldine Page's commitment to appear in a Broadway play threatened to coincide with the shooting schedule. The play was a flop and ran for only ten performances, closing only three days before shooting commenced in Snowdoun, Alabama. See more »


Although set during the Depression, a Dr Pepper sign is painted across the front of a general store. The product was spelled Dr. Pepper (with a period) until the 1950's redesign. See more »


Miriam: Ungrateful little monsters...they've forgotten all about you. You've hardly slept through a night because of them, cleaned up their messes, nursed them through fevers, wiped up their vomit, put up with their tantrums, you've given your life for them...they don't even know you're alive!
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Alternate Versions

Originally airing on ABC-Television as three separate 52-minute specials, "A Christmas Memory" remained unedited for this release, but "Miriam" and "Among The Paths To Eden" were each trimmed to approximately 25 minutes for a total theatrical running time of 110 minutes. See more »


Edited from ABC Stage 67: A Christmas Memory (1966) See more »


For My Sake
Music by Meyer Kupferman
Lyrics by Eleanor Perry
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A can't miss.... So why so few songs of praise?
25 September 2015 | by steveprice148See all my reviews

I can hardly begin to sing the praises of EVERYONE involved in this production!!! From Director Frank Perry, Writer Lynn Perry(Franks wife), All of the actors involved, Geraldine Page being the star and rest unknowns, are truly magnificent!!! Page, as usual, shows why she was believed to be the greatest actress of the last half of the twentieth century. In my opinion, she was the greatest actress in terms of consistently turning in remarkable performances throughout her entire career. A REVELATION SHE WAS!!!

That being said, this beautiful, quiet, honest, allegory about a boy learning about devotion, pure love, and joy in the simpler things.(This is set during the depression). Based largely on his own life, Truman Capote fashions a remembrance of love for this grandmotherly type woman who teaches him life's unconventional plan. Joy, acceptance, and never losing your dream is told in such a subtle, realistic way. Oh my, I can't forget the third member in this story, Queenie. Queenie is Miss Sooks pet dog and whoever trained her did a masterful job. Even she will steal your heart! What Mr. Capote was conveying was the coming of age of a boy who learned and idolized his friends (Miss Sook and Queenie) and ultimately life's lesson in loss, meaning nothing stays the same, even though we are comfortable with our circumstances. the end is breathtakingly true.

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