This made-for-television holiday movie about a Depression-era family in rural America launched the popular and long-running TV series The Waltons. It's Christmas Eve on Walton's Mountain, and the close-knit clan prepares to celebrate the holiday together--only to have their love and courage sorely tested as they wait for their father to return home during treacherous weather. With Patricia Neal as the venerable matriarch, Richard Thomas in his famous role as John-Boy, and a strong supporting cast that includes Andrew Duggan, Cleavon Little, Ellen Corby, and Edgar Bergen, THE HOMECOMING celebrates trademark Walton values such as family, love, courage, and hope.
Robert L. Jacks
Edgar Bergen - Ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy)/Comedian
Patricia Neal - Oscar winning American actress, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
Fielder Cook - American Director
Richard Thomas - Actor, THE WALTONS
Cleavon Little - American Comic Actor
Jerry Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald K. Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald Goldsmith - Film composer
Michael Hennagin - Film composer
Dorothy Stickney - Stage/Film Actress
William Windom - American TV/Film Actor
Marjorie Fowler - American Editor
Lee Rich - American Producer
Gene Fowler Jr. - American Author
Gene Fowler - American Author
Andrew Duggan - American Actor
Ellen Corby - Esther Walton (Grandma) of TV's "The Waltons"
Josephine Hutchinson - American Actress
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 100
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 097368433045
- Genre: Family
- Rating: PG (MPAA) (brief mild language)
- Release Date: September 2003
This television adaptation of Earl Hamner Jr.'s autobiographical novel formed the basis for the series "The Waltons." Set during the Great Depression, "The Homecoming" centers on a family living in the Virginia mountains. This year, everyone worries they will have a lean Christmas, because there's so little money to celebrate. This anxiety is heightened, however, when the family learns that the bus on which the father commutes to work each day has crashed. The eldest son, feeling the first sensations of adulthood and responsibility, decides to leave home to reach the scene of the accident. As they wait for news of their father's fate, the family members stick together and, in the process, discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Additional cast: Sally Chamberlain. Originally broadcast on CBS-TV. "The Homecoming" was spun off into the hit TV series "The Waltons." Copyright 1971 Columbia Broadcasting System.