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Homecoming, The: A Christmas Story
Patricia Neal and Ellen Corby




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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.

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Overview

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.

Main Cast & Crew

Fielder Cook - Director
Patricia Neal
Richard Thomas
Edgar Bergen
Ellen Corby
Cleavon Little
Dorothy Stickney
William Windom
Andrew Duggan
Woodrow Parfrey
Judy Norton

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Full Screen)
  • Run Time: 100
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 097368433045
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (brief mild language)
  • Release Date: September 2003

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Movies > Television
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Holiday
Tear Jerker
Christmas
Heartwarming
Made-For-Network TV
Family (General)
Family Life
Holidays
Families

 

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Synopsis:
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.

Notes:
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.

 

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