The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

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  • PG
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 8.3  (2,113)

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story from 1971 is a heartwarming family drama film that portrays a story revolving around a family's struggle during the time of the Great Depression. The movie is directed by Fielder Cook and is based on a novel by Earl Hamner Jr. The film features a talented ensemble cast, including Patricia Neal, Richard Thomas, Edgar Bergen, Ellen Corby, and Cleavon Little. The story takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and is a precursor to the popular television series, The Waltons.

The story is centered around the Spencer family, who are struggling to make ends meet during the Great Depression. The patriarch of the family, Clay Spencer (Andrew Duggan), is trying to find work but is unable to get a job due to the tough economic times. The family is also desperately hoping that Clay will make it home for Christmas.

When Clay doesn't arrive in time, the family is heartbroken. However, their hopes are not completely dashed as they receive news that he may still be on his way. Meanwhile, his wife, Olivia (Patricia Neal), is left to take care of the family and face the hardships along with her children.

To add to the family's struggles, their oldest son, John-Boy (Richard Thomas), is trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life after completing high school. He dreams of becoming a writer and is working hard towards it.

The film also features Edgar Bergen, who plays Grandpa, as well as his famous ventriloquist character, Charlie McCarthy. He adds a touch of humor to the film and entertains the family with his witticisms.

As Christmas Eve approaches, the family is reminded of the true meaning of the holiday and they come together to prepare for their missing father's homecoming. The film concludes with a touching scene of the family gathered around the dinner table.

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story from 1971 is a timeless classic that celebrates the spirit of Christmas and the importance of family. It portrays the struggles of a family during tough times, but also highlights the resilience and strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

The film features excellent performances by the cast, with Patricia Neal delivering a standout performance as the resilient and determined Olivia. Richard Thomas is also excellent as John-Boy, and the scenes between him and his mother are particularly moving.

The film's setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains lends a sense of authenticity to the story, and the snowy landscapes and cozy interiors create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Overall, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story from 1971 is a must-watch film for anyone looking for a heartwarming holiday movie that celebrates the importance of family and the true meaning of Christmas.

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    1 hr 40 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (2,113)