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A Christmas to Remember (1978)

A city-bred grandson moves to his grandparents' farm during the Great Depression and grows up enough under their tough care to help his grandfather deliver a surprise gift on Christmas Eve ... See full summary »


George Englund


Stewart Stern, Glendon Swarthout (novel)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Jason Robards ... Daniel Larson
Eva Marie Saint ... Emma Larson
George Parry George Parry ... Rusty McCloud
Joanne Woodward ... Mildred McCloud
Bryan Englund Bryan Englund ... Danny Larson
Mary-Beth Manning ... Louise Hockmeyer
Nora Martin Nora Martin ... Lollie Hockmeyer
Sally Chamberlin Sally Chamberlin ... Lil Hockmeyer
Arvid Carlson Arvid Carlson ... Ralph Youngquist
Mildred Carlson Mildred Carlson ... Beulah Youngquist
Allen Hamilton ... Oskar Hockmeyer
Guy Paul ... Tall Fellow
Alexander A. Mayer Alexander A. Mayer ... Russell McCloud (grown) (as Alex Mayer)
Pamela Danser Pamela Danser ... Lollie Hockmeyer (grown)
Lowell Anderson Lowell Anderson ... Preacher


A city-bred grandson moves to his grandparents' farm during the Great Depression and grows up enough under their tough care to help his grandfather deliver a surprise gift on Christmas Eve to their community church with the help of a phantom stranger. Written by Miles Hood Swarthout

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christmas | based on novel | See All (2) »


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Release Date:

20 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un natale da ricordare See more »

Filming Locations:

Rush City, Minnesota, USA

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1.33 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint and Joanne Woodward. See more »

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an experience to remember...
25 December 2011 | by philipposathinaSee all my reviews

Yes, this is what this film has been to me... an experience to remember. It was a sad period for my family, we had lost my cousin, very young, few months before then, and my aunt, her mother, was seriously ill, she actually died few months later (she was only 54)... So, there we all were, Christmas time, a silent mourning instead of Christmas carols and cheerful family unifications... And it was that very Christmas back in 1981 that Greek television showed this film which has haunted my dreams ever since... I don't really know what impression it would really make to me today, but I can not forget the feelings it woke up to me that day... The beyond any description tender and emotional story of the forever "lost" son, who "returns" to help his nephew cope with the treatment he gets from his grandfather and make his desperate father's dream come true,especially the scene of the son's phantom entering the church where everybody is waiting in great anxiety about what might had happened to the delayed in the snowstorm ones, and finally sings Christmas carols, reunited –at last- with his devastated father, just made me cry for long bitter hours right after. Actually, it still makes me cry, every time i recall it,though 30 years have passed since then. I know, one could say that it really didn't make any sense, and yes, the script was really balancing between realism and a fairytale... Still, i have never ever watched a film scratching so persistently my deeper feelings of sorrow and desperation,for i knew and know how hard it is to deal with loss, and it's only in films that hope is never lost...

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