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The Gathering (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1977
Dying father pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.

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Weeks before Christmas, bitter executive Adam Thornton learns that he only has a short time to live. Having abandoned his wife and four children years earlier, Adam confides in his former wife, who encourages him to bring the family together one last time and apologize for his actions. Without telling his children about his terminal illness, Adam worries how they will respond to his sudden request for forgiveness. Written by Jwelch5742

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Emmy Award Winner - Best Dramatic Special [Video Australia]

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4 December 1977 (USA)  »

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L'albero di Natale è sempre verde  »

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Although they were portraying father and son Ed Asner was only 10 years older than Lawrence Pressman. See more »

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[first lines]
Adam Thornton: God's teeth!
Dr. John Hodges: You never were much of a cusser.
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Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) See more »

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A great holiday movie...sorely missed!
15 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Gathering used to be an annual holiday tradition on TV, but I haven't seen it in 20 years. It's a poignant story of forgiveness and shows that for many families, Christmas is not a Norman Rockwell painting. Ed Asner's "Adam" is dying of cancer and wants to make amends with his ex-wife and estranged adult children. Of course, there's the tearful happy ending, but the characters go through a lot of emotional strife to get there.

The Gathering is doubly special for me, since it was shot in Chagrin Falls and Solon, Ohio, my old stomping grounds. When I first moved to Texas and had to spend holidays away from home, seeing this movie with its familiar scenery made me feel less alone.

With all the crappy, sappy Christmas movies out there, it's a shame this holiday gem isn't shown regularly anymore and isn't available on DVD. Judging from all the other comments, I'm not alone.


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