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I'll Be Home for Christmas (1988)

The Bundy family try to have a good family Christmas, despite World War 2.


Marvin J. Chomsky


Blanche Hanalis
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Hal Holbrook ... Joseph Bundy
Eva Marie Saint ... Martha Bundy
Nancy Travis ... Leah Bundy
Peter Gallagher ... Aaron Copler
Jason Oliver ... Terrel Bundy
David Moscow ... Davey Bundy
Courteney Cox ... Nora Bundy
Charles Tyner ... Isaiah Cawley
Whip Hubley ... Mike Bundy
Harvey Vernon ... Pastor Marcus
John Shepherd ... Greg
Kieran Mulroney ... George
Chuck Ramage ... (as Charles Ramage Nelson)
Tarrish Potter Tarrish Potter
Drew Pillsbury ... Colonel


The Bundy family try to have a good family Christmas, despite World War 2.

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Release Date:

12 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rockport Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Rockport, Massachusetts, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pittsfield, MA, where Leah Bundy works in a war plant, is 174.2 miles from Rockport, the Bundys' home town. As of 2017, it's a little more than three hours, thirty minutes' trip via I-90 E, or approximately four hours via "surface roads." By bus, in a snowstorm, at night, in 1944 it might stretch to five or more hours. See more »


After the bus accident, Aaron and the bus driver discover a broken tie-rod in the steering system, so the bus could not be driven, as is said. Later the bus is shown being flat-towed, with all four wheels on the ground. With a broken tie-rod, the vehicle would have to be towed with the front wheels off the ground, as the right wheel would not track. See more »


I'll Be Home for Christmas
© Gannon & Kent Music 1943, Reserved 1971
Words by Kim Gannon
Music by Walter Kent
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Some Capra, some Currier & Ives and some Waltons
9 December 2003 | by jkash1219See all my reviews

There is another film out by the same name which I caught by accident. What that film did was to expose the superiority of this one. This cast was comprised of veteran pros and lesser known but up and coming at the time (now most have achieved a measure of fame probably never expected by them!). As ensembles go it was really delightful. As messages go it was both touching and beautifully presented.

Very simple in the manner of less splashy Christmas tales. The storyline makes sense and relies on no fancy gimmicks or icky plot turns.

Heartwarming and simple and a lovely cast. It's a keeper.

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