Waltons-Homecoming Christmas Story

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Living with the Waltons

by blackcat@bayou.com on 7/3/2006

While liked this Walton's movie, I have to say it was weird seeing other people play "Olivia & John". I liked the story and most of the people in it, I did not like the kids language some times or their talking back to their parents. I mean in the "regular: Waltons tv show "Olivia & John" would have never let them use some of the words "language" that the kids used. Also, I don't think that "Olivia" would have said talked about some of the things that she did in the movie. About John telling off the preacher and such. Grandma would have been more involved also. I I loved the outdoor cinematography. I liked how the scenes that were shot put you right there in the depression. I mean the way they dressed, how their surroundings looked, I loved that the most. You could actually get a idea of what it might have been like to live back then or to even remember what it was like. They also had a lesson to learn in all of their shows. They had values, honesty, integerity and togetherness as a family. All in all I loved the movie and am glad to "own" it. The Waltons has always been and will continue to be my favorite "old" tv show.

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Olivia, john-boy and their virginia family spend christmas eve 1933. Pilot for "the waltons" TV series.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40227510
UPC 097368433045
UPC 14 00097368433045
Format DVD
Release Date 9/23/2003
Rating NR
Family (General)
Family Life
Made-For-Network TV
Tear Jerker
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Fielder Cook
Richard Thomas
Cleavon Little
Edgar Bergen
Patricia Neal
Cast & Crew
Richard Thomas - Star
Cleavon Little - Star
Dorothy Stickney - Star
William Windom - Star
Edgar Bergen - Star
Patricia Neal - Star
Andrew Duggan - Star
Ellen Corby - Star
Josephine Hutchinson - Star
Robert L. Jacks - Producer
Marjorie Fowler - Editor
Lee Rich - Executive Producer
Earl Rath - Director of Photography
Gene Fowler Jr. - Editor
Earl Hamner - Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith - Composer
Fielder Cook - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 843304
UPC 00097368433045
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Product Attributes
Actor Neal,Patricia
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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