Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory

Director: Glenn Jordan, Eric Lloyd, Patty Duke, Piper Laurie

Cast: Glenn Jordan, Eric Lloyd, Patty Duke, Piper Laurie

     
 
Made for television, A Christmas Memory is adapted from the wistful short story by Truman Capote, previously filmed in 1967 as a one-hour episode of ABC Stage 67. Capote himself narrated the original version, in which he recalled his lonely childhood and the strong bond between himself and his simple-minded older cousin Sook, a role brilliantly essayed

Overview

Made for television, A Christmas Memory is adapted from the wistful short story by Truman Capote, previously filmed in 1967 as a one-hour episode of ABC Stage 67. Capote himself narrated the original version, in which he recalled his lonely childhood and the strong bond between himself and his simple-minded older cousin Sook, a role brilliantly essayed in 1967 by Geraldine Page. The remake stars Patty Duke as Sook, with whom young Buddy (Eric Lloyd) (the Capote character) lives during one memorable Depression Christmas while his divorced (and detached) mother and father are otherwise occupied. Looked after by her unmarried sisters Jennie (Piper Laurie) and Callie (Anita Gillette), the warm, unfailingly cheerful Sook busies herself with preparing Christmas fruitcakes for everyone she can think of--including President Roosevelt and Jean Harlow!--and, with the innocence of the eternal child, she allows the impressionable Buddy into her own private world. When the time comes for Sook and Buddy to be separated, he prefers to remain with her. . .a decision, alas, that is not his to make. Bereft of Capote's eloquent narration, and including several subplot intrigues not to be found in the original short story, A Christmas Memory is a game effort, but in the end falls short of the 1967 classic. The remake aired December 21, 1997 on CBS.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2007
UPC:
0796019805995
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
NR
Source:
Rhi Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Lloyd Buddy
Patty Duke Sook
Piper Laurie Cousin Jennie
Jeffrey DeMunn Cousin Seabon
Anita Gillette Cousin Callie
Julia McIlvaine Rachel
Esther Scott Anna Stabler
Jimmie F. Skaggs Haha Jones
Robert C. Treveiler Adult Buddy
Dan Albright Grocer
Reynolds Allen Customer
Suzi Bass Rachel's Mother
Dan Biggers Rev. Dickson
Lala Cochran Lazy Wife
David Dwyer Farley Wood
Edith Ivey Customer
Frank Roberts Mr. Macafee
Alex Van Bus Driver

Technical Credits
Glenn Jordan Director,Producer
John Philip Dayton Executive Producer
Robert Halmi Executive Producer
Fred Harpman Production Designer
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Duane Poole Screenwriter
Neil Roach Cinematographer
David Simmons Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Christmas Memory
1. Fruitcake Weather [18:13]
2. Mr. Haha [19:48]
3. The Christmas Tree [11:37]
4. Farley's Ghost [8:28]
5. Rachel's Present [7:42]
6. Christmas Morning [13:47]
7. Bus to North Carolina [11:25]
8. Credits [:52]

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