Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

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Home for the Holidays

It's been said that while most people love their families, they don't always like them very much, and that emotional dividing line is the heart of this comedy directed by Jodie Foster. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her home in Chicago to her parent's place in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, she is more apprehensive than usual. Claudia has just lost her job, she's not feeling at all well, and her teenage daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), who is staying behind, informs Claudia on the way to the airport that she plans to use the weekend to lose her virginity with her boyfriend. The family festivities are already under way when Claudia arrives at the home of her mother, Adele (Anne Bancroft), and father, Henry (Charles Durning). Claudia's brother, Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.), whose homosexuality is tolerated without being discussed on a practical basis, has brought along his new friend Leo Fish (Dylan McDermott). Tommy doesn't get along well with his fussbudget sister, Joanne (Cynthia Stevenson), who wears her self-sacrifice like a badge of honor, and he simply hates her husband, Walter (Steve Guttenberg), who has often been the target of Tommy's barbed sense of humor. While the siblings and in-laws struggle to remain civil, their quite eccentric aunt Gladys (Geraldine Chaplin) arrives; she insists on discussing her digestive problems, and after a few drinks, she confesses her long-ago lust for Henry. Home for the Holidays was Jodie Foster's second film as a director, and the first in which she didn't also star.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2017
UPC: 0826663180619
Original Release: 1995
Rating: PG-13
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 39,121

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Holly Hunter Claudia Larson
Robert Downey Tommy Larson
Anne Bancroft Adele Larson
Charles Durning Henry Larson
Geraldine Chaplin Aunt Glady
Cynthia Stevenson Joanne
Austin Pendleton Peter Arnold
David Strathairn Russell Terziak
Dylan McDermott Leo Fish
Steve Guttenberg Walter Wedman
Claire Danes Kitt
Emily Ann Lloyd Brittany Lace
Randy Stone Man In Car
Amy Yasbeck Actor

Technical Credits
Jodie Foster Director,Producer
Barbara Drake Set Decoration/Design
Mark Isham Score Composer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Stuart Kleinman Executive Producer
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer,Executive Producer
Andrew McAlpine Production Designer
Chris Newman Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Pilkinton Special Effects
Peggy Rajski Producer
W.D. Richter Screenwriter
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael St. Hilaire Camera Operator
Jim Tocci Art Director
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Home for the Holidays
1. Title Sequence
2. Flying
3. Mom And Dad
4. Company
5. Relatives
6. The Birds
7. Cleanup
8. Now What
9. The Point
10. Credits

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Home for the Holidays 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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A must see for Thanksgiving. A dysfunctional family comes together after not having seen each other since last Thanksgiving, bringing their problems and secrets with them. Hilarious fun and loads of laughs. It is a holiday ritual at my house!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is beyond funny. It is a holiday story for every dysfunctional family. It is a Thanksgiving morning ritual in our house to watch this movie while preparing the meal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to describe the joy this movie brings me each time I pop it in the DVD player. The characters are fleshed-out and realisticly portrayed, especially Robert Downey Jr as the misunderstood son, and Anne Bancroft as the driven yet loving mother. Dylan Mcdermott will melt your heart as the romantic lead. That voice, those eyes! Cary Grant has serious competition as a top tier Hollywood heartthrob in this fine actor. The GTO is pretty cool too. The cover version of Santana's Evil Ways that opens the show is fantastic, and I'm not very fond of his work. Go figure. For a wonderful look into the making of this movie I suggest listening to the Director's commentary on DVD. Jodi Foster gives some real insight into the choices and motives behind the making of this classic American film. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is not only for Thanksgiving, but for the whole year. Have kleenex handy, not for crying but to wipe tears from laughing. Great performances from the entire cast. Coming from a large family, I can relate to each character. Will never tire of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film has something for everyone, and is a joy to watch. We see our own wacky families in each of the characters, making us wonder why we gather together for holidays... but then at the end, Holly Hunter has a private moment with her father (Charles Durning) which brings it all together, and reminds us of what life is all about. A total joy of a movie!
Suesie More than 1 year ago
i LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie.... it's like my family, but mine is more wacked out... the family is great the comedy is great the diner scene is great.. really a fun movie about thanksgiving and the horrors of family..
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are part of a dysfunctional family, you will relate to and appreciate this fantastic movie! I could watch it 1000 times and laugh as hard as I did the first! Truely a classic that is the start of my Holiday Season every year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie every year for 8 years. My copy was burned with my daughter's house and I really have to have another copy for this Thanksgiving. This movie represents so many families in this country. The writer must have experienced this type of family life. This movie is on par with 'The Christmas Story', concerning the BB gun. Cannot go through either holiday without these movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Home for the Holidays is a joy to watch...multiple times!! It is hillarious, moving and simply splendid. A definate must see.
literaturemystery23 More than 1 year ago
Home for the Holidays is a very entertaning movie. It also hit home for me. While not all of the characters specifically reflect my relatives, the atmosphere of the home mirrors the home in which my family comes together on Thanksgiving. The movie holds true to what actual families experience on Thanksgiving Day:laughter, tears, swearing, anxiety, aggravation, love, and perhaps even happiness. The characters are believable, their problems are real (Foster doesn't paint the glossed over fake life here), and wonder why they come home where its the place they really don't want to be. The movie holds Robert Downey Jr's best performance since his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin. RDJ brings the character to life and the viewer feels the emotional connection with RDJ's character. The viewer will find himself or herself rooting for the lovable characters and hating the arrogant characters. A must see movie for any occassion, especially Thanksgiving.
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I simply love this movie because it moves me. I don't profess to be a very critical critic. I don't know good directing from bad. I don't always appreciate the critically acclaimed movies and I have liked some odd movies, so take this for what it's worth. (Whew, thank goodness that is out of the way!) I think Holly Hunter is excellent, and I really care that she is suffering. My heart goes out to her, and to Robert Downey's character. I want these people to be happy. I watch this movie with my husband EVERY year around Thanksgiving. It would not be the Holidays without it. I can also say that this is one of his favorites, too. We both still laugh when the characters laugh, and cry when the characters suffer, even though we watch it year after year. It moves me now, and I suspect it always will. Did I mention it alleviates the ''Family Gathering Dread'' guilt?