The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

Ellen Corby
Director: Fielder Cook Cast: Ellen Corby
Fielder Cook


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This made-for-TV drama, based on the book by Earl Hamner Jr., was the basis for the popular long-running television series The Waltons. In this opening installment, the Waltons, led by matriarch Olivia Walton (Patricia Neal), spend an anxious 1933 Christmas Eve together as they await the arrival of their father during a snowstorm. The film won the Golden Globe Award for "Best TV-Movie" that year, and Neal won the "Best Actress" award for her performance.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
UPC: 0097368433045
Original Release: 1971
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 4,364

Special Features

Full screen format; Dolby Digital English mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ellen Corby Grandma Walton
Josephine Hutchinson Mamie Baldwin
William Windom Charlie Snead
Cleavon Little Hawthorne Dooley
Andrew Duggan John Walton
David Huddleston Sheriff Ep Bridges
Woodrow Parfrey Ike Godsey
Sally Chamberlain City Lady
Jon Walmsley Jason Walton
Judy Norton-Taylor Mary Ellen
Mary McDonough Erin
Eric Scott Ben
David W. Harper Jim-Bob
Kami Cotler Elizabeth
Betty Carter Emmarine
Kent Williams Shepherd #1
Clarence M. Landry Santa Claus

Technical Credits
Fielder Cook Director
Gene Fowler Editor
Marjorie Fowler Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Earl Hamner Screenwriter
Robert L. Jacks Producer
Earl Rath Cinematographer
Lee Rich Executive Producer
Robert Emmet Smith Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Walton's Mountain [5:14]
2. Mama's Applesauce Cake [5:10]
3. Letters to Santa [4:16]
4. The Baldwin Ladies [7:03]
5. Turkeys for the Poor [2:44]
6. A Terrible Accident [4:45]
7. Tree Trimming [7:41]
8. Growing Pains [3:08]
9. Gift of Tears [7:45]
10. John-Boy's Secret Thoughts [9:30]
11. A Messed-Up Situation [4:05]
12. Searching for John Walton [8:54]
13. Two Christmas Travelers [9:50]
14. The First Miracle [8:12]
15. Homecoming [9:50]

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The Homecoming: A Christmas Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This by far was one of my favorite Christmas Classics!!!! This is when TV was considered good TV!!!! They don't make them any better than this. This was watched by my whole family every year it was on. I'm happy to own it and carry on the tradition with my children, and hopefully they'll be able to carry on with theirs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie, just like It's a Wonderful Life, deserves to be shown every Christmas. Though not a Walton's TV show fan, I love this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's the best picture i've seen in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I often wondered why the company that owned the rights to this left it unreleased for sooooo long, while people have been buying and selling used VHS copies on the internet for 50 bucks apiece. Now we know who you are (shame on you). Better buy your copy quick before it's out of print again! This was the 1971 made for TV movie that spawned the Walton's TV series. Patricia Neal, however played the mother and I believe won an Emmy for the role (the father and grandpa were also replaced for the series, but the kids are the same). It is set in rural Virginia during the depression and is a story about a large, tight-knit family preparing for Christmas. Thier father is working 60 miles away and is supposed to return Christmas Eve. When the the news of a bus crash is heard on the radio, the mother sends her oldest son to search for him. As Christmas movies go, (like the folks in rural VA still say) it don't get no better than this. See why people paid 50 bucks to see this again (gee, I'm glad I waited, but will never figure out why I had to wait so long).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the holiday greats. But, I'll admit, when I was younger, when my mom would say, 'Hey, we're going to watch the Homecoming' I would scream and run from the room (not the case any more!) but when I was in 9th grade (I'm a big ol' Sophomore now!) and I've gotten hooked on the Waltons, I watch it every afternoon when I get home from school (darn Hallmark, they took it off at 5 and put Little House on...I curse them!)This movie is still, and always will be a favorite in my parents house, and in my house when I get older.