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The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)

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TV Movie | 120 min | Drama

The Walton family is preparing for Christmas in the early 1930s. It's Christmas eve and they are waiting for father Walton to come home from his job in the city some 50 miles away. Since he is late, everyone is worried and over the radio ...See moreThe Walton family is preparing for Christmas in the early 1930s. It's Christmas eve and they are waiting for father Walton to come home from his job in the city some 50 miles away. Since he is late, everyone is worried and over the radio the mother and grandparents hear about an overturned bus and hurt travelers but keep this news from the rest of the family. The story is really a coming of age story about the oldest son JohnBoy who must cut down the tree with his grandfather since his father isn't home and is eventually told about his missing father and sets out to find him. An all round heartwarming story, especially if you are a fan of The Waltons. A simple story about a simple family in simple times. Great family entertainment! Written by Norm See less
Writer
Earl Hamner Jr. (teleplay) (novel entitled "The Homecoming")
Producer
Robert L. Jacks (as Robert Jacks)
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Robert Emmet Smith (as Robert E. Smith)
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Release date
Dec 19, 1971 (United States)

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27 cast members
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Patricia Neal
Olivia Walton Olivia Walton   See fewer
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Richard Thomas
John-Boy Walton John-Boy Walton   See fewer
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Edgar Bergen
Ebenezer Walton Ebenezer Walton   See fewer
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Ellen Corby
Esther Walton Esther Walton   See fewer
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Dorothy Stickney
Emily Baldwin Emily Baldwin   See fewer
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Josephine Hutchinson
Mamie Baldwin Mamie Baldwin   See fewer
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William Windom
Charlie Snead Charlie Snead   See fewer
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Cleavon Little
Hawthorne Dooley Hawthorne Dooley   See fewer
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Andrew Duggan
John Walton John Walton   See fewer
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David Huddleston
Sheriff Ep Bridges Sheriff Ep Bridges   See fewer
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Woodrow Parfrey
Ike Godsey Ike Godsey   See fewer
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Sally Chamberlin
City Lady City Lady   See fewer
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Judy Norton
Mary Ellen Mary Ellen   See fewer
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Mary Beth McDonough
Erin (as Mary McDonough) Erin (as Mary McDonough)   See fewer
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David W. Harper
Jim-Bob (as David Harper) Jim-Bob (as David Harper)   See fewer
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Kami Cotler
Elizabeth Elizabeth   See fewer
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David Livingston
Claudie Claudie   See fewer
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Betty Carter
Emmarine Emmarine   See fewer
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Kent Williams
Shepherd #1 Shepherd #1   See fewer
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Roderick Bingley
Shepherd #2 Shepherd #2   See fewer
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Rodney Bingley
Shepherd #3 Shepherd #3   See fewer
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Clarence Landry
Santa Claus Santa Claus   See fewer
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Roy Lewis Garton
Poor child at store (uncredited) Poor child at store (uncredited)   See fewer
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The Narrator (voice) (uncredited) The Narrator (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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8.1 / 10 | 539 votes