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A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993)

In November 1963, the Walton siblings and their families return to Walton's Mountain for Thanksgiving, including John-Boy and his new fiancée Janet. Several days later, they receive tragic news that President Kennedy had been assassinated.

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Harry Harris

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Earl Hamner Jr. (characters) (as Earl Hamner), Claire Whitaker | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Thomas ... John-Boy Walton
Ralph Waite ... John Walton
Michael Learned ... Olivia Walton
Ellen Corby ... Grandma Walton
Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton
Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Eric Scott ... Ben Walton
David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton
Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton
Joe Conley ... Ike
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Corabeth Walton
Tony Becker ... Drew
Steven Culp ... Jeff Dulaney
Lisa Harrison Lisa Harrison ... Toni Walton
Kate McNeil ... Janet Gilchrist
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Storyline

Fourth Waltons reunion TV movie is now set in the 1960s which has John-Boy still living in New York, trying to persuade his fiancée to marry him. Meanwhile, Ben and Cindy's daughter, Virginia, has died and Cindy is finding life very lonely without her. She tells Ben that she would dearly love to adopt another baby, but Ben feels that it is not a good idea. Also Ben is arguing with his father about their lumber company for he wants to buy a new truck, but John keeps insisting that they can't afford it. Elsewhere, Erin now has three children and is separated from Paul. Her decision to start seeing another man causes some indignation among the other Walton family members. Ike and Corabeth become grandparents when Aimee has a little baby daughter, while Elizabeth returns from Europe and reunites with Drew, her old beau. Written by Matthew Patay

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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The film takes place in November 1963. See more »

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At the TV studio, Janet calls John-Boy a "workaholic." The term did not come into being until 1968. See more »

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Decent TV-movie reunion
17 September 2001 | by sjbradfordSee all my reviews

This is one of the better TV-movie reunions, and better than most of the 80s "Walton" reunions that were done the year following the original series' cancellation. Unlike the earlier sequels, virtually the entire cast is present here, with a very well-preserved Richard Thomas returning as John-Boy, and Michael Learned back as family matriarch Olivia, who has recovered from the tuberculosis that kept her sidelined during the series' later years. Even a very frail-looking Grandma is present, even though her portrayer, Ellen Corby, suffered a massive stroke in the middle of the series' run.

The storyline, which deals with the Walton family's reaction to JFK's assasination, tends to be a little maudlin, and it's set about eight years too far in the future to jibe with the series' timeline. And a few minor characters are either missing, like Mary Ellen's husband, Jonesy, or altogether unmentioned, like Mary Ellen's son John Curtis. But what makes this fun is the presence of the original cast, plus cameos from all sorts of recurring characters from the series (something most reunions never bother to do). Keep your eyes peeled for appearances by storekeepers Ike and Corabeth, their daughter Aimee, neighbor Verdie Foster, town idiot Yancy Tucker, Aunt Rose, Elizabeth's boyfriend Drew, and, best of all, unwitting moonshiners Emily and Mamie Baldwin.


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