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Daisies in December (1995)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 3 December 1995
A grumpy senior citizen dumped at a retirement home by his vacationing family finds love with a new acquaintance who hides a secret.


Mark Haber


John Kane, Jenny Paschall (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joss Ackland ... Gerald Carmody
Jean Simmons ... Katherine Palmer
Pippa Guard ... Miss Glaistow
Judith Barker Judith Barker ... Miss Bunch
Barbara Lott Barbara Lott ... Mrs. Carmichael
Muriel Pavlow ... Miss Dean
Wolfe Morris ... Mr. Prager
Ian Crowe Ian Crowe ... Derek
Eric Carte ... Arthur Carmody
Sally Knyvette ... Joyce Carmody
Thomas Copeland Thomas Copeland ... Matthew Carmody
Stuart Piper Stuart Piper ... Steven Carmody
John Harding John Harding ... John
Derek Crewe ... Morris
Sally Watts Sally Watts ... Nurse


When Gerald Carmody is left at a seaside old-folks' hotel while his family goes skiing, he feels very grumpy and abandoned and is determined to have a rotten time. But things turn around when he meets the charming Katherine Palmer. But she's hiding something from Gerald, and their December romance may have to end sooner than either one wishes. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Nome do Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

St Ives, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Arthur Carmody: Ah, now that is handy; a little sewing kit, and something to polish your shoes with. Look!
Gerald Carmody: Oh, wonderful. I can't wait to sit in the bath, sewing my socks, shining my shoes and wearing my shower cap.
Arthur Carmody: Dad, we really want you to enjoy this. We couldn't leave you alone, not after what happened.
Gerald Carmody: It was an isolated incident.
Arthur Carmody: Yes, well, there's no point in going over old ground.
Gerald Carmody: Absolutely. Well, I'll see you in two weeks then. Don't be surprised if I'm still sitting here.
Arthur Carmody: Then you'd be a damned fool...
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Gripping Drama and Delight
22 March 2006 | by gcwellsSee all my reviews

I had chanced upon viewing this film on a channel surfing excursion one weekend morning. I passed by the usual junk, info-mercials, and tired network programs and movies, then, it happened. I instantly became transfixed to the screen watching every minute until the end of this magnificent TV movie the British have produced.

If you want to have the best of character identification and development, in which a film so immerses you you can't turn your attention to anything else, then try this film my friend. The story is gripping to say the least and at its best it is simply the best formation of a loving relationship since Cary Grant on the big screen. And these people in the cast are old! Who would have thought young, pretentious romantics could learn anything from grandparents about love and commitment? After all, aren't they mostly over the hill? No. Far from it. Despite physical limitations and ailments of old age, these two stars of the film, Jean Simmons and Joss Ackland prove to any doubting Thomas's that love is ageless. Tragedy too.

My favorite line is when Catherine (Jean Simmons) tells her aspiring lover, "Life is essentially ridiculous. Once you understand that you can start to enjoy yourself." So true, and more so for the crusty codger, Gerald (Joss Ackland) who takes life a little too seriously and shies away from gleeful moments that he considers undignified or embarrassing for a man of his age or position...until she enters into his heart.

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