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A Christmas Memory (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 21 December 1997
A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried. ... See full summary »

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writers:

Truman Capote (story), Duane Poole (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Sook
Piper Laurie ... Jennie
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Seabone
Anita Gillette ... Callie
Julia McIlvaine ... Rachel
Esther Scott ... Anna Stabler
Eric Lloyd ... Buddy
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Haha Jones
Robert C. Treveiler ... Adult Buddy (as Robert Treveiler)
Dan Albright Dan Albright ... Grocer
Reynolds Allen Reynolds Allen ... Customer
Suzi Bass Suzi Bass ... Rachel's Mother
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Reverend Dickson
Lala Cochran Lala Cochran ... Lazy Wife
David Dwyer ... Farley Wood
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A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried. Buddy brings life to the house and develops a close friendship with one of the older, simpler ladies, Sook. Buddy and Sook undertake many adventures together, including the baking of 31 fruit-cakes which they give as Christmas presents, even mailing them to President and Mrs. Roosevelt and Jean Harlowe! Just before Christmas, one of the older cousins begins to wonder if it is best for Buddy to be living with them... Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Truman Capote's 'A Christmas Memory' See more »

Filming Locations:

Sharpsburg, Georgia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Eric Lloyd goes on to play Santa's son, opposite Tim Allen in The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, and Santa Clause 3: the Escape Clause. See more »

Connections

Remake of ABC Stage 67: A Christmas Memory (1966) See more »

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Not quite a train wreck version of Truman Capote's classic story
12 December 2007 | by DannybobSee all my reviews

My initial feelings about this newer version of Christmas Memory were similar to many of the other posters. It does the original story a disservice by padding the story with a lot of extraneous characters and dialog that is so-not Capote. If you take this version on its own without making any comparisons, it's really not bad. Patty Duke tries very hard, and succeeds, in making Sook a character all her own. The other performers are also quite good. If the producers of this version needed to expand on the story to fill out 90 minutes, they might have included details from Capote's other Buddy/Christmas story entitled "One Christmas" where Buddy is sent to New Orleans to spend Christmas with his birth father.

Still, if you have the simplicity and charm of Capote's original imprinted on your mind and heart, this version will not do. I join the chorus of folks who would like the 1966 version on a pristine and uncut color DVD with Geraldine Page's wonderful performance and Capote's own voice narrating the story. Then again, perhaps it is sentiment that makes me favor the 1966 version, the same as the 1947 "Miracle on 34th Street" over any of its lame remakes, 1946's "It's a Wonderful Life" over 1977's "It Happened One Christmas", any animated Christmas specials other than the ones produced in the 1960s, or Lesley Ann Warren's 1965 Cinderella over Brandy's hip-hop version.


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