Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)

Directed by Fielder Cook
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(DVD, Paramount)

Nostalgic account of life in a rural Virginia home during the Great Depression. It takes place entirely on Christmas Eve, with a large family anxiously awaiting the return of their father from a nearby town. They hear over the radio about a bus crash and injuries, worrying his wife who sends out their oldest son in search of him. He has various misadventures, including an encounter with a couple of elderly bootleggers. A bit too saccharine at times, especially with the younger children, but very authentic and well photographed in Wyoming with snowy outdoor scenes complimenting the indoor studio sets.

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