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A FAIR TV MOVIE
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2020
i GAVE THIS 5 stars because of the WONDERFUL service from the seller Half Price BOOKS. The movie was called "One Christmas", and it was not scheduled to arrive until after Christmas ! But I guess the seller seeing that it was a Christmas movie rushed it to me now before Christmas. Now that it very considerate and good business and I shall recommend Half Price BOOKS To my friends.
Now as for the TV movie itself, I wouldn't even give it 3 stars. And CHRISTMAS is not the theme of the storyline. It's just events that happened to a 'torn' family in the 30's. Katharine Hepburn is billed as the star although she is only on screen about 15 or 20 minutes. And there are two other great actors who have about 5 minutes and they are the great Julie Harris and Pat Hingle. For fans of these big stars this is a great disappointment. Why do they do this ? Henry Winkler has a good dramatic role as a 'ne'er-do -well' father who has a young son coming to spend Christmas with him. He hasen't seen the boy since he was a baby. His wife has been in an institution and that's probably what's broken up the marriage. The boy had been staying with a cousin as I understand the story. The relationship doesn't go to well as the boy realizes that his father is a scoundral, a con-artist, a lier, and a user of women with money. Swoosie Kurtz plays the most most dramatic rolr as on of the father's victim's, but she loves him anyway, but finally learns her lesson. The movie was fair. some may like it better than I did. But don't buy this TV movie if you think it's a 'Katharine Hepburn' movie or a Christmas movie for that matter, because it's not. In spite of the title, ONE CHRISTMAS.