The Gathering

The Gathering

Director: Randal Kleiser Cast: Ed Asner, Maureen Stapleton, Rebecca Balding

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The Gathering stars Ed Asner as an ill-tempered executive who long ago walked out on his family. Just before Christmas, Asner is told that he has only a few weeks to live. He confides this information to his estranged wife Maureen Stapleton, who suggests that he call his four adult children (Gail Strickland, Gregory Harrison, Rebecca Balding, Lawrence Pressman) together for one last reunion. He agrees on the proviso that they not be told of his imminent death. Of the four offspring, Asner is most trepidatious about seeing Harrison, who was virtually disowned when he moved to Canada during the Vietnam War. But The Gathering is a Christmas movie, and does its best to stay heartwarming. Made for TV and first shown December 4, 1977, The Gathering was the pilot for a potential series--(presumably one without Ed Asner, unless his character suddenly experienced a miracle cure).

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2009
UPC: 0883316224960
Original Release: 1977
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 3:14:00
Sales rank: 26,558

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Asner Adam Thornton
Maureen Stapleton Kate Thornton
Rebecca Balding Julie Pelham
Sarah Cunningham Clara
Bruce Davison George
Gregory Harrison Bud Thornton
Gail Strickland Peggy Thornton
Veronica Hamel Helen Thornton
James Karen Bob Block
Lawrence Pressman Tom
John Randolph Dr. John Hodges
Edward Winter Roger
Stephanie Zimbalist Toni Thornton
John Hubbard Reverend Powell
John Barry Conductor

Technical Credits
Randal Kleiser Director
Joseph Barbera Executive Producer
John Barry Score Composer
Dennis Dalzell Cinematographer
James Poe Screenwriter
Jan Scott Production Designer
Harry Sherman Producer

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