The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love

Director: Don Chaffey Cast: Bethel Leslie, June Lockhart, Anne Ramsey


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For her dramatic acting debut, singer Marie Osmond chose this sentimental adaptation of the venerable Yuletide short story The Gift of the Magi, previously filmed in 1952 as a segment of the omnibus feature film O. Henry's Full House. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, The Gift of Love casts Osmond as young heiress Beth Atherton, who gives up her life of privilege and luxury to become the wife of poverty-stricken immigrant Rudi Miller (Timothy Bottoms). Though he finds work as a clerk, Rudi is unable to afford a decent Christmas gift for Beth, nor is she able to scrounge enough money from the household budget to purchase a gift for her husband. What happens next hinges on the fact that Rudi is inordinately proud of his gold watch, while Beth takes equal pride in her long, flowing hair. Produced by star Marie Osmond's brothers, The Gift of Love made its ABC network debut on December 8, 1978.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/1998
UPC: 0012233167436
Original Release: 1978
Rating: NR
Source: Monterey Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bethel Leslie Actor
June Lockhart Actor
Anne Ramsey Actor
David Wayne Actor
Donald Moffat Actor
Timothy Bottoms Rudy
Marie Osmond Beth,Singer
Lane Davies Actor
James Woods Alfred

Technical Credits
Don Chaffey Director
Osmond Brothers Executive Producer
Mitchell Brower Producer
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
Norman Gimbel Score Composer
John C. Horger Editor
Fred Karlin Score Composer
Michael Karr Editor
Caryl Ledner Screenwriter,Teleplay
Toby Martin Executive Producer
Sandra Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Wheeler Cinematographer

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The Gift of Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this movie, I was just a child, but it has stayed in memory for a long time. I am 21 now and am so happy that I have found it again. I have been looking for the movie for a very, very long time and thankfully, found it again, this time in DVD form, which is even better. If you have a couple of hours to yourself, pop this in the player and relax with a wholesome movie that will most likely stay in your memory for a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember this movie back when it debuted on TV! It's so wonderful to see the title being offered on DVD after all these years! The costumes were fantastic. This is Marie's motion picture acting debut and she does a great job with this classic story. I remember reding that Marie passed up the role of Sandy in 'Grease' to do this movie. She wanted her first movie role to be special. I don't know if I would have done that but in all, this role and movie debut is special! I'm ordering a bunch for Christmas presents!