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I'll Be Home for Christmas (1988)

The Bundy family try to have a good family Christmas, despite World War 2.

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky

Writer:

Blanche Hanalis
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hal Holbrook ... Joseph Bundy
Eva Marie Saint ... Martha Bundy
Nancy Travis ... Leah Bundy
Peter Gallagher ... Aaron Copler
Jason Oliver Lipsett ... Terrel Bundy (as Jason Oliver)
David Moscow ... Davey Bundy
Courteney Cox ... Nora Bundy
Charles Tyner ... Isaiah Cawley
Whip Hubley ... Mike Bundy
Harvey Vernon ... Pastor Marcus
John Shepherd ... Greg
Kieran Mulroney ... George
Chuck Ramage ... (as Charles Ramage Nelson)
Tarrish Potter
Drew Pillsbury ... Colonel
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Storyline

The Bundy family try to have a good family Christmas, despite World War 2.

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rockport Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Rockport, Massachusetts, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Pittsfield, MA, where Leah Bundy works in a war plant, is 174.2 miles from Rockport, the Bundys' home town. As of 2017, it's a little more than three hours, thirty minutes' trip via I-90 E, or approximately four hours via "surface roads." By bus, in a snowstorm, at night, in 1944 it might stretch to five or more hours. See more »

Goofs

After the bus accident, Aaron and the bus driver discover a broken tie-rod in the steering system, so the bus could not be driven, as is said. Later the bus is shown being flat-towed, with all four wheels on the ground. With a broken tie-rod, the vehicle would have to be towed with the front wheels off the ground, as the right wheel would not track. See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Home for Christmas
© Gannon & Kent Music 1943, Reserved 1971
Words by Kim Gannon
Music by Walter Kent
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A simple Christmas reunion is good.
19 February 2002 | by dennis-35See all my reviews

A white Christmas approaches. WWII rages on in Europe. A smiling mother cashes in all of her ration-stamps to purchase the best Christmas dinner she can. Happiness is where you find it.

This is a small town. Everyone knows everyone. Tough times bring them even closer.

The one person no one wants to see at his door is the local Western Union man, because most of the news he delivers are telegrams from the War Department: We regret to inform you that your son was killed in the war. Unfortunately, he makes his rounds too often.

One family is safe from telegrams. A very pregnant wife awaits the Christmas Day arrival of her long-away love, at last his hitch with the army is over. Her sister-in-law gets off from her welding job on Christmas Eve, and heads home by bus to reunite with her brother, picking up a soldier with no family of his own, on the way home, and inviting him to have a home-cooked Christmas dinner.

This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. Simple things are the best. Watch this one, and have a Christmas dinner on me. Bon appetit.


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