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'''The Homecoming''' was a 1971 family drama movie, which serves as the pilot for ''The Waltons''. Although it was not expected to be a pilot for a series, it was popular enough for a series to be commissioned.
The Homecoming was the pilot movie for The Waltons. Although it was not expected to be a pilot for a series, it was popular enough for a series to be commissioned. The movie began with John Boy and his brothers and sisters, trooping through the snow. It is 1933, during the Depression, and being Christmas Eve, the Walton family are in the midst of their Christmas preparations and hoping to celebrate it together. The problem is that there are many events which seem to prevent John Walton (Daddy) from arriving home to share this Christmas with his family. The majority of the film then, has Olivia wishing and hoping that he will make it home, the children rushing to the door to see if the noises they hear are their Daddy, and John Boy heading out into the snowy night to try to find him. Eventually Daddy walks through the door, and the first Walton Christmas "miracle" has occurred.
 
   
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== Cast ==
This episode provides us with quite a bit of background to the Walton family. Livvy says that she planted the Christmas cactus she finds in the basement, the same year that she and John were married, 1916. We also learn from John Boy that he is 15 years old. They are struggling to make ends meet with the saw mill having closed, and John Walton has had to move away from home to find work. He is only coming home on the weekends. Livvy tells the children that she and John eloped because her family didn't approve of him but they were so in love that they wanted to marry. John wasn't religious says Olivia, but of course Grandma disputes this saying that he simply wasn't a churchgoer.
 
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*Andrew Duggan as [[John Walton]]
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*Patricia Neal as [[Olivia Walton]]
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*Richard Thomas as [[John-Boy Walton]]
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*Edgar Bergen as [[Zebulon Walton]]
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*Ellen Corby as [[Esther Walton]]
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*Cleavon Little as [[Hawthorne Dooley]]
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*Dorothy Stickney as [[Emily Baldwin]]
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*Josephine Hutchinson as [[Mamie Baldwin]]
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*William Windom as Charlie Snead
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*Woodrow Parfrey as [[Ike Godsey]]
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*Judy Norton as [[Mary-Ellen Walton]]
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*Mary McDonough as [[Erin Walton]]
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*Kami Cotler as [[Elizabeth Walton]]
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*Eric Scott as [[Ben Walton]]
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*David W. Harper as [[James Robert Walton|Jim-Bob Walton]]
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*Jon Walmsley as [[Jason Walton]]
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*David Huddleston as [[Sheriff Bridges]]
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*Sally Chamberlin as City Lady
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*David Livingston as Claudie Dooley
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*Betty Carter as Emmarine
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*Kent Williams as Shepherd #1
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*Roderick Bingley as Shepherd #2
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*Rodney Bingley as Shepherd #3
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*Miyoshi Williams as Angel
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*Clarence M. Landry as Santa Claus
   
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== Plot ==
We are also introduced to the little old ladies, the Baldwin sisters, the makers of bootleg whisky, a venture that doesn't go down at all well with Olivia. We learn that John Boy writes down all his secret thoughts, but tries to keep this from his parents, especially his father. He wants to go to University but feels that there is no way that his family would be able to manage this. The surprise for John Boy comes, though, when his father comes home with a special present for him: packs of writing paper.
 
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== Quotes ==
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*Elizabeth: Mary Ellen called us piss ants.
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*Olivia: Well you know better than that don't you, Elizabeth?
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*Elizabeth: I don't feel like a piss ant.
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*Olivia: There, you see?
   
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It is a lovely film, very simple and warm hearted, about a family who simply want to be together at Christmas time. The role of "Daddy" is certainly not a large one as he turns up in the last few minutes of the movie. There are some lovely moments between the children in the film too. The film won a Christopher award for Patricia Neal and several Emmy nominations for Patricia Neal, the director, Fielder Cook and for Earl Hamner Jr, the author.
 
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*Little Girl: Thy two breasts are like two young rows that are twins which feed among the lilies. Solomon Song Chapter 4:5.
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*Missionary: Er... Thank you.
   
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== Trivia ==
Cast List
 
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== Notes ==
Olivia Walton
 
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[[Category:Movies]]
John Boy Walton
 
 
Grandpa Walton
 
 
Grandma Walton
 
 
Hawthorne Dooley (Minister)
 
 
Emily Baldwin
 
 
Mamie Baldwin
 
 
Charlie Snead
 
 
John Walton
 
 
Ike Godsey
 
 
Mary Ellen Walton
 
 
Erin Walton
 
 
Elizabeth Walton
 
 
Jim Bob Walton
 
 
Ben Walton
 
 
Jason Walton
 
 
Sheriff Bridges
 
 
City Lady
 
 
Claudie Dooley
 
Patricia Neal
 
Richard Thomas
 
 
Edgar Bergen
 
 
Ellen Corby
 
 
Cleavon Little
 
 
Dorothy Stickney
 
 
Josephine Hutchinson
 
 
William Windom
 
 
Andrew Duggan
 
 
Woodrow Parfrey
 
 
Judy Norton
 
 
Mary Beth McDonough
 
 
Kami Cotler
 
 
David W. Harper
 
 
Eric Scott
 
 
Jon Walmsley
 
 
David Huddleston
 
 
Sally Chamberlin
 
 
Donald Livingston
 

Latest revision as of 16:16, 1 August 2015

The Homecoming.jpg

The Homecoming was a 1971 family drama movie, which serves as the pilot for The Waltons. Although it was not expected to be a pilot for a series, it was popular enough for a series to be commissioned.

Cast

Plot

Quotes

  • Elizabeth: Mary Ellen called us piss ants.
  • Olivia: Well you know better than that don't you, Elizabeth?
  • Elizabeth: I don't feel like a piss ant.
  • Olivia: There, you see?

  • Little Girl: Thy two breasts are like two young rows that are twins which feed among the lilies. Solomon Song Chapter 4:5.
  • Missionary: Er... Thank you.

Trivia

Notes

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