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One Christmas (1994)

Katharine Hepburn , Henry Winkler , Tony Bill  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler, Swoosie Kurtz, T.J. Lowther, Tonea Stewart
  • Directors: Tony Bill
  • Writers: Duane Poole, Truman Capote
  • Producers: Duane Poole, John Davis, John Philip Dayton, Merrill H. Karpf
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y574
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "One Christmas" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Hailed as a "rewarding gift" and "an unexpected pleasure," One Christmas is a timeless holiday treasure based on Truman Capote's bittersweet tale of a young boy's adventures with the father he's never known. It's a classic family story featuring acclaimed performances from an award-winning cast including the legendary Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler, Swoosie Kurtz and Julie Harris. It's Christmas 1930, and 8-year-old Buddy (T.J. Lowther) finds himself in New Orleans spending the holidays with his estranged father (Winkler). Leaving behind his Aunt Sook (Harris) and the peaceful Alabama country life, Buddy now endures a conniving, hard-living, deceitful, con man of a dad who seems to care more about fast buck scams than earning his son's affection. With Buddy looking for a relationship with his dad, and his dad looking for something real in a life of lies, the greatest thing they realize is that they have each other. It's a gift that comes just in time for one unforgettable Christmas. Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler, Swoosie Kurtz, Julie Harris.

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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Reality Christmas" December 17, 2003
"One Christmas" was a film I happened upon some years ago. I did not know that it had been a story or a play, etc. I viewed it because I was familiar with the talents of the late Kathrine Hepburn and the talented Henry Winkler.
The story is not typical Christmas fare, but it is more real than many of the idylic Christmas movies. It is a tribute to the truth that many people struggle 365 days a year--their imperfections not taking a holiday.
Anyone who enjoys the talents of Winkler/Hepburn will enjoy this film; it is not stellar, not is not neccesarily their best performance, but it is a nice piece of "reality Christmas", if you will.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Father-Son Drama set against Christmas backdrop November 24, 2009
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This is a drama about a father-son relationship set against the backdrop of Christmas in New Orleans during the 1920's. It's not your typical 'feel-good' Christmas movie - and that's why there are so many negative reviews here I believe. It's a drama which shows real people dealing with real problems of growing up (son), making one's OWN way in the world without using others (father), and growing old (father's romantic interest). While not Hepburn's best role, as an elderly matron mother - it is good, and I find Winkler and Kurtz fine as the 'wheeling-dealing' father, and 'over-the-hill' yet kind-hearted wealthy woman. I find it a satisfying slice of life film to watch each year.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet... August 1, 2008
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I think this movie was heart wrenching just because I think the child wanted so badly to be with his mom and dad but unfortunately it just couldn't be that way. I can't give the end of the film away but I'll tell you it is very bitter sweet. A nice clean family movie, worth buying, worth watching.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teacher December 21, 2000
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This is a well done version of the Truman Capote story by the same name. As always, the actual story is better, but Henry Winkler comes aross well as a gigolo trying to be dad for Christmas. You can view it with your kids, or use in in school to follow the reading of the story.
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55 of 69 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Way overrated!! November 7, 2002
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We love Christmas movies but this was probably our biggest disappointment thus far. Expectations were high with the quality of the stars (Hepburn, Winkler) and the writer, but the quality scenes were just too few and far between. I suspect that people who liked the movie loved the book where the characters were presumably better developed and more likeable. Not having read the book, I found that I just didn't like the people on the screen and by the time they finally get into the spirit of Christmas, I just didn't care! Take a pass on this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as hoped for March 15, 2011
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One Christmas
Katherine Hepburn marvellous, as always, although sad to see such a wonderful actress with her obviously progressed Parkinson's Disease. Despite her golden years and P.D., she remains consistent in touching the viewer's heart and making her character's statements/feelings as clear as always. She, for me, is the highlight of the movie. The young actor who plays the boy in this movie is also entertaining, however, felt that Henry Winkler was disappointing in his role. Still, an OK sort of movie, but would not buy it again - except perhaps for Katherine Hepburn's scenes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different Christmas May 14, 2010
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A cute story about a boy and his first encounter with a gambling father. It touches your heart. The actors do a very good job.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Average DVD add-ons, magical cast March 1, 2002
From a truly wonderful bittersweet story by Truman Capote (as has been said) comes an adequate adaptation with an all-star cast. Katharine Hepburm seems to be the central character and even if her acting may seem full of mannerisms to some, by now that is neither here nor there. Julie Harris and Henry Winkler rise above many past ill-choices, and the whole cast superbly gives life to what may come through as a Christmas cliché but is just that extra bit more that has us glued to the screen.
On my part, kudos to Katharine, Swoozie and Julie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars One Christmas
I was hoping this VHS was in closed caption as there is never any information indicating that. Given away as a gift.
Published 22 days ago by Pat Pollino
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas movie
I enjoyed this movie greatly. Katherine Hephurn is one of my favorite actresses. I recommend this movie for the holidays.
Published 1 month ago by Happy
1.0 out of 5 stars Deplorable
Another movie that no one should waste money on. The story is morbid and boring. Katherine Hepburn in her doddering old age can't even redeem it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas Alesso
5.0 out of 5 stars one christmas
who but Katharine can make a story so wonderful and let me you sing from your soul. enjoy with love
Published 3 months ago by Housekeeper
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Disappointing is the best word for this film. Billed as starring Kate Hepburn, her role is only a supporting one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ActorBrent
1.0 out of 5 stars One Christmas was a total disappointment
This is far from a Christmas story and Henry Winkler's character was selfish and cruel. Do not recommend to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Hibbard
5.0 out of 5 stars One Christmas DVD
Haven't seen the movie yet, but love Katharine Hepburn and Henry Winkler, so I know I'll love the movie. Great purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Tracy A. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery and a great movie
Super fast delivery and the movie is great! Its family movie time. You will enjoy this. Your kids will love it too.
Published 4 months ago by roark
5.0 out of 5 stars Take my hand
Fantastic Story and kept me going through the holiday season. No longer having cable TV it was hard to find the movies I wanted to watch. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LaBonita Bowmar
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I really didn't like this movie at all. I bought it mainly because Katharine Hepburn was in it. I never finished watching it.
Published 5 months ago by dmw179
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