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Home for the Holidays (1972)

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

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Complete credited cast:
Jessica Walter ... Frederica Morgan
Sally Field ... Christine Morgan
Eleanor Parker ... Alex Morgan
Julie Harris ... Elizabeth Hall Morgan
Walter Brennan ... Benjamin Morgan
Jill Haworth ... Joanna Morgan
John Fink ... Dr. Ted Lindsay
Med Flory ... Sheriff Nolan
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Adult sisters Alex, Freddy, Jo and Chris Morgan have been estranged from their wealthy father Benjamin Morgan for nine years, whom they blame for their mother's suicide. Their animosity stems from Benjamin having had an affair with Elizabeth Hall - now Mrs. Morgan. Some of the girls could not tolerate not only what happened to their mother because of their father but that Elizabeth has taken her place. Freddy has turned to booze and pills to cope, while Jo has little to no thoughts of family in her partying ways. Chris, the youngest, is the innocent who can only take her sisters' word as to what was going on, being too young at the time to fully comprehend what was happening. Alex, as the oldest who they all turn to in times of need, and then the rest of the girls return to their isolated rural home on their now elderly father's request on Christmas Eve, he who has reinstated them in his will. Largely bedridden, he believes that Elizabeth is slowly trying to poison him to death and he... Written by Huggo

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There's nothing more chilling... Than a warm family gathering!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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Deadly Desires See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Aired as an installment of ABC's "Wide World of Mystery" on March 4, 1974. See more »

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The aftermath of the major thunder and lightning storm and high winds leaves no trace of downed branches, leaves, or even puddles around the country house. See more »

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Home for the Holidays
8 July 2013 | by Toronto85See all my reviews

Four sisters come 'Home for the Holidays' when it appears that their father is dying. Their father tells them that his new wife Elizabeth is slowly poisoning him to death, and that he summoned them all there to kill her before she kills him! They just think he's a silly old man, but eventually the sister's begin being stalked (and some of them even killed) by a person in a bright yellow raincoat. This new wife of his was also suspected years ago of killing her first husband, but was never charged. It's a Christmas murder mystery, and with seemingly unhinged Elizabeth as the main suspect... will anyone survive?

I enjoyed 'Home for the Holidays', it's even become a Christmas tradition here at my place to watch it. However, it's not the best "Made for TV" movie put out there that's for sure. It drags on just a little too much, so some people might lose interest with it early on. Some of it plays off like a soap opera, with all of the in fighting with the sisters. It can get a little tedious, but I enjoyed the family squabbles to be honest. The acting was very dramatic and over the top, perfect for 1972. Sally Field puts in a good performance as the good sister Christine, and Julie Harris does well as Elizabeth.

'Home for the Holidays' has an interesting twist to the end of the mystery, which most people could probably see coming a mile away. Nevertheless, it's a good one and adds up to the story we get from the four sister's and how messed up they all are (minus Christine). I'd check this one out if you find it, it's a good addition to the "Holiday Horror" sub-genre.

7/10


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