With scenes shot in Northeast Ohio, "The Gathering" is one of those movies that people ask about every year around holiday time. Up to now, I usually have had to refer them to old VHS copies or, back when I acknowledged bootlegs, unauthorized DVDs. A couple of years ago Warner Bros. offered it through its Archive series of made-to-order discs. But Warner Home Video is finally releasing it officially to stores -- with no extras, but a bargain price of $14.96.
And here's the official word: On October 25, Warner Home Video will lead off the holiday season with the DVD release of the Emmy®-winning 1977 television film, The Gathering. This emotional and heartfelt holiday drama won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special – Drama or Comedy (1978) as well as receiving an additional four nominations (Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Directing in a Special Program, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing in a Special Program Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay).
The Gathering stars Edward Asner, most well known for his award-winning roles in TV’s “Lou Grant” and the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” as well as the recent “Up,” and Academy Award® winner Maureen Stapleton (Best Actress, Reds). Randal Kleiser (Grease) directed the film which featured Rebecca Balding, Veronica Hamel, Gregory Harrison, Lawrence Pressman, John Randolph and Gail Strickland.
The Gathering, bound to be a perennial holiday favorite, communicates the importance of family and the power of forgiveness and family love without taking life for granted. For years, hard-driving businessman Adam Thornton neglected his family. Now, with a diagnosis of only weeks to live, Adam arranges a Christmas reunion, but not even the season of miracles can heal long-time emotional wounds. Edward Asner is Adam and Maureen Stapleton plays his estranged wife Kate.