A Christmas Memory (1997)

A Christmas Memory (1997)
7.4
  • 651
  • Not Rated
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release year: 1997 ()
  • Running time: 96 min
  • Original Title: A Christmas Memory
  • Voted: 651

A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried. Buddy brings life to the house and develops a close friendship with one of the older, simpler ladies, Sook. Buddy and Sook undertake many adventures together, including the baking of 31 fruit-cakes which they give as Christmas presents, even mailing them to President and Mrs. Roosevelt and Jean Harlowe! Just before Christmas, one of the older cousins begins to wonder if it is best for Buddy to be living with them...

#PersonCharacters
1Patty DukeSook
2Piper LaurieJennie
3Jeffrey DeMunnSeabone
4Anita GilletteCallie
  • Well Made Patty Duke Shines by 8

    I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 400 Christmas MOVIES.

    BEWARE OF BOGUS REVIEWS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW. WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE PRODUCTION. NOW I HAVE NO AGENDA! I AM HONEST! I REVIEW Christmas MOVIES AS A WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF WHAT I HAVE SEEN!

    This film is a bout a boy named "Buddy" When Buddy's parents split and his New York thespian mother makes her career a priority, exuberant young boy Buddy (Eric Lloyd) is sent to the Depression-era South to live with distant and aging cousins. Though cousin Jennie (Piper Laurie) is strict and joy is hard to come by in the small town, Buddy finds an unlikely friend in his mentally challenged elder cousin, Sook (Patty Duke). Buddy and Sook embark on many delightful exploits, but forces beyond their control threaten to separate them.

    This is a well made adaption of source material. The film holds your attention. The heart of this story is about "Unconditional Love". The two leads in this film have that for each other. It is love that all us deserve to find. I highly recommend this. It is family safe but small children will be bored. I think this is one of those films that the older you are the more you will enjoy this.

    I will watch this again.

  • Ah, to live in such an innocent age! by 7

    A Patty Duke performance that shines, as always. Looking at the other reviews, it would appear that people either loved or hated this nostalgic Christmas tale. Not having seen the earlier version, I was not swayed by comparisons. This one stands up just fine all on its own. It tugs at the heart strings even before the ending, as Miss Duke's character Sook and her young relative Buddy naively make holiday fruitcakes for the President and his wife. Ah, to live in such an innocent age!

  • Not quite a train wreck version of Truman Capote's classic story by 6

    My initial feelings about this newer version of Christmas Memory were similar to many of the other posters. It does the original story a disservice by padding the story with a lot of extraneous characters and dialog that is so-not Capote. If you take this version on its own without making any comparisons, it's really not bad. Patty Duke tries very hard, and succeeds, in making Sook a character all her own. The other performers are also quite good. If the producers of this version needed to expand on the story to fill out 90 minutes, they might have included details from Capote's other Buddy/Christmas story entitled "One Christmas" where Buddy is sent to New Orleans to spend Christmas with his birth father.

    Still, if you have the simplicity and charm of Capote's original imprinted on your mind and heart, this version will not do. I join the chorus of folks who would like the 1966 version on a pristine and uncut color DVD with Geraldine Page's wonderful performance and Capote's own voice narrating the story. Then again, perhaps it is sentiment that makes me favor the 1966 version, the same as the 1947 "Miracle on 34th Street" over any of its lame remakes, 1946's "It's a Wonderful Life" over 1977's "It Happened One Christmas", any animated Christmas specials other than the ones produced in the 1960s, or Lesley Ann Warren's 1965 Cinderella over Brandy's hip-hop version.

  • I could identify with Buddy by 10

    A "Christmas Memory" is a film that you may have never herd of but please don't stop you from viewing it.

    This is the early life of Truman Capote. In this film he is a young boy who is helping his Aunt with her annual Christmas Fruitcake baking, His aunt is not the world's smartest person but she is full of what this world needs and that is giving "Unconditional Love". Buddy her also "Best Friends" who really do need each other. He loves her as much as she loves him.

    Buddy & Sook live in a house with Sook's older siblings. The family patriarch however runs the house with an iron fist. She also doesn't seem to love having Buddy around. Buddy's has been living with them for over a year. His parents divorced & his dad lives in New Orleans. His mother is in "New YorK" trying to be an actress.

    To tel you more would be a crime but this was a movie I could relate too.

    Don't miss this! It is a great & emotional experience!

  • A Christmas Memory (Old version) by 10

    Geraldine Paige is Sook. I haven't seen Patti Duke's version but why should I when Paige's performance was so perfect. I remember how real the characters were to me at the time I first saw it in the 60's. Would anyone know where I could buy Paige's version of A Christmas Memory? I have searched for a copy of this TV movie for many years. Also scanned the TV programming to see if it would be broadcast again year after year. I would like to ask the networks why hasn't this been shown each year? You may be very surprised to have a huge audience. Sometimes "old" is better. If a movie is not broke, don't fix it. I love "Its a wonderful life" with Jimmy Stewart which is shown 100 times each Christmas season but I think if this movie was added to the programming, it would be refreshing. If I ruled the TV networks, it would be on annually for this generation to feel the true spirit of Christmas.

#PersonCrew
1Neil Roachcinematographer
2Lee Holdridgecomposer
3Glenn Jordandirector
4David A. Simmonseditor
5Truman Capotewriter
6Duane Poolewriter