Decoration Day (film)

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Decoration Day
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Distributed by NBC
Created by John William Corrington (novel)
Directed by Robert Markowitz
Produced by Dick Gallegly
Marian Rees
Written by Robert W. Lenski
Starring James Garner
Judith Ivey
Ruby Dee
Bill Cobbs
Laurence Fishburne
Jo Anderson
Norm Skaggs
Wallace Wilkinson
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography Neil Roach
Editing by Harvey Rosenstock
Production company Hallmark Hall of Fame
Marian Rees Associates
Vantage Entertainment Group
Country United States
Language English
Release date December 2, 1990
Running time 100 minutes
"Decoration Day"
Hallmark Hall of Fame episode
Episode no. Season 40
Episode 1
Production code 287
Original air date December 2, 1990
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Decoration Day is a 1990 film based on a novel by John William Corrington of the same title. The award-winning made-for-TV movie was directed by Robert Markowitz and filmed on location in Georgia.

Plot[edit]

James Garner plays a retired judge and recluse who comes out of "hiding" to investigate when his childhood friend (Bill Cobbs) refuses to accept a Medal of Honor awarded decades ago in World War II. His reason is kept in confidence and Garner's character files a motion to deny the ceremony. Meanwhile, the personal lives of the other characters have issues of their own to work out. In the end of things Cobbs' character is told of something he didn't know about and the two romantic side stories resolve in a positive fashion.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly movie reviewer Ken Tucker, gave the film an A-. In his review, he says the movie "starts out like the [...] a video greeting card designed to warm your heart. But very quickly it becomes something better than that." He goes on to say "To be sure, there's a lot that's sentimental about this story," and calls the film "entertaining."[1]

The DVD Verdict website also praised the film, saying "Decoration Day offers a solid evening of family entertainment, handling serious subject matter with care and presenting a wonderful cast we'd like to wrap in a great big group hug by the end of the film's 99 minutes." They also declared "...if you haven't brushed aside a tear or three by the closing credits, you probably can't see your reflection in a mirror, either." They summed up, "Gather the relations, grab a box of Kleenex, and enjoy."[2]

Awards[edit]

Awards
  • 1991 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Special – Ruby Dee
  • 1991 Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
  • 1991 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV – James Garner
Nominations
  • 1991 Emmy Award for Directing in a Miniseries or a Special – Robert Markowitz
  • 1991 Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special – James Garner
  • 1991 Emmy Award for Writing in a Miniseries or a Special – Robert W. Lenski

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV Review: Decoration Day". Entertainment Weekly. November 30, 1990. 
  2. ^ " "Case Number 02740: Decoration Day". DVD Verdict. 

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