The Gathering (1977 film)
|Written by||James Poe|
|Directed by||Randal Kleiser|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Joseph Barbera|
|Producer(s)||Harry R. Sherman|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||December 4, 1977|
The Gathering is a 1977 American made-for-television drama film. A rare live-action drama film produced by the animation studio of Hanna-Barbera Productions, it was directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Edward Asner and Maureen Stapleton.
Adam Thornton (Edward Asner), an ill-tempered executive who walked out on his family, learns that he only has a little time left to live. He decides that he wants to make peace with them and have one last reunion. He confides this information to his estranged wife, Kate (Maureen Stapleton). But when his doctor says that it won't be good for him to travel, she suggests that he call his four adult children and invite them all for Christmas.
He agrees only with the provision that they not be told of his illness and imminent death. The only problem is that most of them are not exactly fond of him because he walked out on Kate and of his stubborn nature. Of them, he is most nervous about seeing Bud (Gregory Harrison), whom he hasn't spoken to since having an argument with him regarding the Vietnam War and his move to Canada several years before.
- Edward Asner as Adam
- Maureen Stapleton as Kate
- Rebecca Balding as Julie
- Sarah Cunningham as Clara
- Bruce Davison as George
- Veronica Hamel as Helen
- Gregory Harrison as Bud Jr.
- James Karen as Bob Block
- Lawrence Pressman as Tom
- John Randolph as Dr. Hodges
- Gail Strickland as Peggy
- Edward Winter as Roger
- Stephanie Zimbalist as Toni
The film was followed by the 1979 sequel The Gathering, Part II, which picked up two years after Adam's death (Asner did not appear in it), and largely concerned Kate's relationship with a new man (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.).
- Nomination for and won Emmy for Outstanding Special – Drama or Comedy
- Nomination for Emmy – Outstanding Art Direction for a Dramatic Special Jan Scott (art director) Anne D. McCulley (set Director)
- Nomination for Emmy – Outstanding Directing in a Special Program Drama or Comedy
- Nomination for Emmy – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special Maureen Stapleton
- Outstanding Writing in a Special Program – Drama or Comedy James Poe (writer)