The Greatest Gift (film)

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The Greatest Gift
The Greatest Gift Lance Kerwin Glenn Ford 1974.jpg
Glenn Ford and Lance Kerwin
as Reverend and Ramey Holvak
Genre Drama
Based on Ramey (1953 novel)
by Jack Farris
Written by Ben Goodman
Directed by Boris Sagal
Starring Glenn Ford
Julie Harris
Lance Kerwin
Theme music composer Richard DeBenedictis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Dean Hargrove
Cinematography Stevan Larner
Editor(s) Howard Epstein
Douglas Stewart
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Television
Original network NBC
Original release November 4, 1974 (1974-11-04)
Followed by The Family Holvak

The Greatest Gift is an NBC television movie which premiered on November 4, 1974. Directed by Boris Sagal and starring Glenn Ford, Julie Harris, and Lance Kerwin, the film served as the pilot for the 1975 television series The Family Holvak.


Humble Depression-era preacher Reverend Holvak (Glenn Ford) lives with his wife Elizabeth (Julie Harris) and son Ramey (Lance Kerwin) and struggles against the injustice of violence and a corrupt sheriff in an attempt to maintain the moral values of their faith in their small town.


Actor Role
Glenn Ford Rev. Holvak
Julie Harris Elizabeth Holvak
Lance Kerwin Ramey Holvak
Cari Anne Warder-Kueltzo Julie Mae Holvak
Harris Yulin Hog Yancy
Charles Tyner Amos Goodloe
Furman Walters Willis Graham
Dabbs Greer Deacon Hurd


  • Movies made for television, 1964–2004, by Alvin H. Maril

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