The Gathering

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The Gathering
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Theatrical-like poster.
Production company: Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor: Worldvision Enterprises
Release date: December 3, 1977
Run time: 1:32:09
Starring: Edward Asner
Maureen Stapleton
Rebecca Balding
Sarah Cunningham
Bruce Davison
Veronica Hamel
Gregory Harrison
James Karen
Lawrence Pressman
John Randolph
Gail Strickland
Edward Winter
Stephanie Zimbalist
Executive producer(s): Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): Harry R. Sherman
Terry Morse, Jr.
Music composed by: John Barry
Screenplay by: James Poe
Director(s): Randal Kleiser
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The Gathering is an American live-action Christmas drama TV film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. It aired on December 3, 1977 on ABC. It was written by James Poe, produced by Harry R. Sherman, and directed by Randal Kleiser.

A dying executive works to reunite and make amends with his estranged family for one last Christmas.

Rather unexpectedly, a sequel called The Gathering Part II followed in 1979.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Adam Thornton Edward Asner
Doctor John Hodges John Randolph
Clara Sarah Cunningham
Bob Block James Karen
Old Man Chambers
Kate Thornton Maureen Stapleton
Mary Mary Bradley Marable
Helen Thornton Veronica Hamel
Tom Thornton Lawrence Pressman
Peggy Thornton Gail Strickland
Roger Edward Winter
Joey Ronald Readinger
Tiffany Maureen Readinger
Julie Rebecca Balding
George Bruce Davison
Jim Unavailable
Hugh Unavailable
Jeff Unavailablr
Toni Thornton Stephanie Zimbalist
Adam Thornton III Unavailable
Bud Thornton Gregory Harrison
Adolf Hitler
Patty Hodges Unavailable
John F. Kennedy
Spencer Tracy
Rupyard Kipling
Robert Burns
Yogi Bear (doll) N/A
Mrs. Block Unavailable
Reverend John Powell John Hubbard





  • Adam's car



The movie was based in part on executive producer Joseph Barbera's childhood.


Filming took place in Chagrin Falls and Hudson in Ohio.


The music was composed and conducted by John Barry. The music editor was Kenneth Hall.


  • "Jingle Bells"
  • "When the Snow Went Round About"
  • "Let Heaven and Nature Sing"


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: December 3, 1977 on ABC

Behind the scenes

  • The terminal illness that Adam has is never discussed in full.
  • Adam mentions Ebeneezer Scrooge, who appeared in Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol.


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In other languages

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