Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, An

Theatrical Release: November 28, 2008
DVD Release: October 6, 2009
Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, An


Based on a short story by the acclaimed author of “Little Women”, comes a holiday story of family and forgiveness. Recently widowed Mary Bassett (Helene Joy) and her 3 children have hit difficult times on their farm. Things are so bad this year that they cannot even afford a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner. Suddenly, Mary’s wealthy and estranged mother Isabella (Jacqueline Bisset) has come to visit. Although she finds a kindred spirit in Mary’s eldest daughter and budding writer Tilly (Tatiana Maslany), Mary resents her mother’s attempts to help them out of their financial difficulties. In the end, more than money will be needed to heal the emotional wounds that exist between mother and daughter in this moving Hallmark Channel original period drama.

Dove Review

This is a story set in the 1800s about a difference between generations. A young girl’s letter to a grandmother she has never met, brings the woman to see her daughter and her family after years of separation. It is a story of disagreement, forgiveness and discovery. This is an original movie from Hallmark with the emotional storyline that shows a family in trouble reuniting with missing family members who can help. It’s a sort of “happily ever after” story.

Dove awards the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this DVD, “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving”.

Content Description

Sex: A young couple kisses.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: Drinking of wine.
Nudity: None
Other: Disrespect shown between mother and daughter; scene with children who are sick.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Shelley Evans (written by) Louisa May Alcott (short story)
Director: Graeme Campbell
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe