An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

TV Movie
Drama, Holiday • 2008
In 1860’s America, three generations of women come to terms with their relationships, with the differences that separate them, and with the power of forgiveness that could provide a long-awaited reconciliation.


TV Movie


Drama, Holiday

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  • Helene Joy
  • Jacqueline Bisset
  • Paula Boudreau
  • Ted Atherton
  • Kristopher Turner
  • Tatiana Maslany
  • Michael Barbuto
Ever since the death of her poor but decent husband, the earnest and hard-working Mary Bassett (Helene Joy, M.V.P.) has struggled to provide for her daughters, Tilly and Prudence, and her son, Solomon, at a modest New Hampshire farm. With Thanksgiving approaching, Mary’s debt to her landlord Mrs. Hopkins (Paula Boudreau, A Raisin in the Sun) for back rent doesn’t bode well for the kind of holiday feast her children deserve. Then Tilly, an intellectual with dreams of becoming a writer, concocts a plan. She pens a letter, pleading for assistance from a brittle and wealthy society woman named Isabella Caldwell (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Jacqueline Bisset, Nip/Tuck), her own estranged grandmother who severed all family ties after accusing her daughter of marrying a man beneath her.