Grandpa for Christmas

TV Movie
Drama, Holiday • 2007
An estranged family discovers that to understand the past, they first have to face it. For a dear old man on Christmas, the reward is being called Grandpa for the first time in his life.


TV Movie


Drama, Holiday

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  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Juliette Goglia
  • Katherine Helmond
  • Richard Libertini
  • Tracy Nelson
  • Jamie Farr
Eighty-year-old Bert Riley (Oscar and Golden Globe winner Ernest Borgnine, The Wild Bunch) is a former movie tough guy living comfortably and surrounded by good friends—all vets from Hollywood’s Golden Age. With a scrapbook full of memories, life has been pretty good to him. But he never expected any more surprises out of it. That’s before he receives word on Thanksgiving that Marie, the estranged daughter he hasn’t seen in decades, is in the hospital following a car accident. What’s more, Becca (Juliette Goglia, Joan of Arcadia), the ten-year-old granddaughter he’s never even met, is moving in with him—a temporary arrangement courtesy of social services.