Name of this movie
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Asked by: pastorjohnc-ga
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25 Dec 2005 18:24 PST
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Question ID: 609711
I thought the actor was Henry Winkler but I'm ovbiously wrong. The movie starts with a young boy "adopted" by older couple. The father is a furnature craftsman. He tosses the bratty kid a piece of wood and says, "Know what this is?" The kid says "It's a stick". The father says "No, it's a table leg, or a chair leg, or a flute, etc. It's whatever you want it to be." And he shows the kid how to whittle. (or something like that). The kid (later becomes who I thought was played by Winkler) grows up and goes to college and starts a furnature factory cranking out dirt cheap furnature much to the dissapointment to his father. His father dies broken hearted in a factory fire following an argument with his son. His son has a change of heart and the story ends like a wonderful Christmas story with the now grown son tossing a homeless kid a stick and asking the same question his dad asked him so many years ago. I loved it! But only saw it once maybe in the 80's. PLEASE, I must know before I go to my grave.
Re: Name of this movie
Answered By: juggler-ga on 26 Dec 2005 00:27 PST
Hello. I believe that you're thinking of "An American Christmas Carol" (1979) starring, yes, Henry Winkler. Winkler plays a Benedict Slade, a Scrooge-like character who as young man operates a furniture factory in New England, and subsequently rediscovers the Christmas spirit. "The movie translates Dickens' classic story from 19th century England to Depression-era New England. The result is very effective... The writers and director made excellent decisions in their choice of sets. Three notable examples were the New England furniture factory as the setting for Slade's youth..." http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0078764/ DVD at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00001O2G7/ ------ search strategy: "henry winkler" "furniture factory" I hope this is the movie that you had in mind. If not, please let me know via the "request clarification" feature. Thanks.
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Bingo! I ordered the DVD and fast forwarded to last chapter and yes, this is the movie I was looking for! I will sit down with the wife and enjoy it tonight. Thanks Juggler for your research! I should have discovered this on my own and kept considering this movie but it just did not look like it was right but your research showed otherwise.
Re: Name of this movie
From: juggler-ga on 28 Dec 2005 13:41 PST
Thank you very much for the generous tip. Happy New Year! -juggler
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