The Gift was a Christmas 1979 TV-movie offering based on the semi-autobiographical book written in 1973 by Pete Hammill. Gary Frank plays the Hammill counterpart, a Brooklyn-born sailor about to be shipped off to the Korean War. Frank decides to use his 3-day pass to discover if his girl friend really loves him, if he can communicate at last with his troublesome parents, and if he can get his own life together before being sent into battle. Julie Harris plays Frank’s mother, while Glenn Ford portrays Frank’s pugnacious, one-legged Irish dad.
Director: Don Taylor.
Writers: Pete Hamill (novel), Robert Malloy (teleplay).
Stars: Gary Frank, Julie Harris, Allison Argo, Glenn Ford, Maggie Cooper, Kevin Bacon, M. Emmet Walsh, Tom Clancy, Harry Gold, Phillip Pine, Mitchell Group, Jane Hoffman, Lewis Charles, K.C. Martel, Antony Ponzini, Pat Corley, Edwin Max, Bob O’Connell, Jerry Machen.