One Christmas is a NBC TV movie, based on the short story of the same name by Truman Capote, that premiered on December 19, 1994. It won the 1994 Angel award for Excellent Media Support from producers John Davis, John Philip Dayton and Duane Poole.


Hailed as a "rewarding gift" and "unexpected pleasure, " One Christmas is a timeless holiday treasure based on Truman Capote's bittersweet tale of a young boy's adventures with the father he's never known. It's a classic family story featuring acclaimed performances from an award-winning cast, including the legendary Katharine Hepburn.

It's Christmas 1930, and eight-year-old Buddy finds himself in New Orleans spending the holidays with his estranged father. Leaving behind his Aunt Sook and the peaceful Alabama country life. Buddy now endures a conniving, deceitful con man of a dad who seems to care more about fast buck scams than earning his son's affection.

Buddy dreams of finding Santa, a snow-covered New Orleans and a new relationship with his father. His dad is looking for something real in a life of lies. Finally, father and son realize the greatest thing they have is each other. It's a gift that comes just in time for one unforgettable Christmas.


Actor/actress Character
Katharine Hepburn* Cornelia Beaumont
Henry Winkler Dad
Swoosie Kurtz Emily
T.J. Lowther Buddy
Tonea Stewart Evangeline
Pat Hingle Bus driver
Julie Harris Sook
Troy Simmons Toby
Marilyn Allen Miss Ivy
Mary Bivins Miss Julene
Henderson Gilliland Glenn Gilmore
Joe Inscoe Mr. Farris
Joe Maggard Dixon Hobbs
David Lenthall Billiard player
Thomas Myers Jr. Salesman
Tom Hull Party guest
Bob Hannah, John Scott Men
Nello Tare Gentleman #1
Michael P. Cahill (uncredited) Antoine's Patron
Gary Sievers (uncredited) Chain Gang Guard

* - Nominated for a 1995 SAG award for Best Actress in a TV movie

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