25 October 2020 | MartinHafer
Some very good acting for a small payoff at the end.
"The Gift" is a made for television movie I found on YouTube. And, after watching it, I am left thinking that the film was okay...it had some really nice acting...but not much more.
The story is set during the early 1950s when the US was still at war in Korea. Pete (Gary Frank) is home on leave from the navy for Christmas and hopes to spend some time with his girlfriend and his family. But there are problems with both....the girlfriend has a new boyfriend and Pete's father (Glenn Ford) is a drunk who never really talks to his family. The dad avoids his feelings and his closest connections are to the other drunks down at the local hangouts. How all this works out through the course of the story is the apparent point of the film.
As I mentioned above, the acting is quite good. But the story is hindered by the general lack of likability of the characters and I felt curiously uninvolved as a result. Well made....jut not all that compelling.