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The Gathering is a 1977 made-for-TV live-action drama film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Plot

Adam Thornton, an ill-tempered executive who walked out on his family, learns that he only has a little time left to live. He decides that he wants to make peace with them and have one last reunion. He confides this information to his estranged wife, Kate. But when his doctor says that it won't be good for him to travel, she suggests that he call his four adult children and invite them all for Christmas. He agrees only with the provision that they not be told of his illness and imminent death. The only problem is that most of them are not exactly fond of him because he walked out on Kate and of his stubborn nature. Of them, he is most nervous about seeing Bud, who he hasn't spoken to since having an argument with him regarding the Vietnam War and his move to Canada several years before.

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