Decoration Day (film)

Decoration Day
Created by John William Corrington (novel)
Written by Robert W. Lenski
Directed by Robert Markowitz
Starring James Garner
Judith Ivey
Ruby Dee
Bill Cobbs
Laurence Fishburne
Jo Anderson
Norm Skaggs
Wallace Wilkinson
Theme music composer Patrick Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Dick Gallegly
Marian Rees
Cinematography Neil Roach
Editor(s) Harvey Rosenstock
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) Hallmark Hall of Fame
Marian Rees Associates
Vantage Entertainment Group
Distributor NBC
Original release December 2, 1990
"Decoration Day"
Hallmark Hall of Fame episode
Episode no. Season 40
Episode 1
Production code 287
Original air date December 2, 1990

Decoration Day is a 1990 film based on a novel by John William Corrington of the same title. The made-for-TV movie was directed by Robert Markowitz and filmed on location in Georgia.


James Garner plays a retired judge and recluse who comes out of "hiding" to investigate when his childhood friend (Bill Cobbs) refuses to accept a Medal of Honor awarded decades ago in World War II. His reason is kept in confidence and Garner's character files a motion to deny the ceremony. Meanwhile, the personal lives of the other characters have issues of their own to work out. In the end of things Cobbs' character is told of something he didn't know about and the two romantic side stories resolve in a positive fashion.


Critical reception

Entertainment Weekly movie reviewer Ken Tucker, gave the film an A-. In his review, he says the movie "starts out like the [...] a video greeting card designed to warm your heart. But very quickly it becomes something better than that." He goes on to say "To be sure, there's a lot that's sentimental about this story," and calls the film "entertaining."[1]

The DVD Verdict website also praised the film, saying "Decoration Day offers a solid evening of family entertainment, handling serious subject matter with care and presenting a wonderful cast we'd like to wrap in a great big group hug by the end of the film's 99 minutes." They also declared "...if you haven't brushed aside a tear or three by the closing credits, you probably can't see your reflection in a mirror, either." They summed up, "Gather the relations, grab a box of Kleenex, and enjoy."[2]




  1. "TV Review: Decoration Day". Entertainment Weekly. November 30, 1990.
  2. " "Case Number 02740: Decoration Day". DVD Verdict.

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