|Created by||John William Corrington (novel)|
|Written by||Robert W. Lenski|
|Directed by||Robert Markowitz|
|Theme music composer||Patrick Williams|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location(s)||Agness Scott College|
|Running time||100 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hallmark Hall of Fame|
Marian Rees Associates
Vantage Entertainment Group
|Original release||December 2, 1990|
|Hallmark Hall of Fame episode|
|Episode no.||Season 40|
|Original air date||December 2, 1990|
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.
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."
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."
Decoration Day is the former name of Memorial Day, a United States holiday.
Decoration Day may also refer to:
Decoration Day (album), a 2003 album by Drive-By Truckers
Decoration Day (film), a 1990 American film based on a novel by John William Corrington
"Decoration Day", the second movement of A Symphony: New England Holidays by American composer Charles Ives
"Decoration Day" (song), a song by Sonny Boy Williamson I, later performed by John Lee Hooker on the album It Serves You Right to Suffer
Decoration Day (Canada), a Canadian holiday