Decoration Day (film)

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.

Decoration Day
Created byJohn William Corrington (novel)
Written byRobert W. Lenski
Directed byRobert Markowitz
StarringJames Garner
Judith Ivey
Ruby Dee
Bill Cobbs
Laurence Fishburne
Jo Anderson
Norm Skaggs
Wallace Wilkinson
Theme music composerPatrick Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Dick Gallegly
Marian Rees
Production location(s)Agness Scott College
Newnan, Georgia
CinematographyNeil Roach
Editor(s)Harvey Rosenstock
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)Hallmark Hall of Fame
Marian Rees Associates
Vantage Entertainment Group
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseDecember 2, 1990
"Decoration Day"
Hallmark Hall of Fame episode
Episode no.Season 40
Episode 1
Production code287
Original air dateDecember 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.


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]


  • 1991 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Special – Ruby Dee
  • 1991 Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
  • 1991 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV – James Garner
  • 1991 Emmy Award for Directing in a Miniseries or a Special – Robert Markowitz
  • 1991 Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special – James Garner
  • 1991 Emmy Award for Writing in a Miniseries or a Special – Robert W. Lenski


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

External links

Decoration Day (disambiguation)

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

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