Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Generation Gap


Generation Gap:Hallmark Channel Movie starring Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Christmas Card, etc...), Rue McClanahan (The Golden Girls), and co-starring Ralph Waite and Hal Williams (The Waltons).


Edward Asner ... Bart Cahill
Rue McClanahan ... Kay
Ralph Waite ... Chick
Hal Williams ... Mac
Alex Black ... Dylan Statlan
Danielle Savre ... Jenny
John Heard ... Principal Stewart
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Veronica Statlan
Charlie McDermott ... Corey Miller
Brenda Goodbread ... Picnic Guest
Gabriel Schwalenstocker ... Dwayne

from Hallmark-

A rebellious teenager (Alex Black) is forced to spend the summer with his grandfather (Edward Asner), a retired World War II Colonel. Their differences may go deeper than just the years that seperate them, but the two slowly develop a mutual respect - and love - for one another.

Movie Review:

I loved watching the grandson and grandfather come together in this movie and bond. It was great to see their mutual respect for one another and their love.

I also thought it was sweet watching the boy ask the local girl out and it was so precious how the grandfather and his friends made them a very special dinner for their "first date".

Spoiler: There was a very sad ending.... as the grandfather, played by Ed Asner, passed away.

I do wish the story could have ended differently as it turned a very sweet story into a very sad one... and we were left wondering if the boy would go home now with his mother or somehow stay in his Grandfather's town. So many unanswered questions.

See or Skip:

See, but most likely not for young children.

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  1. My husband really enjoyed watching Generation Gap with Edward Asner. BUT I walked into the room and interrupted him just as the boy was given a letter at the end. The last thing he saw was the couple walking away from the cemetery. What did the letter say? What was its significance? Thanks so much for your help.

  2. I think it was a letter giving the boy the keys to the grandfathers truck.

  3. The last line in the letter was

    Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal.

    Love leaves a memory that no one can steal.

    I have been using this as my e-mail signature line since my husband died but never realized where it came from. I just watched the movie and cried like a baby when I heard it, New Year's Eve 2011. Wish I could find a copy of the movie but it seems impossible to find.

  4. One of the last lines in the letter from his grandfather given at the cemetery said:

    Death Leaves a Heartache that No One Can heal.

    Love Leaves a Memory that No One Can Steal.

    I've been using these two lines in my e-mail signature since my husband died 16 months ago but didn't know where it originated. I cried like a baby to hear it in this movie on New Year's Eve 2011. I've been trying to find a copy of the video to buy but apparently they never published it for sale.

  5. I have watched this movie so many times & I watch it every time it comes on. I still cry when it ends. I just love it. I live by the saying 'death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, love leaves a memory that no one can steal'. Marc

  6. Terry Whalen Mercer PASaturday, May 05, 2012

    This is a great movie. I hope it comes to video someday. Such a touching and learning story about generation gaps. A must see for any family.

  7. I agree... it is a very emotional and moving film that should be released on dvd. Ed Asner is great as the grandfather.

  8. Jeri & Marc, thank you for sharing the ending to this movie for those who missed it. That was very kind of you to share this information.

    Jeri, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your precious memories of your husband sustain you.

    Marc, these are precious words to cherish when you've lost someone so dear.

    God bless you...

  9. I have tried to see on the credits where the movie was filmed..love the small town scenes..but they always shrink the credits at the end!! Can anyone tell me the name of the location?

    1. I'm not sure where they did the small town scenes but the grandfather's house is in Alhambra, California. The rest of the town is filmed somewhere else.

  10. My wife and I lovedthis movie ! WE also wondered where it was filmed at. Would love to visit there some time. Great lessons to be learned from this story. A life lived by God's values always wins. Thanks for another fine story well worth the time spent. Doug ........... Tustin , CA.

  11. does any one know where i can buy a copy of this movie?

  12. I also would like to buy a copy,Where can I find one? My Dad would like to have this movie. Please let me know!

  13. I recorded "Generation Gap" on my DVR. I watched it, not expecting anything over the top but I was surprised. The story is so heart-warming and also heart-breaking in the end. This is truly now a favorite film of mine. It has that same magic that a lot of family films from the 80's and 90's had that's missing in a lot of films and television programs nowadays. I miss popping in a movie or switching on the tv and not seeing the disgusting things that are on television now. I highly recommend this movie. I'm a grown 29 year old man and this movie had me crying like a baby at the end.

  14. these lines have inspired me to once again put pen to paper; i hope to someday complete this story!

  15. the lines death leaves... i should like to use while giving full credit to original author as part of an intro. of an unfinished story.

  16. what books did Dylan read in this movie? Anybody?

    1. To Kill a Mocking Bird & The Story of Ann Frank missed the first books title.

  17. The first book was Lord of the Flies. Loved this movie !

  18. Is this movie ever going to come out on DVD? Loved it want to buy the DVD


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