It’s All About Home, Heart and Family for a Vision Thanksgiving

In America: (L to R) Paddy Considine as Johnny, Emma Bolger as Ariel, Sarah Bolger as Christy and Samantha Morton as Sarah

In America: (L to R) Paddy Considine as Johnny, Emma Bolger as Ariel, Sarah Bolger as Christy and Samantha Morton as Sarah

There’s a brisk chill in the air. Leaves are turning on their brilliantly colourful display. Farmer’s Markets are jammed to the brim with harvested goodies and we pause with gratitude for family, friends and the warmth of home. Celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October since 1957, Thanksgiving is here once again and it’s time to savour life, love and what we’re thankful for.

For many, a focal point of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is a big, scrumptious turkey dinner. In 2011, Canadians purchased three million whole turkeys for Thanksgiving, accounting for 32% of all whole turkeys sold last year according to the Turkey Farmers of Canada. Plus, don’t forget the pumpkin pie – a sweet holiday staple since the early nineteenth century. Read about these and more fun Canadian Thanksgiving facts here.

After Thanksgiving dinner and all week long, VisionTV is marking the holiday with nightly movies filled with heartwarming moments, charming characters and sweeping drama. Here’s what’s on the menu:

MONDAY, OCT. 8: Midnight ET/9pm PT
Promise The Moon (1997)

Collette Stevenson and Henry Czerny star in "Promise The Moon"

Collette Stevenson and Henry Czerny star in Promise The Moon

A rugged family ranching saga set in Western Canada in the 1920s and starring Henry Czerny, Collette Stevenson and Shawn Ashmore (X-Men). Both leads were nominated for Geminis and the film won in the category of Best Costume Design.

FUN FACT: Director Ken Jubenvill also helmed 21 episodes of the long running Canadian Depression-era series Wind at My Back.

TUESDAY & THURSDAY, OCT. 9 & 11: 9pm ET/6PM PT
Love on the Land: Parts 1 & 2 (1999)

Peter Strauss, Rachel Ward and Chandra West star in "Love on the Land"

Peter Strauss, Rachel Ward and Chandra West star in Love on the Land

An epic, romantic two-parter covering four decades in the lives of one family as they struggle to rise from rags to riches after the Civil War. The stellar cast list includes silver screen luminaries Peter Strauss, Rachel Ward, Hume Cronyn and Rip Torn.

FUN FACTS: Also known as Seasons of Love, the movie was filmed in Uxbridge, Ontario. It also co-stars Justin Chambers, who has since found fame as Dr. Alex Karev on Grey’s Anatomy.

TUESDAY, OCT. 9: Midnight ET/9pm PT
Henry & Verlin (1997)

A nine-year-old boy who doesn’t talk and his child-like, adult Uncle form a bond of friendship that brings the boy out of his shell, but their family’s fears threaten to break them apart.

FUN FACTS: Director David Cronenberg plays a supporting role as a doctor and Margot Kidder, Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Superman, co-stars as Mabel, a retired prostitute with a wooden leg who befriends Henry and Verlin.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10: Midnight ET/9pm PT
In America (2002)

Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger and Samantha Morton star in "In America"

Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger and Samantha Morton star in In America

An Irish family of four tenaciously reaches for a slice of the American dream when they illegally emigrate to New York City. While the parents, played by Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton, discover a world of challenge and chaos, their young daughters see this new environment as a place filled with magic and promise. In America was nominated for three Oscars.

FUN FACT: During the movie’s early stages of production, Ewan MacGregor and Kate Winslet were originally approached to play the parents, Johnny and Sarah.

THURSDAY, OCT. 11: Midnight ET/9pm PT
Coupe de Ville (1990)

Arye Gross, Patrick Dempsey and Daniel Stern star in "Coupe de Ville"

Arye Gross, Patrick Dempsey and Daniel Stern star in Coupe de Ville

Three very different and estranged brothers take on the task of driving a 1954 Cadillac their father bought for their mother’s 50th birthday from Detroit to Miami. Along the way, they rediscover the family ties that bind.

FUN FACT: Another Grey’s Anatomy connection! Patrick Dempsey, who plays the rebellious youngest brother Bobby, now stars as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd in the series.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12: Midnight ET/9pm PT
The Amati Girls (2000)

Dinah Manoff, Sean Young, Lily Knight and Mercedes Ruehl star in "The Amati Girls"

Dinah Manoff, Sean Young, Lily Knight and Mercedes Ruehl star in The Amati Girls

An Italian-American family’s mettle is tested as tragedy galvanizes four sisters into facing the personal hurdles they must overcome. Starring Mercedes Ruehl, Sean Young, Dinah Manoff and Lily Knight as the sisters and Cloris Leachman as their mother.

FUN FACT: First time director Anne DeSalvo is also an accomplished actress with over 70 film and TV credits including recurring roles on such classics as Taxi, Cheers, Wiseguy and L.A. Law.

Now and always, we’re very thankful for all of our wonderful VisionTV viewers and hope you enjoy what our fall programming season has to offer. Check out our full upcoming movie schedule.

Craving some more tantalizing fall fare? ZoomerMag.com has a list of great links to discover beautiful fall-coloured getaways in Central and Eastern Canada and 50Plus.com lists 10 fun ways to celebrate the season.

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