Picks and Pans Review: Tuesday, December 20

updated 12/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

THE GIFT OF LOVE: A CHRISTMAS STORY
CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)

This uplifting TV movie from writer Earl (The Waltons) Hamner is sweet without being saccharine. The plot is similar to Frank Capra's classic It's a Wonderful Life. Lee Remick effectively underplays her role as a depressed woman who recovers her will to live by recollecting the love that surrounded her childhood. As Remick's feisty mother, Angela Lansbury is a pleasure to watch.

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