Mainstreaming: 3 Thanksgiving Classics to Watch

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This week we offer three films to watch in-between giblet gravy, the Macy’s Parade and NFL football. And while there are plenty Thanksgiving movie classics to choose from, the Weekly has nominated three all-time “must watch” flicks to carry you through the holiday weekend.  

 

Scent of  Woman (1992)
Many critics argue this is Al Pacino’s finest performance alongside Chris O’Donnell and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The storyline follows a prep school student who agrees to babysit a blind, decorated war veteran over the Thanksgiving break. What follows is a coming-of-age tale of redemption, forgiveness and second chances for both protagonists. “Hoo-ah!” 

 

Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987) 
This John Hughes film became an instant American classic in the late 80’s. Steven Martin and the late, great John Candy embark on the Thanksgiving journey of a lifetime—creating a comedy rapport that has rarely been matched in modern films. The movie reminds us of what the true meaning of Thanksgiving is all about—creating tears of laughter and love every step of the way.

 

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
Nothing defines Thanksgiving in the states like this Charles Schulz classic. The Peanuts takeoff first aired on CBS in November of 1973 and the Emmy award-winning movie still airs each year (now on ABC). From the iconic piano melodies to Snoopy and Woodstock devouring pumpkin pie…this is the Thanksgiving film standard for all ages.

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