|Written by||Allan Sloane|
Joe Sparton (article)
|Directed by||Fielder Cook|
J. Ashley Hyman
|Theme music composer||Wladimir Selinsky|
|Country of origin||United States|
Helen Baker (associate producer)
|Production locations||Locust Valley Elementary School, Locust Valley, Long Island, New York, USA|
New York City
|Running time||200 minutes|
|Production companies||Columbia Pictures Television|
Columbia TriStar Television
|Original release||October 11–12, 1981|
Family Reunion is a 1981 four-hour American made-for-television drama film directed by Fielder Cook. The teleplay by Allan Sloane was based on the Ladies Home Journal article How America Lives by Joe Sparton. It was produced by Columbia Pictures Television for NBC, which aired it in two parts on October 11 and 12, 1981.
At its core is feisty spinster Elizabeth Winfield, a New England teacher recently retired after a fifty-year career. She uses an unlimited bus ticket received as a gift to visit the distant members of her long-estranged family. During her absence, her small hometown, which bears her family's name, falls prey to dishonest relatives colluding with corrupt shopping mall developers. She returns in an effort to halt construction on the project and, armed with the moral integrity she has instilled in her students for the past five decades, she manages to resolve the situation in time for the annual Founder's Day festivities.