The Sweetest Gift (1998)

A story about two families. The Wilsons and the Martins have lived side by side all their lives, but never really knew each other. One day, the Martin's goat made friends with the Wilson's goat, then the Martins met the Wilsons.
  At first, the families thought they were too different to get along. When a new candy business brings the children together, both families struggle to overcome their differences. Through compassion and understanding, they learn how much they have to give to one another. The Sweetest Gift is an unexpected friendship.
  Diahann Carroll, Helen Shaver and Tisha Campbell stars in the Showtime Original movie, set in the Deep South, about two families living next door to each other who overcome racial prejudice to nurture each other when times are tough. It premiered Saturday, February 28, 1998 on Showtime. Has also been shown several times on The Hallmark Entertainment Network. In 1999 Diahann was nominated for a Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special) for her role in this warm and touching TV movie.


Helen Shaver ... Mrs. Martin
Diahann Carroll ... Mrs. Wilson
Marcia Bennett ... Librarian
Bernard Browne ... Mechanic
Tisha Campbell ... Ruby Wilson
Marium Carvell ... Cashier
Tony Craig ... Bubba
Marc Donato ... Chip Martin
Kristin Fairlie ... Kate Martin
Susan Fletcher ... Clair Bainbridge
Brian Frank ... Pump Attendant
Steve Pernie ... George
Dylan Provencher ... Justin Martin
Rosemary Radcliffe ... Mrs. Tutweiler
R.D. Reid ... Mr. Tate
William S. Taylor ... Mr. Wilson
Maurice Dean Wint ... Booker

Directed by Stuart Margolin
Written by Rebecca Gray and Rosa Jordan


Released on VHS. Not available on DVD.

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