The Gift of Love DVD
- Cast: Marie Osmond, Timothy Bottoms, James Woods
- Dove Approved: Dove Family Approved
- Run Time: 96 minutes
- Closed Captioning: Yes
- Region Code: 1
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The Gift of Love DVD
Set in the early 1900s in New York City, The Gift of Love, based on O. Henry's classic valentine story is touching and sweet, sure to please any fan of the original story. As a child, Beth Atherton came from a poor home. Though they did not have money, her family had love, which warmed them even on the coldest of nights. When her father dies, she learns some things about her parents' past that she never knew. Her mother, who came from a very wealthy family, married her poor father against her parents' wishes. These parents, Beth's grandparents, are now responsible for her. Her grandfather is cold and indifferent to her, because of the choices her mother made. Beth's grandmother is too scared to stand up to the grandfather, so she goes along with whatever he says and does. In order to make her family wealthier, Beth is forced into an arranged marriage by her grandparents. They tell her that it is what will prosper the family most and she must do it. She has little motivation to fight this decision, until she does exactly as her mother did and falls for a poor man. He promises her the love she knew in her childhood home, which she realizes is much more valuable than riches of any kind. Now Beth has an important decision to make, but is she willing to pay the consequences for her choice? The Gift of Love is a beautiful love story that brings O. Henry's classic tale to life on the screen.
The Original Story
The Gift of Love is a film based upon O. Henry's story, The Gift of the Magi. This story focuses on a young married couple and they love they share. The challenge they encounter is how to buy Christmas presents for each other with very little money. They want to please the other by providing them with a nice Christmas gift, but they simply do not have the funds.
Jim decides to buy his wife some combs and jewels for Della to use in her beautiful, long brown hair. In order to pay for these, he must sell his grandfather's pocket watch. Della decides to buy him a chain for his pocket watch, but in order to pay for this, she has to cut off her hair and sell it. When the two give each other their gifts, they discover their mistakes. The presents they had purchased are now useless, but they realize how special they are to each other. Both are a sign of their eternal love, and they decide that is the best gift they could ever give each other. They were both willing to sacrifice important possessions to prove their love for one another. This shows that there is no gift greater than The Gift of Love.
This film carries many important lessons, such as the fact that money is nothing compared to the other gifts we can give each other. The most important gift that we have ever been given is the gift of life by Jesus Christ. God loved his people so much that he sent his only son to die on a cross so that we might be saved. In the eyes of the world, this gift has no value. It cannot be sold or purchased for any monetary gain, so is it worth anything? It is worth everything. It is worth our lives and our souls. This proves that the world's standards for what is valuable and what is not do not use good judgment. They are based only on what will benefit us in this world.
William Sidney Porter, who went by the name of O. Henry, was an American writer of short stories. He wrote The Gift of the Magi, upon which The Gift of Love was based. His stories are known for their warm characterization and surprise endings. Both of these things are presented in The Gift of the Magi.
The characters of Della and Jim are presented in a warm and loving manner, in line with Henry's usual writing style. They display a deep love for each other and want to show this by presenting each other with gifts for Christmas.
The Gift of the Magi has a surprise ending, when Della and Jim realize their gifts to each other are useless and are no longer valuable. However, they realize that they are more valuable than anything they could have given each other, because they gave away pieces of themselves in order to obtain these gifts.
Unfortunately, O. Henry's life was not as happy as his short stories. He had many issues in later years that eventually led to his death. In earlier years, he was quite happy. He was at the height of his writing career and he met his sweetheart. Times were good, and this was reflected in his stories. Unfortunately, he started drinking heavily. This caused his health to start deteriorating quickly and his writing went downhill in quality and quantity. His wife left him because of this, and his life was very sad. He died one year later due to cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, and an enlarged heart.
O. Henry's life is a living example of a great writer that fell due to putting pleasure before his family. He loved drinking, and this caused his wife to leave him and had a huge impact on the medical conditions surrounding his death. Had he realized that The Gift of Love was the best thing he could ever give or receive, his life might have been very different. His stories live on as a testament to a man who was once happy, but couldn't give up his addiction.
The Gift of Love is a beautiful story that carries important messages of love, family, and sacrifice that is an allusion to the great love God has for his people.
The Gift of Love is not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, but is considered appropriate for all audiences. It is always recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their children.