Tad Mosel's Broadway play All the Way Home was based on James Agee's A Death in the Family. A film version of the Mosel piece, starring Robert Preston and Jean Simmons, was released in 1963. 18 years later, All the Way Home was given an all-star staging by the NBC television network. Set in 1915 Tennessee, the play examines the effect that the sudden death of a loved one has upon those closest to him-in particular, his pre-teen son. William Hurt, Sally Field, Polly Holliday and Jeremy Licht headed the cast, while such reliable veterans as Ellen Corby, Michael Horton, Murray Hamilton, Jeanette Nolan, Ann Doran, and Betty Garrett appeared in support. All the Way Home was telecast live from the stage of the University of Southern California on December 21, 1981.
~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide