I haven't seen this movie since I was a kid, but I picked it up yesterday and watched it on my 50" plasma. The movie was adapted from Earl Hamner's novel about his upbringing in West Virginia, but the location was changed to Wyoming. It's basically about self-sacrificing parents who slave at menial jobs in a quarry to help their kids (in this case, Clayboy, played by James Macarthur) get to college and improve their lot. The story is pleasant, not riveting, and it was the basis for the later series, The Waltons. But all the performances are first rate, particularly Henry Fonda, as Clay Spencer, and Maureen O'Hara, as his wife and mother of 9 kids. What a surprise! It isn't a kids movie at all, although it does have a sentimental streak, properly camouflaged. I found the dialogue surprisingly sharp for a family picture, filled with innuendos and liberal moralizing -- sex is fine, if it doesn't interrupt your education. The DVD is wonderful. I had no idea that this was a Panavision movie, filmed on location in Wyoming, at the Grand Tetons. The cinematography is breathtaking, and beautifully rendered on the DVD. I could live without the Max Steiner score -- in fact, I think the score contributes the sentimental quality, unfortunately -- but the score is minimized by a mono soundtrack. The extras are wonderfully preserved, two documentaries made after the film at its premiere in Jackson Hole, with people in the town interviewed, and Henry Fonda submitting to a long interview. I recommend this movie, and disk, for families and singles (like me) everywhere.