Watched this to get in the Holiday mood with some friends. We all had a lovely time.
It's been about two or so years since I viewed this for the first time and I still find new things to appreciate about it after each new viewing around the season.
From the score, to the actors, to the direction, to even the dated mid seventies visuals, everything feels like a genuine sense of care was put into creating the best possible creation of this character for the big screen.
This movie is absolutely wonderful and it makes me sad that most tend to dismiss it due to some of it's more dated elements along with some (admittedly glaring) issues, but whatever, I guess that's life.
P.S: I could watch an entire movie based around Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, and Valerie Perrine's characters.