The film tells the story of an alien from outer space who befriends two young children when he lands in a small town in Quebec.





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Cast overview:
Marcel Sabourin ...
Le Martien / The Visitor
Catherine Leduc ...
Katou / Cathy
François Gosselin ...
François / Frankie
Guy L'Ecuyer ...
Laframboise / Mr. Framer
Roland Chenail ...
Le chef de police / Police Chief
Paul Hébert ...
Le père / Father
Louise Poulin-Roy ...
La mère / Mother
Paul Berval ...
Le garagiste / Uncle Henry
Ernest Guimond ...
Le père Bonneville / Storekeeper
Yvan Canuel ...
Yvon Leroux ...
Taxi Driver


The martian comes to this small town in Quebec and becomes friends with the town children. He gives them smarties to get the children into his spacecraft. This alarms the parents and they decide to kill the alien. The alien wins them over and they have a great big Christmas party. Written by Denis Major <>

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Family | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

September 1992 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Il Marziano di Natale  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Nostalgic....and slightly creepy
9 December 2002 | by (middlesbrough, england) – See all my reviews

I remember being about 8 or 9, watching THE CHRISTMAS MARTIAN on tv, and feeling a little uneasy about the alien. The fact that he looked rather creepy (replete with terrorist style netted face mask) and acted rather strange, i never understood why the two children didn't run a mile, when they first encounter him. Ahhh, the innocence of childhood, i guess i must have been TOO cautious a child, back then. Viewed now, it is however, very nostalgic, and it's snow drenched scenery, reminds me of my youth, and more youth at christmas time. A few funny points;

A lot of scenes involving police cars are, shall we say...speeded up.

The fact that the alien takes them round the world in his space craft, and his moniter shows 'stock' footage from other countries. The fact that this footage is of such 'poor' quality, is explained by the alien announcing that his ships sensors are not used to the earths atmosphere

The dubbing

The godawfull operatic/cum falseto song at the end of the movie

The guy that played 'the alien' ended up, years later as a mafia don in CHUCK NORRIS's 'THE HITMAN'(1991) (another canadian co/production)

All in all, though, a fun movie, and one that i regulary watch with friends, at this time of year!

8 out of 10

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