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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983)

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A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jackson Davies ...
Bob Bradley
Anthony Holland ...
Rev. Hopkins
David Alexander ...
Charlie Bradley
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Beth Bradley
Ocean Hellman ...
Alice
Sally Durr ...
Helen Armstrong
Janet Wright ...
Helen Armstrong
Teri Dean ...
Gladys Herdman
Beau Heaton ...
Claude Herdman
Megan Hunt ...
Imogene Herdman
Jason Micus ...
Leroy Herdman
Shane Punt ...
Ollie Herdman
Glen Reid ...
Ralph Herdman
Lynne Gorman ...
Mrs. Clausing (as Lynn Gorman)
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A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars.

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When Grace checks the sanctuary to see if people are filling it, Mrs. Clausing can be seen in the center of the shot in a brown blouse, waiting for the pageant to begin. A few shots after this she is greeted by the minister as she enters the sanctuary, with coat on, just ahead of Mrs. Herdman. See more »

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Imogene Herdman: Somedy better be Herod!
Grace Bradley: Imogene, we're going to do this play the way it has always been done.
Imogene Herdman: [grabs Charlie by the collar] I know! Let Charlie be Herod. He tells the wise men to kill Jesus, and they say "okay" 'cause he's a king and all.
Ollie Herdman: But then they don't do it. They go back and get Herod...
[gesturing stabbing motions]
Ollie Herdman: "Take that, Herod! Take that!"
Charlie Bradley: I'm not going to be Herod!
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Excellent Adaptation of Classic Book
7 February 2000 | by (Venice, CA.) – See all my reviews

I never thought any tv movie could do justice to the classic novel on which this Christmas special is based. But this flick succeeds brilliantly. All the classic lines & situations from the book are here, along with some added surprises. (The ham, and the surprise visitor at the pageant!) The Herdmans are exactly how I pictured them, and their "house" is completely realistic as well- love the factories in the background! The supporting characters (especially Charlie, Alice Wendelken, and (I think his name is) Hobie Carmichael), are all perfectly cast. And the message of the book is perfectly preserved-- there's a pretty amazing moment with the young actress who plays Imogene Herdman, when she's looking at a picture of Mary & Jesus and starts to cry. For anyone who hasn't read the book (which is a masterpiece & one of the most hilarious books I've ever read), I at least recommend you getting a hold of this movie. It will help you remember the "true" meaning of Christmas.


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