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One Magic Christmas (1985)

An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

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Jack Grainger
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Caleb Grainger
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Abbie Grainger (as Elizabeth Harnois)
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Cal Grainger
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Betty
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Eddie
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Harry Dickens
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Molly Monaghan
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Frank Crump
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Herbie Conklin
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Mrs. Monaghan (as Joy Thompson-Allen)
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Mr. Noonan
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Gideon, a Christmas angel, is sent, by Santa, to help Ginny Grainger. Ginny is a cynic, and she hates Christmas. She and her family (husband, Jack and two kids, Cal and Abbie) have fallen on hard times, making it even harder to believe in anything that can't be seen. With help from Abbie, and a trip to see Santa Claus himself, can Gideon find a way to make Ginny believe again? Written by jwhale9382

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Family | Fantasy

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22 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Czarodziejskie Boze Narodzenie  »

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Trivia

There were many scenes filmed in Owen Sound, Ontario, also: Owen Sound City Hall, the former Kirk's Texaco on 6th Street East. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Santa Claus opens the door to Abbie, from the back her hair is a markedly different color and texture to how it is from the front (and in all subsequent shots). The back shot was obviously filmed with a stand-in wearing a wig. See more »

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Herbie Conklin: Ginny, where do you think you're going?
Ginny Hanks Grainger: Herbie, I just have to go to the bank, just for two seconds, you can take my register until I get back.
Herbie Conklin: Me? I am the manager here and you're not going anywhere, we're in the middle of a Christmas rush here.
Ginny Hanks Grainger: If anyone says another thing about Christmas to me I'm gonna throw something at them and I mean it! Now I'm going to the bank, Herbie.
Herbie Conklin: Then that's it, you're fired, Ginny.
Ginny Hanks Grainger: Go jump in the lake, Herbie!
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Featured in At the Movies: Is Hollywood Selling War to Kids? (1986) See more »

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Lost In The Stars
Words by Maxwell Anderson
Music by Kurt Weill (as Kurt Wiell)
Chappell & Co., Inc. and Richmond Organization
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Dark with no Magic, Christmas or Otherwise
24 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me begin by saying I love Mary Steenbergen. That being said, when I saw that she was in this, I thought "how bad could it be?"

Um, BAD. This is the darkest, weirdest, most uncomfortable movie I've seen in a while and calling it a Christmas movie only works in terms of the fact that it is set during Christmas. There is no joy, magic, or cheer to be found in this...ahem...holiday classic.

Three quarters of the way in, we were all baffled and uncomfortable but were too invested to turn it off. I seriously cannot comprehend that there are people who like this movie.

Even knowing that this movie was made in 1985, I can't find a logical excuse for any of what I'm watching right now. Yes, I'm currently still watching it, but it is SO BAD that I pulled up IMDb in the midst of viewing to write this warning to others. SKIP IT. OR watch it as a drinking game. But don't think you're getting a joyful Christmas Classic here. You aren't. Noooooo you are not.


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