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One Magic Christmas (1985)

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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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Abbie Grainger (as Elizabeth Harnois)
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Molly Monaghan
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Frank Crump
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Herbie Conklin
Joy Thompson ...
Mrs. Monaghan (as Joy Thompson-Allen)
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Mr. Noonan
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Storyline

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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A magical film like this only happens once in a lifetime. Now everyone will believe in Santa Claus. See more »

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Family | Fantasy

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Czarodziejskie Boze Narodzenie  »

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On the VHS release, Ginny's puffy winter coat is yellow. On the DVD release, her coat is pink. See more »

Quotes

Ginny Hanks Grainger: [to Cal] Don't get jelly on your jacket.
Cal Grainger: Abbie got jelly on her jacket.
Abbie Grainger: I did not, jelly face.
Cal Grainger: One of these days Abbie, to the moon!
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References Gremlins (1984) See more »

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Stop! In The Name of Love
Words and Music by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
Jobete Music Company, Inc.
Performed by Vivian Williams, Yvonne Murray and Bobbie Lee Davenport
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Excellent balance of darkness and redemption
18 December 2006 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

Like "It's a Wonderful Life", this is a movie that avoids being overly sentimental by exposing real darkness in the protagonist before she gets the opportunity to miraculously gain a new perspective on herself and the people important in her life. Harry Dean Stanton is heartbreakingly genuine as the Gideon, the Cowboy Angel. As an old fan of John Byner as a comedian/impressionist, I was impressed that I didn't even recognize him in a dramatic character role until I saw the credits. The children's responses as tragedy unfolds are remarkable, simple, direct and real. As a fan of Mary Steenburgen, with a bit of a crush on her when I saw the movie, it was difficult to see her be so convincing as an initially unsympathetic character. This is a film with an edge, perhaps not for the faint of heart or skittish children, but it's the kind of movie I look forward to seeing again and love to introduce to friends.


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