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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Grainger
Arthur Hill ...
Caleb Grainger
Abbie Grainger (as Elizabeth Harnois)
Robbie Magwood ...
Cal Grainger
Harry Dickens
Molly Monaghan
Graham Jarvis ...
Frank Crump
Timothy Webber ...
Herbie Conklin
Joy Thompson ...
Mrs. Monaghan (as Joy Thompson-Allen)
John Friesen ...
Mr. Noonan


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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22 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Czarodziejskie Boze Narodzenie  »

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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 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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