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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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Caleb Grainger
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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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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

Gideon: Can you keep a secret?
Abbie Grainger: Yeah.
Gideon: Well, uh, I'm an angel. A Christmas angel.
Abbie Grainger: Oh, no, you're not, 'cause my dad told me you can't see angels. They're invisible.
Gideon: Well, they're invisible sometimes, but sometimes they have to show up.
Abbie Grainger: So, what's your name then?
Gideon: Gideon.
Abbie Grainger: Gideon? Was you a good person that died?
Gideon: Good person? Well, I was a cow hand... out, out west. And one Christmas, a long, long time ago, I was riding along the Snake River, and I heard this little... kid, uh, yelling to somebody, and, uh,...
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References Gremlins (1984) 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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Best contemporary Christmas movie!
18 December 2004 | by (London, Canada) – See all my reviews

I've been watching this movie every Christmas since it first appeared on CBC in the '80s, and I have to say, I spend most of the movie misty-eyed. In this familiar story of a woman who has lost the Christmas spirit and rediscovers it through being shown how fortunate she is, there are several excellent performances

and a strong feeling of magic throughout.

Mary Steenburgen, who plays Ginnie Grainger, the woman who has lost the

Christmas spirit, undergoes an amazing transformation and some of the most

heart-wrenching moments I've seen on film. Harry Dean Stanton, as the angel

Gideon, plays his part with sensitivity, and Gary Basaraba is excellent as Jack, Ginnie's husband. Abbie, the six-year old daughter of the main character, steals the show, however. She never seems to be acting, and carries the innocence of childhood and the magic of Christmas with her. Keep an eye out for a very

young Sarah Polley as Molly Monaghan, and veteran Canadian actor Jan

Rubes as the best Santa Claus on film to date, if only for his amazing costume.

Keep a box of tissues on hand when you watch this movie! It demonstrates that a movie can be magical without overwhelming special effects, and that a

Christmas movie can be sentimental without being schmaltzy.


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