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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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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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22 November 1985 (USA)  »

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One Magic Christmas  »

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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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Sleigh Ride
Words by Mitchell Parish
Music by Leroy Anderson
Mills Music Inc.
Performed by The Ronettes
Courtesy of Spector International, Inc.
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Great riff on It's a Wonderful Life.
15 December 2004 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

This is indeed an underrated Christmas classic! I saw this movie as a kid in the theater and my mom was a bit turned off by the disturbing nature of some scenes, but now that I've watched it as an adult, I love all the references to It's a Wonderful Life, and all the dark elements in the film. It's nice to see a holiday film that cuts through the schmaltz. People often label It's a Wonderful Life as being too sentimental and sappy, but seem to overlook the themes of suicide, child abuse, poverty and death that run throughout the film. Things have to hit rock bottom for George Bailey to see the value of his life, as is the case in this film. The sheer darkness of what could be, as shown by the angel Gideon, make Ginny's embracing the Christmas spirit all the more resonant.


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