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22 November 1985 (USA) See more »
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Mary Steenburgen ... Ginny Grainger

Gary Basaraba ... Jack Grainger

Harry Dean Stanton ... Gideon

Arthur Hill ... Caleb Grainger

Elisabeth Harnois ... Abbie Grainger (as Elizabeth Harnois)
Robbie Magwood ... Cal Grainger

Michelle Meyrink ... Betty

Elias Koteas ... Eddie

Wayne Robson ... Harry Dickens

Jan Rubes ... Santa Claus

Sarah Polley ... Molly Monaghan

Graham Jarvis ... Frank Crump

Timothy Webber ... Herbie Conklin
Joy Thompson ... Mrs. Monaghan (as Joy Thompson-Allen)

John Friesen ... Mr. Noonan

Debra McGrath ... Mrs. Noonan
Julie Beaulieu ... Noonan Child
Geremy Dingle ... Noonan Child (as Jeremy Dingle)
Jane Schoettle ... Bank Teller
Damir Andrei ... Bank Manager
Amah Harris ... Girl in Bank
Rita Tuckett ... Mrs. Claus
Sam Malkin ... Garage Mechanic
Gareth Bennett ... Harry Dickens' son (as Garreth Bennett)

Alf Humphreys
Robin McCulloch
Rodger Barton
John E. Johnson
Gary Bush
Robert King

Geneviève Appleton (as Genevieve Appleton)

Directed by
Phillip Borsos 
Writing credits
Thomas Meehan (story) &
Phillip Borsos (story) &
Barry Healey (story)

Thomas Meehan (written by)

Produced by
Phillip Borsos .... executive producer
Michael MacDonald .... associate producer
Peter O'Brian .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Conway Baker 
Cinematography by
Frank Tidy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Wolinsky 
Casting by
Gail Carr 
Production Design by
Bill Brodie 
Art Direction by
Tony Hall 
Set Decoration by
Rondi Johnson 
Costume Design by
Olga Dimitrov 
Makeup Department
Ann Brodie .... makeup designer
Beverly Carr .... assistant makeup artist
Bryan Charbonneau .... hair stylist (as Bryan Charboneau)
Tony Marrero .... hair stylist
Production Management
David Coatsworth .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Lucibello .... first assistant director
Michael MacDonald .... second unit director
Elizabeth Scherberger .... second assistant director
David Till .... third assistant director
David Vaughan .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Chris Biden .... propsman
Ken Clark .... set dresser
Tom Doherty .... assistant art director
Mark S. Freeborn .... property master (as Mark Freeborn)
Caroline George-Kohne .... assistant art director (as Caroline George)
Fred Geringer .... stand-by painter
Debra Gjendem .... assistant art director
Joe Griffith .... production illustrator
Bill Harman .... construction supervisor
Willi Holst .... head painter (as Willie Holst)
Alicia Keywan .... assistant art director
Denis Kirkham .... set dresser (as Dennis Kirkham)
Alistair Macrae .... assistant art director (as Alistair MacRae)
Gustave Meunier .... set dresser
Nancey Pankiw .... assistant art director
Alex Russell .... head carpenter
Sound Department
David Appleby .... re-recording mixer
Anke Bakker .... assistant sound editor
Richard Cadger .... adr editor (as Rick Cadger)
Bruce Carwardine .... production sound recordist
Alison Clark .... sound effects editor
Robert Cooper .... assistant sound editor (as Bob Cooper)
Bruno DeGazio .... assistant sound editor (as Bruno Degazio)
Glen Gauthier .... dialogue editor
Glen Gauthier .... production sound recordist
Alan Geldart .... sound effects editor
Joe Grimaldi .... re-recording mixer
Roberta Kipp .... assistant sound editor
Robin Leigh .... adr editor
Susan Lindell .... assistant sound editor
Susan Maggi .... assistant sound editor
Sandra Moffat .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Nyznik .... sound designer
Bruce Nyznik .... sound effects recording
Michael O'Farrell .... sound effects editor
Anna Pafomow .... assistant sound editor
Dale Sheldrake .... assistant sound editor
Peter Thillaye .... sound effects editor
Gord Thompson .... sound effects recording
Lise Wedlock .... foley assistant
Don White .... re-recording mixer
Leon B. Wood .... assistant sound editor (as Leon Wood)
Christian T. Cooke .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist (uncredited)
Bruce Nyznik .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeremy Borsos .... technical effects: consultant
J. Tracy Budd .... special effects
William H. Orr .... special effects (as Bill Orr)
John Thomas .... special effects coordinator
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects on-set technician (as Neil Trifunovich)
Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... visual effects supervisor
David Rigby .... stunt driver
T.J. Scott .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Crone .... camera operator: second unit
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Noah Farrell .... best boy grip
Henri Fiks .... camera operator: second unit
Tony Guerin .... trainee assistant camera
Michael Hall .... assistant camera: second unit
Gail Harvey .... still photographer
Pauline Heaton .... trainee assistant camera
Perry Hoffman .... second assistant camera
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Michael Kohne .... key grip (as Michael Dan Kohne)
Robert Saad .... camera operator
Neil Seale .... first assistant camera
Kerry Smart .... assistant camera: second unit
Richard Clark .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susannah Coneybeare .... additional casting
Janet Hirshenson .... casting: L.A.
Michael Hirshenson .... casting associate
Jane Jenkins .... casting: L.A.
Peter Lavender .... extras casting
Jill Simpson .... casting associate
Bonnie Timmermann .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gail Filman .... wardrobe dresser
Rose Mihalyi .... wardrobe dresser
Madeleine Stewart .... wardrobe mistress (as Madeline Stewart)
Editorial Department
Rosmary Conte .... assistant picture editor
Timothy Eaton .... assistant picture editor (as Tim Eaton)
Scott Eldridge .... assistant picture editor
Elaine McFeat .... post-production coordinator
Jan Nicolichuk .... assistant picture editor
Robin Russell .... assistant picture editor
Location Management
Keith Large .... unit location manager
Howard Rothschild .... location manager: second unit
Music Department
Denise McCormick .... music editor
Glenn Morley .... score conductor
Glenn Morley .... score orchestrator
Glenn Morley .... score producer
Transportation Department
Stuart Hughes .... driver captain
Fred Ionson .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Debbie Cooke .... production coordinator
Mark Dumas .... animal trainer (as Marc Weiner)
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio .... executive coordinator (as Teri Fettis)
Orest Haba .... production assistant
Sarah Miller Hayward .... production associate (as Sarah Hayward)
Deborah Henderson .... executive assistant (as Debra Henderson)
Penelope Hynam .... continuity
Joanne Jackson .... production accountant
Rick Parker .... animal master
George Pothitos .... dialogue coach
Fred Roos .... production executive
Judy Roseberg .... production accountant
Paul L. Tucker .... production consultant (as Paul Tucker)
R.D. Perkins .... acknowledgment: Thebis tricycle courtesy of

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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Canada:F (Ontario) | UK:U | USA:G

Did You Know?

On the VHS release, Ginny's puffy winter coat is yellow. On the DVD release, her coat is pink.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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15 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Good grief! Not for children's viewing!, 27 November 2006
Author: smorton-2 from United States

Sorry, but I will spoil both the plot line and the ending for you in hopes of avoiding a holiday fiasco like the one that I now face. The father dies and the mother asks Santa in a letter to bring him back to the family for Christmas,...and Santa does. Dad is peachy, happy healthy and totally unaware of the fact that he had died. All ends syrupy sweet.

But as a parent who recently watched my five year-old lose his best canine friend, it was a horror flick. Now my son is convinced that all he has to do to bring his buddy back is to ask Santa! Do not underestimate the willpower of a young heart- no amount of persuasion will convince him that it was only a movie and that his dog is NOT coming back for Christmas. It has been heart breaking to watch his joy only to know that Christmas Eve he will have to face his loss afresh.

Shame on you on behalf of all the believers that have lost a loved one recently. It is hard enough to deal with the loss one time for a child, but there are some wishes that we shouldn't even portray as a possibility.

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