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The Christmas Star (1986)

 -  Drama | Family  -  December 1986 (USA)
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A counterfeiter finds the true meaning of the holidays.

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Horace McNickle
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Sumner
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Stuart Jameson
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Sara
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Clara Jameson
Alan North ...
Captain Whittaker
Philip Bruns ...
Lucky
Nicolas Van Burek ...
Billy Jameson
Vicki Wauchope ...
Trudy Jameson
Zachary Ansley ...
John
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Waters
Peter Bibby ...
Jeremy
Lillian Carlson ...
Mrs. Thurgood
David Glyn-Jones ...
Night Watchman
Anthony Holland ...
Old Con
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Horace McNickle (Edward Asner) is a two-time felon serving prison time for counterfeiting. On the week before Christmas, he escapes from prison dressed as Santa Claus due to his uncanny resemblance to St. Nick resulting from his long white beard and heavyset features. McNickle hides out from the police in a nearby suburban neighborhood where he is befriended and helped by two local children who think he is the real Santa Claus. McNickle takes advantage of the kids naivety to help him get his counterfeit money hidden somewhere in a local department store while he develops kind-hearted feelings for his two con victims that make him slowly understand the true nature of Christmas. Written by Matthew Patay

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Two kids made a believer out of him.

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La estrella de Navidad  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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ON DVD AT LAST!
23 June 2004 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Disney is releasing this Yuletide classic Sept. 7, 2004.

One of the truly great Christmas films. Ed Asner, Fred Gwynne, Rene Auberjenois, and writer/ director Alan Shapiro and his talented crew make this Dickens-esque family perennial a must-see. If you like "A Christmas Carol", "Miracle on 34th St.", you will also love "The Christmas Star". Originally made for Disney's Sunday Night Movie, it has run for years on X- Mas but, unfortunately, was never released on video -- until now.

Do yourself a favor and get a copy!


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