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It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989)

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Feeling unneeded, a disillusioned Santa Claus (Charles Durning) quits Christmas. Through the selflessness of a little girl looking to reunite her parents for Christmas (and the help of his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beverly Rowland ...
Risa Schiffman ...
Jennifer Baxter
Annette Marin ...
Laura Baxter
Wayne Osmond ...
Jeff Baxter
Tip Boxell ...
Jeff's Boss
M.J. Bench ...
Dottie Bench ...
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Debbie Christensen ...
Kenneth Kunz ...
Star Herrmann ...
Mother (as Star Roman)
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Feeling unneeded, a disillusioned Santa Claus (Charles Durning) quits Christmas. Through the selflessness of a little girl looking to reunite her parents for Christmas (and the help of his bumbling chief elf, Philpot (Bruce Vilanch), Santa and the child travel across America and Santa discovers that people really do need him and care about other people. Written by Alan Jay Glueckman <>

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Excellent - wonderful feel good movie
12 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel this movie will leave you with the feeling so many have lost over the years - love and a feeling of goodness. This movie tries to point out the missing elements not just in Christmas but in our everyday lives. Stop and take the time to actually watch and listen to this movie not just with your eyes but with your heart. Beverly Rowland was perfect as Mrs. Claus and Charles Durning was superb in his portrayal of a saddened Santa. Risa Schiffman; Annette Marin; Wayne Osmond all did wonderful jobs acting. My favorite though would have to have been Philpot - what a delightful character and one that displays a little of each of us.

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