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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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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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22 November 2008 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

There is something that I don't understand why such a wonderful movie was never released on VHS or on DVD. I have not met a person who has seen it that didn't love it and want to buy it. Even today the demand is great for it. No one knows who to ask though. I remember that for a while they use to show it every year so I didn't bother to tape it when I had the chance. Big mistake for me. I think that with the garbage they are coming out now with. that it nearly wasn't Christmas would be a breath of fresh air. can anyone help us? Thank you, from all of It nearly wasn't Christmas fans every where and we are many. I assure you.If you know of any company or any one person we can contact to show our interest it would be greatly appreciated. This generation would love this story and we need to see good quality programming especially in these trying times. So, please, please if you can help us, please let us know. Thank you.

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