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It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989)

| Adventure, Comedy | TV Movie
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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Beverly Rowland ...
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Risa Schiffman ...
Jennifer Baxter
Annette Marin ...
Laura Baxter
Wayne Osmond ...
Jeff Baxter
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Jeff's Boss
M.J. Bench ...
Stubby
Dottie Bench ...
Roly Poly
Debbie Christensen ...
Muffin
Kenneth Kunz ...
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Star Herrmann ...
Mother (as Star Roman)
Brett Webb ...
Son
Gary Barnes ...
Father
Paul Grace ...
Mugger
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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 <alanjay44@aol.com>

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I think this movie is great, and it should be released on DVD
8 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sorry to disagree with you, but I highly enjoyed this movie and have been waiting patiently for it to be released onto DVD. I thought it was a good movie, and I saw it several times on TV, before they stopped showing it. I think Charles Durning is very believable as Santa, and that Bruce Vilanch as Philpot is genius. I also think Wayne Osmond as the father is very believable too. As Santa Claus is all about things that could never happen, a movie about the fantasy of Christmas is very appropriate. It's not about Jesus, therefore, anything goes. I think this deserves to be just as highly thought of as The Santa Clause, and sequels, in that vein. And children probably loved the movie too. So to the powers that be that can say this movie can go to DVD, please do so. :)


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