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Writers (WGA):
Stanley Isaacs (story) &
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Feeling unneeded, a disillusioned Santa Claus (Charles Durning) quits Christmas. Through the selflessness... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Beverly Rowland ... Mrs. Claus

Charles Durning ... Santa
Risa Schiffman ... Jennifer Baxter
Annette Marin ... Laura Baxter
Wayne Osmond ... Jeff Baxter

Tip Boxell ... Jeff's Boss
M.J. Bench ... Stubby
Dottie Bench ... Roly Poly
Debbie Christensen ... Muffin
Kenneth Kunz ... Trouper

Bruce Vilanch ... Philpot
Star Herrmann ... Mother (as Star Roman)
Brett Webb ... Son
Gary Barnes ... Father
Paul Grace ... Mugger
Alan Nash ... Ticket Clerk
Jason Ball ... Bus Driver
John Daryl ... Cop - Chicago

Ted Lange ... Napoleon
Lila Levar ... Ticket Purchaser 1
Anne Taylor Meyers ... Ticket Purchaser 2
Leonard James ... Cop - Denver
Michael Picardi ... Sergeant Devlin
Michael Ruud ... J. Prescott Hewes
Bill Lawrence ... Father John
Thom Dillon ... Desk Sergeant
Stephen Blosil ... Brian Jessup
Ryan Webb ... Ryan Jessup

J. Omar Hansen ... Clyde Jessup

Michael Flynn ... Banker

Hester Schell ... Mary Jessup
Michael D. Weatherred ... Norbert Castleberry
Ivan Crosland ... Limo Driver
Jeffrey Hubrich ... Andy Woodford
Marvin Payne ... Mr. Woodford
Shannon Engelmann ... Receptionist
Ryan Healey ... Boy in Crowd
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jesse Bennett ... Mr. Bannings
Dave Blackwell ... Doctor
Chris Joynt ... Kid on shoulders (uncredited)

Directed by
Burt Brinckerhoff 
Writing credits
Stanley Isaacs (story) &
Golda David (story) &
Alan Jay Glueckman (story)

Golda David (teleplay) &
Alan Jay Glueckman (teleplay)

Produced by
Jon D. Ackelson .... producer (as Jon Ackelson)
Harvey Bibicoff .... co-executive producer
Golda David .... co-producer
Alan Jay Glueckman .... co-producer
Irwin Meyer .... executive producer
James A. Osmond .... executive producer
James A. Osmond .... supervising producer
Rodney Sheldon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kurt Bestor 
Cinematography by
Gordon Lonsdale 
Film Editing by
Kelly Peacock 
Pat D. Smart 
Howard Taksen 
Tim Tommasino 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Cobb .... assistant director
Sound Department
Pat Heltman .... boom operator
Dave Howe .... audio
Palmer Pattison .... sound mixer
Larry Thomson .... sound
Les Udy .... sound mixer
Brian Christensen .... stunt coordinator
Brian Christensen .... stunts
Robin Wiltshire .... sleigh race stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Allen .... second assistant camera
Bruce Bain .... video tape operator
Doug Bebout .... video tape operator
Carl Gundestrup .... electrician
Gordon Huston .... second second assistant camera
Blane Jensen .... grip
David R. Kohn .... grip
Kelly Mecham .... electrician
Tyler Meiners .... electrician
Laird Roberts .... electrician
David Stoddard .... best boy
Tom Streich .... key grip
Ray A. Versluys .... grip
Brian Wilcox .... first assistant camera
W. Grant Williams .... gaffer
Lee Zurligen .... video tape operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lindey L. Crow .... wardrobe assistant
Other crew
Terry Chupak .... assistant: James Osmond
Fred Crane .... wrangler
Sondra Latham .... assistant production coordinator
Darlington Osobase .... stand-in
Arrahwanna Thomsen .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"The Nearly Wasn't Christmas" - USA (alternative title)
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USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The shopping mall where Wayne Osmond's character performs is actually in Utah.See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
very poignant, 18 May 2004
Author: John M. Clones ( from St.Louis, MO

Very poignant. I first saw it in 1991 and again in 2003. I liked it. There are three themes they are: the innocence of childhood, Christmas is a special time of year, and it is easy to down and discouraged especially around Christmas. Merle Osmen played the father. I remember him from the Osmne Brothers when I was a kid and they had a Saturday morning cartoon. Some may remember Ted Lange from The Love Boat. The acting is good. There are several other movies about Christmas with these themes such as "Santa Clause". I hope that this movie is available on Video. There are many other good Christmas movies we don't see at Christmas. It reminds me of the Movie "Santa Clause".

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