MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,058 this week

Prancer (1989)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 2,467 users  
Reviews: 27 user | 17 critic

A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.

Director:

(as John Hancock)

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 16 Feb 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 16 Nov 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 16 Dec 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Prancer" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Prancer (1989)

Prancer (1989) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Prancer.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Prancer Returns (Video 2001)
Family | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Preteen brothers from a broken marriage live with their mother, Denise, in a rural town. Ryan, the cheeky elder boy, wants to go live with their father, Matt, in Chicago. This confuses shy ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Butler
Stars: Gavin Fink, John Corbett, Stacy Edwards
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" ... See full summary »

Director: Les Mayfield
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham
Fluke (1995)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Workaholic Thomas Johnson dies in a car accident and comes back to life as a dog. Remembering some of who he was, he returns to his wife and son to protect them from the man who caused his ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Carlei
Stars: Matthew Modine, Nancy Travis, Samuel L. Jackson
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's estate. Her uncle is very distant due to the ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Stars: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse
Babe (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Director: Chris Noonan
Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin
Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A troubled boy dives into a wonderous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach
Drama | Romance | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman meets and falls in love with a young man who is part of a family of immortals.

Director: Jay Russell
Stars: Alexis Bledel, Jonathan Jackson, Sissy Spacek
Gordy (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A talking pig named Gordy becomes involved in a quest to save his family from the slaughterhouse.

Director: Mark Lewis
Stars: Kristy Young, Doug Stone, James Donadio
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
John Riggs
...
Mrs. McFarland
...
Aunt Sarah
...
Orel Benton
...
Mr. Stewart / Santa
...
Jessica Riggs
John Duda ...
Steve Riggs (as John Joseph Duda)
...
Carol Wetherby
...
Herb Drier
...
Billy Quinn
Walter Charles ...
Minister
Victor Truro ...
Mr. Young
Marcia Porter ...
Mrs. Fairburn
...
Mr. Soot
Robert Zimmermann ...
Wagnall
Edit

Storyline

Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. She hides him in her barn and feeds him cookies, until she can return him to Santa. Her father finds him and decides to sell him to the butcher, not for venison chops, but as an advertising display. Written by <Vertigus@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

reindeer | christmas | holiday | farm | barn | See more »

Taglines:

Something magical is about to happen. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jessica und das Rentier  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$18,587,135 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The reindeer who played Prancer's real name was Boo. See more »

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) When she is telling her story about the play to her dad who is trimming apple trees, there is a shot of Jessica with an apple in the lower right hand corner of the screen. The apple is not attached to the tree by the stem, it's clearly tied to the branch. See more »

Quotes

Jessica Riggs: I don't think all of this is necessary, he's probably used to being around people.
Orel Benton: What am I, an elf?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
An Authentic Feeling of Childhood
23 December 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Few movies inhabit the world of childhood quite as authentically as "Prancer." Until the very last moments, it doesn't matter whether young Jessica's belief that she has found one of Santa's reindeer is literally true. The fact that she could believe such a thing so strongly, and selflessly act on her belief to help the lost reindeer, is compelling enough on its own. Children occupy a world where naive clarity mingles with a confusing knowledge of how much of adult life remains unknown. "Prancer" creates an atmosphere that lets adults dip back into that almost-forgotten way of experiencing the world.

Sam Elliott delivers a fantastic performance as Jessica's father, a farmer who has recently lost his wife and will soon probably lose his farm. He is on the verge of losing his family, and the father-daughter relationship at the heart of the movie feels unaffectedly real. Cloris Leachman's turn as an embittered neighbor deserves note as well.

The film's greatest flaws occur in its last two minutes. First, a critical continuity error shows that the reindeer has shed a jingle-bell harness just before the sound of the harness is supposed to indicate the animal's presence. Finally, at the very end, the movie shatters its ambiguity about the literal truth of the reindeer's identity. In doing so, it negates the foundation of the story's authenticity and dramatic power, and trivializes the final reconciliation between Jessica and her father. If the reindeer is not a supernatural being, then Jessica is a silly little girl and the audience has been had. But if the reindeer is a magical beast from Santa's stable, then it is not a leap of faith for Jessica's father to accept her improbable belief in the animal. By revealing the answer one way or the other, "Prancer" cheapens itself and significantly undermines the emotional power of an otherwise subtle and moving drama.


12 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Heartwarming or depressing? MaximumCheese
film locations of this film CM3885-1
Favorite scene joanbrazas
Little Girl aduelley
Very partial to this movie aschultz0421
Are those masses for real? KRBbluquail-1
Discuss Prancer (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?