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.

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Cast

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

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Something magical is about to happen. See more »

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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17 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Jessica und das Rentier  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,914,486 (USA) (19 November 1989)

Gross:

$18,587,135 (USA)
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Trivia

The main street in the movie is a street over from the main street in Three Oaks, Mi, where the lumber yard was located. See more »

Goofs

From the "non-splintery" broken edges of the smashed deer-statue, it is clear that the statues are plastic, yet Jessica's friend states that they are made of wood. See more »

Quotes

John Riggs: [to Steve at the dinner table] If you're gonna eat like an animal, take your food out to the barn.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) See more »

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My favorite Christmas movie!
12 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In general, I think Christmas has lost its meaning for most people. Now, the main goal of the holidays seems to be to spend as much money as possible. In the process, people lose sight of the fact that we are celebrating the birth of the Son of God. I try hard not to get too wrapped up in the frenzy of the commercialization of Christmas. So, I try to find ways to make my season peaceful and meaningful. Prancer is one of the joys of the season for me. It's themes about keeping faith in the face of all those who don't believe, love overcoming hard luck, and courageously facing loss as a way of dealing with it are timeless. Rebecca Harrell as Jessica Riggs is the star of this movie, and Sam Elliot couldn't have been cast in a better role. During the holidays, I try to find one evening to build a crackling fire, sip hot chocolate, and settle down to watch Prancer. It has become my favorite Christmas movie, and one of my favorite movies of all time. What makes it even more precious is that it was filmed near my home, in LaPorte, Indiana. The beautiful snowy fields, orchards and woods filmed in the movie are just outside my door! I hope you all enjoy Prancer as much as I do!


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