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Prancer (1989)

G  |   |  Drama, Family, Fantasy  |  17 November 1989 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Mrs. McFarland
Orel Benton
Mr. Stewart / Santa
Jessica Riggs
John Duda ...
Steve Riggs (as John Joseph Duda)
Carol Wetherby
Herb Drier
Billy Quinn
Walter Charles ...
Victor Truro ...
Mr. Young
Marcia Porter ...
Mrs. Fairburn
Mr. Soot
Robert Zimmermann ...


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 »


Drama | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jessica und das Rentier  »

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$18,587,135 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real name of the reindeer who played Prancer was Bob. See more »


When Jessica is enticing Prancer out of the barn with a cookie, she can be seen saying "Lets go, come on" but you hear "Come on, it's a Christmas cookie". See more »


Jessica Riggs: He's *magical*, Carol!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) See more »

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A good holiday film!
27 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

While not without a couple of problems [like pacing], PRANCER is one of the better family/holiday movies I've seen. I didn't see this until after I saw PRANCER RETURNS about a week ago on cable. After PRANCER RETURNS [the sequel to this] was over, I went to the video store and rented this. Now while this one seemed to have a lower budget than PRANCER RETURNS, it still is just as well-acted and heartwarming [if not even more so]. Most holiday movies tend to show the holidays as times where everything is perfect, but this one shows that the holidays aren't as perfect as we'd like them to be. It's able to capture the ups and downs of the holidays while keeping everything pretty close to reality. Though I really enjoyed the film, CHRISTMAS VACATION remains to be my favorite holiday flick.

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