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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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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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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$18,587,135 (USA)
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The holiday and reindeer aside, this story bears a strong resemblance to that of Pollyanna (1960). See more »

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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

Jessica Riggs: Alright for you, Carol Wetherby! You're not my friend anymore!
Carol Wetherby: What did I say?
Jessica Riggs: That there was no Heaven!
Carol Wetherby: So?
Jessica Riggs: [tears up] What about my mother, then?
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My favorite holiday movie
20 December 2000 | by (Oceana, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

Prancer is one of those special movies that come along every once in a great while that truly touches your heart. It doesn't rely on gimmicks or special effects, but relies on the characters themselves. Jesse, the central character in the story, finds an injured reindeer near her home, and believes it to be Prancer. And she nurses the reindeer back to health in order to deliver him back to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The true meaning of the movie is said by the preacher in the church during the Christmas service. Today's kids grow up so fast, and loose the child-like faith that Jesse has in a few short years. They then don't believe in anything that science doesn't prove. But Jesse, against impossible odds, sticks to her beliefs, and in the end brings back the faith of those who lost theirs long ago. Prancer is one of those holiday movies to buy for both your kids and yourself.


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