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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 <>

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


When Prancer is joining Santa at the end, you see Jessica and her father standing apart in the wide shot, but in the closeups they are embracing each other. See more »


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 Seinfeld: The Dog (1991) See more »

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3 January 2009 | by (Ghaziabad, India) – See all my reviews

Well, Very Few Christmas Movies touches your heart immensely as Prancer do!It really captures the spirit of the Christmas, and shows that not every one have that perfect happy Christmas as they show in many movies! Life may seem & is lonely for many people, even on Christmas, but then Christmas always is magical, and if you believe in it with your heart, Christmas never remains the same, but it becomes more special than ever. This Movie has some marvelous performances by Rebecca Harrell & Sam Eliott, and makes the movie a great watch with the Family, especially on Christmas! Watch it, you wont be Disappointed!

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