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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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A Christmas adventure for the whole family. 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 »


During the hand slapping between Doctor Benton and Jessica, the doctor's gloves disappear then reappear on his hands. See more »


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?
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Dog (1991) See more »

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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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