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Prancer (1989)

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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Aunt Sarah
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Steve Riggs (as John Joseph Duda)
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Herb Drier
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Billy Quinn
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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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They lost the true spirit of Christmas...And found it locked in the heart of one little girl. See more »

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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G | See all certifications »

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17 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Jessica und das Rentier  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,914,486, 19 November 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,587,135
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The scene is set in a snowy, cold down in the late fall/early winter. Yet breath from the cold can never be seen emerging from the characters. 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 holiday movie
20 December 2000 | by 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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