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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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Cast

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Aunt Sarah
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Mr. Stewart / Santa
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John Duda ...
Steve Riggs (as John Joseph Duda)
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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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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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Something magical is about to happen. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

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G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prancer was filmed in Three Oaks, MI. See more »

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) When she is telling her story about the play to her dad who is trimming apple trees, there is a shot of Jessica with an apple in the lower right hand corner of the screen. The apple is not attached to the tree by the stem; it's clearly tied to the branch. 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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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) See more »

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Sincere and heartwarming Christmas movie...
30 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best contemporary Christmas movies made. A very sincere and sweet movie, but one that won't give you tooth decay. Rebecca Harrell gives one of the most believable and intelligent performances as a young girl who nurses an injured reindeer back to health and holds the belief that the reindeer is indeed Prancer. Sam Elliot gives a strong performance as the girl's apple farmer father who has fallen on hard times and is trying to raise his kids without a mother. The rural scenery of this film is beautiful of the farms and woodlands and gives the film a real feeling of Christmas. A very simple plot fuels the movie, but it grows surprisingly darker and deeper as the film progresses and will be tugging at your heart strings by it's conclusion. Highly recommended viewing for kids and adults and all believers of Santa Claus.


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