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Writer (WGA):
Greg Taylor (written by)
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Release Date:
17 November 1989 (USA) See more »
They lost the true spirit of Christmas...And found it locked in the heart of one little girl. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An integral part of our Christmas See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sam Elliott ... John Riggs

Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. McFarland

Rutanya Alda ... Aunt Sarah

Abe Vigoda ... Orel Benton

Michael Constantine ... Mr. Stewart / Santa

Rebecca Harrell Tickell ... Jessica Riggs
John Duda ... Steve Riggs (as John Joseph Duda)

Ariana Richards ... Carol Wetherby

Mark Rolston ... Herb Drier

Johnny Galecki ... Billy Quinn
Walter Charles ... Minister
Victor Truro ... Mr. Young
Marcia Porter ... Mrs. Fairburn

Loren Janes ... Mr. Soot
Robert Zimmermann ... Wagnall
Shirley Starnes ... Mrs. Hofsetter
Michael Luciano ... Bert

Jesse Bradford ... Boy #1
Eric Sardeson ... Boy #2
Joseph Morano ... Boy with Santa
Belinda Bremner ... Miss Bedelia
Terry Jayjack ... Mrs. Wetherby
Steven Pressler ... Hank
Dale Balsbaugh ... Mr. Wood
Sandra Olson ... Town Woman
Dan Atherton ... Town Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Porter ... (uncredited)
Bethany Richards ... (uncredited)

Directed by
John D. Hancock  (as John Hancock)
Writing credits
Greg Taylor (written by)

Produced by
Raffaella De Laurentiis .... producer
Hester Hargett .... associate producer
Mike Petzold .... co-producer
Greg Taylor .... co-producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Misha Suslov (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dennis M. O'Connor  (as Dennis O'Connor)
John Rosenberg 
Casting by
Susan Willett 
Production Design by
Chester Kaczenski 
Art Direction by
Marc Dabe 
Set Decoration by
Judi Sandin 
Costume Design by
Denny Burt 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... makeup designer
Kelly Jefferson .... makeup artist (as Kelley Gore)
Michael White .... hair stylist
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... production manager
Andrew G. La Marca .... production supervisor (as Andrew La Marca)
Richard McWhorter .... production manager
David Pauker .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald P.H. Eaton .... first assistant director
Buzz Feitshans IV .... second unit director
Ian Woolf .... second assistant director
Barry Fitzsimmons .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Duane Arndt .... art department production assistant
Jim Brinson .... construction coordinator
Alan Hale Jr. .... lead carpenter
Tim Hanson .... draftsman (as Timothy Hanson)
Ian Hardy .... leadman (as Ian John Hardy)
Todd Hatfield .... stand-by painter
Wendy Jo Martin .... scenic artist
Mark McCarthy .... swing gang
Janice Meloy .... scenic artist
Michael Morningstar .... swing gang
Mark Newton .... scenic artist
Tim Pope .... assistant property master
Naomi Slodki .... on-set dresser
David Stonestreet .... construction foreman
Anthony C. Thorpe .... property master (as Anthony Thorpe)
Mark S. Turner .... scenic artist (as Mark Turner)
Thomas P. Wilkins .... set designer
Jessica McDonald .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Greg Neff .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound editor (as Chris Assells)
Charles R. Beith Jr. .... sound editor (as Charles R. Beith)
George Bell .... assistant sound editor
Peter DeLesDernier .... cable person (as Peter De Les Dernier)
Mark Friedgen .... sound editor
Dave Gordon .... assistant sound editor (as David Gordon)
G. Michael Graham .... sound editor
David Halbert .... boom operator
Kristi Johns .... supervising adr editor
A. David Marshall .... sound editor
Paul Massey .... re-recording mixer
Dave McMoyler .... supervising sound editor (as David McMoyler)
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Patricia Nedd .... foley artist (as Patsy Nedd)
Andy Nelson .... re-recording mixer
James Thornton .... sound mixer
Rusty Tinsley .... sound editor
Scott A. Tinsley .... sound editor (as Scott Tinsley)
Don White .... re-recording mixer
Marty Church .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Nancy Parker .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John K. Brunner .... special effects operator (as John D.K. Brunner)
Mike Menzel .... special effects coordinator
J. Edward Talley .... special effects operator
Robert G. Willard .... special effects foreman
A.J. Workman .... special effects operator (as Andrew Workman)
Dan Frye .... animatronic prancer crew (uncredited)
Dan Frye .... effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Craig Barron .... special visual effects supervisor: Matte World
Donald Bowman .... model maker
Krystyna Demkowicz .... production manager: Matte World
Patrick Loungway .... matte camera assistant: Matte World
Barry Nolan .... miniature photography supervisor (as Barry A. Nolan)
Michael Pangrazio .... matte artist supervisor: Matte World
Michael Talarico .... visual effects camera assistant (uncredited)
Linda Arvidson .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunt coordinator
R.L. Tolbert .... stunts
Kay Whipple .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Bartsch .... grip
Logan R. Berkshire .... best boy grip (as Logan Berkshire)
Frank Caslin .... electrician (as Frank Caslin III)
Lynn Dodson .... best boy (as L.D. Dodson)
Rusty Edmonson .... electrician
Rick Fee .... first assistant camera
Buzz Feitshans IV .... director of photography: reindeer unit
Ed Giovanni .... first assistant camera
Rufus Granger Jr. .... grip
Rocco Lombardi .... generator operator
Daniel Cary McCrystal .... assistant camera: reindeer unit
Scott Miller .... grip
Gerry O'Malley .... second assistant camera
Thomas Pielemeier .... grip
Gene Poole .... key grip
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Dennis Rice .... electrician
Mark Lawson Shepard .... still photographer
Eugene D. Shlugleit .... camera operator (as Eugene Shlugleit)
Salvatore Totino .... second assistant camera
John Verardi .... first assistant camera
Dan Zarlengo .... gaffer
Tom Countryman .... camera car operator (uncredited)
Don Varda .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Craig Campobasso .... casting: Los Angeles
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Irene Stockton .... casting assistant (as Irene Schaeffer-Stockton)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kaye Nottbusch .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Scott Brock .... first assistant film editor
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Christopher S. Capp .... apprentice editor: film
Amy E. Duddleston .... apprentice editor: film
Greg Hayden .... assistant film editor
Jack Hofstra .... additional film editor
Gilberto Costa Nunes .... assistant film editor (as Gilberto Costa-Nunes)
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Location Management
James J. Klekowski .... location manager
Music Department
Michael Boddicker .... musician: electronics
Dan Carlin Sr. .... supervising music editor
Patricia Carlin .... assistant music editor
Gloria Cheng .... musician: piano solo
Ralph Grierson .... musician: electronics
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Leslie Morris .... music contractor
Shawn Murphy .... music mixer
Katherine Quittner .... associate music editor
Nyle Steiner .... musician: electronics
Frank Welker .... special vocal effects
Sylvia Woods .... musician: celtic harp
Carl Zittrer .... additional music editor
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dan Gearhart .... transportation coordinator
Alvin Hurd .... transportation captain (as Alvin D. Hurd)
Other crew
Patricia J. Amaral .... assistant production accountant
Bobby Baldwin .... animal trainer
Joseph Bogadanovic Jr. .... office production assistant (as Joe Bogdanovic Jr.)
Dru Anne Carlson .... script supervisor (as Druanne Carlson)
Ronda Carr .... on-set paramedic
William Estep .... animal trainer
Tom Gray .... publicist
Jack W. Haddox .... production accountant
Angela Lewis .... assistant: Mr. Hancock
David Meeks .... head animal trainer
Joshua Ravetch .... assistant: Mr. Hancock
Rob Risner .... office production assistant
Patrick Russ .... assistant: Maurice Jarre
Jerry Scroggins Jr. .... set production assistant
Tim Seager .... animal trainer (as Tim Seegars)
Jona Swanson .... production secretary
Sheila A. Warner .... production coordinator (as Sheila Warner)
Robin Holm .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Bridgette Kelley .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Denmark:7 (2003) | Iceland:L | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | UK:U | USA:G (No. 29989) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The main street in the movie is a street over from the main street in LaPorte, IN, where the lumber yard was located.See more »
Continuity: While Jessica and Steve are at church with Aunt Sarah, John's at home reading the paper. We see Prancer walk past one window behind John and then one on the other side of the room. It starts to snow but at different times, there's snow falling outside one window but then no snow and sunnier outside the other.See more »
Jessica Riggs:He's *magical*, Carol!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) (TV)See more »


Why didn't Prancer fly away when Jessica opened the top of his cage?
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An integral part of our Christmas, 8 December 2002
Author: BookPoet from California

This film proves that there are still unspoiled hearts left on Planet Earth. Those who find it sappy or irrelevant have spent too much time wearing Grinch suits and need a good dose of humanity to thaw that hard matter in their chests that passes for a heart.

The child actors are the heart of _Prancer_. They are real, never overacting or coming off as children playing at making a film. Sam Elliot is the epitome of the overstressed, depressed man who has lost his wife and despairs of losing everything else too. His transformation is believable and worthy of the time spent to watch his character unfold. Cloris Leachman is a delight as the female Scrooge who is touched by two children--Jessica who reintroduces her to the joy of Christmas, and a little boy in church who reintroduces her to the joy of human fellowship.

Above all, this is a story of transition. The earnest child must move forward to knowledge, and the jaded grownup must move back to mystery and faith. If your Christmas is too much take and not enough give, I prescribe hot chocolate, hot buttered popcorn, and a viewing of Prancer with people you love. Better yet, do as we have and make this movie part of your personal holiday tradition. It might help make you a better person the rest of the year.

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