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Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1991)

While newspaper writer Church struggles with the death of his wife, he receives a "special" assignment. He must answer a little girl's question about whether Santa Claus really exists. ... See full summary »

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James O'Hanlan
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Edward P. Mitchell
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Massimo Bonetti ...
Donelli
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Evie O'Hanlan
Colleen Winton ...
Andrea Borland
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Virginia O'Hanlon (as Katherine Isobel)
Shawn Macdonald ...
Teddy O'Hanlan (as Shawn MacDonald)
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Goss
Lillian Carlson ...
Mrs. Goldstein
Virginia Bagnato ...
Maria
John Kirkconnell ...
Sean O'Hanlan
Kerry Sandomirsky ...
Celeste
William Samples ...
Mr. Schuller
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While newspaper writer Church struggles with the death of his wife, he receives a "special" assignment. He must answer a little girl's question about whether Santa Claus really exists. Based on a true story. Written by Anthony Brock

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8 December 1991 (USA)  »

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The real Francis P. Church only married after the publication of the "Yes, Virginia" letter in 1897, and had no children. See more »

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Referenced in Night Court: Party Girl: Part 1 (1992) See more »

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A classic film, with a great message
21 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this is a made for TV film with some of the production weaknesses that are typical of films made for television, nonetheless this is a classic Christmas movie in a class with "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th St.", primarily for it's ability to make the viewer cry with joy, even with repeated viewings.

Like the movies above, not all the characters are happy due to the difficult circumstances of their lives. The primary characters are struggling with despair. Like "It's a Wonderful Life", the lead characters are brought back from the brink through belief in something larger than themselves: The spirit of Christmas and the Hope that it brings to all of us.

I wish it would be released commercially at some point so that it could gain a larger audience. Contains great performances by Richard Thomas and Charles Bronson. Lou Asner is at his typical crusty best as the soft-hearted news boss.


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