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Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG  |   |  Family, Fantasy  |  18 November 1994 (USA)
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A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.


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C.F. Cole
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Woman in Christmas Shop
Greg Noonan ...
Cmdr. Coulson


A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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18 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Milagro en la calle 34  »

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Opening Weekend:

£2,103,959 (UK) (9 December 1994)


£6,604,230 (UK) (20 January 1995)

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1.85 : 1
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In its original theatrical release, 20th Century Fox offered a full refund to any viewer who didn't enjoy the film. Approximately 1500 tickets were returned to the studio. See more »


When Jack and Alberta have dropped Kris off at the old folks' home and Jack is returning to the limousine, you can see Alberta's crossed legs through the open door. When Jack enters the car, however, Alberta's legs are completely covered by her overcoat. See more »


[first lines]
Grandson: Ask him. Ask him. Look at him, Grandpa. Ask him.
Judge Henry Harper: Uh, I'm sorry. He, uh he thinks you're Santa Claus.
[Kris Kringle and Judge Harper laugh]
Kris Kringle: [quietly to Harper's grandson] I am.
[to Harper]
Kris Kringle: Merry Christmas.
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51 year old guy bawls his eyes out, as usual
19 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't see why a retelling of a really good story gets panned. It stayed true to the original concept, that believing in something good, even if it only comes once a year, can make us better. If I may reference another Christmas classic of which there have been several worthy interpretations, "Scrooge" (1951), the young Scrooge says to the young Marley upon their meeting, "I believe the world is becoming a very hard and cruel place...". If it was that way in the 1800's, it's ten times worse today, and therefore all the more reason to be reminded of our better nature. I especially enjoyed the scene where the streets of New York City were filled with throngs of people, traffic on the bridges was stopped, all waiting for the verdict. I know NYC well, and how its people rise to such occasions. These scenes were not in the 1947 version, and I think they added a uniqueness to this version. Better, worse than the 1947 version? Neither - just different, and just as valid.

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