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A Different Kind of Christmas (1996)

When you're the city attorney you don't need the kinds of problems that her father was giving her. After her mother died, her father began doing his "Santa Schick," as she called it, much ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Gates
Frank Mallory
Nathan Lawrence ...
Tommy Gates
Nancy McLoughlin ...
Alan Schaefer
Janell McLeod ...
Keith Flippen ...
Rebecca Koon ...
Troy Simmons ...
Wells Struble ...
John Pontrelli ...
Homeless Father
Kelly Wilson ...
Barry Bell ...


When you're the city attorney you don't need the kinds of problems that her father was giving her. After her mother died, her father began doing his "Santa Schick," as she called it, much more intensely... which meant that he turned his home into a kind of year-round Santa Claus castle where children of all ages could come to see the wonderful presents and no child ever left without a gift. But what's wrong with this kind of philanthropic generosity was that it totally embarrassed her when, as city attorney, it fell to her to make him stop his 'commercial' enterprise in an area zoned for private homes. But there's more to it than that and the outcome is not quite what you'd expect. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Santa Claus - A Neighbor from Heaven or Hell?


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9 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Santa and Me  »

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In the Biography Channel TV-Series, Celebrity Ghost Stories (2008), actress Shelley Long tells a story about a behind-the-scenes haunting experience which occurred at the Wilmington Courthouse in which she filmed at for this movie. See more »

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5 April 2004 | by (EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

I had a delightful surprise when I watched Troop Beverley Hills and this film was a delightful surprise as well. This is not a film classic like Gone with the Wind but for me much more enjoyable to watch. As with many of Shelley Longs films it was full of heart and good intentions. It was nice to see the mayor from Spin City playing the romance interest and he was very good in that role though I would have loved to have seen more of him and Shelley Long on the screen, and Santa was good as well. If you like a film full of violence and sex this is not for you. There were moral issues raised in this film but not heavily and they were helpful and valid as well. I do recommend that you have a hanky with you in the last 10 minutes of the film because I found it a real tear jerker.

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