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Writers (WGA):
Robert Sullivan (book) &
Glenn Wolff (book) ...
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Release Date:
15 December 2004 (UK) See more »
If you saw the proof... would you believe it?
In this magical story, a scientist sets out to prove that reindeer can fly and along the way discovers the true meaning of faith, family and Christmas. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Thomas ... Jerry McNeil

Beau Bridges ... Nick

Maria Pitillo ... Debbie McNeil

Jan Rubes ... Andree

John Franklin ... Morluv

Debbie Lee Carrington ... Gorah

Taylor Anne Reid ... Grace McNeill

Meghan Black ... Katra

James Kirk ... Nicky

Barbara Tyson ... Sasha
Ken Pogue ... Dr Norman Ferguson

Blu Mankuma ... Haskins

Ed Gale ... Kevin

Ona Grauer ... Ms. Isakson

Simon Longmore ... Martini

Reg Tupper ... Police Officer
Gerry Nairn ... Pilot

Jonathan Hill ... Santa's Elf
Rick Poltaruk ... Store Santa

Emy Aneke ... Mr Kendall

Samuel Patrick Chu ... Boy on monitor (as Samuel Chu)
Joy Coghill ... Old woman

Cameron Bright ... Young Jerry (as Cameron Crigger)
Riley Demeyer ... Child #5
Pamela Fu ... Child #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kaitlyn Kinney ... Twin #2
Kirsten Kinney ... Twin #1
Nina Markovich ... Child #2

Directed by
Ian Barry 
Writing credits
Robert Sullivan (book "Flight of the Reindeer") &
Glenn Wolff (book "Flight of the Reindeer") &
J. Porter (book "Flight of the Reindeer")

Bruce Graham (teleplay)

Produced by
Bert Stratford .... executive producer
Ric Zivic .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Frank Tidy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael S. Murphy 
Casting by
Patrick Baca 
Robin Nassif 
Production Design by
David Fischer 
Art Direction by
John Alvarez 
Costume Design by
Monique Prudhomme 
Makeup Department
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker
Production Management
Robert P. Cohen .... production manager
James Perenseff .... unit manager (as James J. Perenseff)
Tim Sereda .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rodney Allen Hooks .... first assistant director (as Rodney Hooks)
Karen N. Horwitz .... second assistant director (as Karen Horwitz)
Art Department
Tom Baleshta .... assistant property master
Tim Dagley .... on-set dresser
Shannon Gottlieb .... assistant set decorator
Frank Haddad .... head greensman
Jill Roberts .... illustrator
Tony Wohlgemuth .... draftsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wendy Czajkowsky .... dialogue editor
Perry Leigh Fifield .... sound re-recording mixer (as Perry-Leigh Fyfield)
Randy Kiss .... sound re-recording mixer
Carmen Lavender .... sound assistant (as Carmen Verin)
Alan Perkins .... dialogue editor
Roger Stafeckis .... sound mixer
Geoff Turner .... supervising sound editor
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Comer .... special effects coordinator
Dan Keeler .... special effects first assistant
Visual Effects by
Loren Bivens .... animator: Los Angeles
Deane Boeka .... animator: Los Angeles
Avi Das .... animator: Los Angeles
Chris DeCristo .... animator: Los Angeles
Mark Doering-Powell .... visual effects director of photography
Lori Freitag-Hild .... animator: Los Angeles
George Garcia .... animator: Los Angeles
Nicki Kreitzman .... animator: Los Angeles
Ben Masek .... animator: Los Angeles
Scott Snyder .... animator: Los Angeles
Craig Weiss .... visual effects supervisor: Los Angeles
Niel Wray .... animator: Los Angeles
Lou Bollo .... stunt coordinator
Charles Croughwell .... stunt coordinator (as Charlie Croughwell)
Ransom Gates .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Allen .... key grip
Terry Calhoun .... best boy
Stephen Jackson .... chief lighting technician (as Steve Jackson)
Gilbert Jamault .... generator operator
Chris Large .... still photographer
Chris McMullin .... Steadicam operator
Chris McMullin .... camera operator: "a" camera
Lance White .... video playback operator
Geoffrey D. Knoller .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Annette McCaffrey .... extras casting
Tami Nasu .... casting associate: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Cairns .... cutter
Lise Hache .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Robb Watson .... first assistant editor (as Robb A. Watson)
Transportation Department
Ray Evans .... unit driver
Steve Zsapka .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kevin Bolton .... production assistant
Roberta Cenedese .... production coordinator
Reva Clavier .... production accountant
Ian Doig .... animal trainer: wild animals
Nathan Lomax .... production assistant
Nicholas Podbrey .... lead puppeteer
Jon-Michael Preece .... script supervisor
Mick Rochon .... trainee assistant location manager
Peter Stewart .... location manager
Alison Waxman .... production associate

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Flight of the Reindeer" - International (English title), UK
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely WONDERFUL Christmas story, 23 September 2001
Author: Jim Menke from Buffalo, NY

"Christmas Secret" was one of the most delightful Christmas specials aired on television for the 2000 holiday season. It is a production that the whole family can really enjoy and will please anyone except a confirmed Scrooge.

Without giving away too much of the plot, a college professor is given a book showing that reindeer can really fly. He sets out to discover if this is actually true. He ends up at Santa's workshop and becomes involved in a number of delightful situations.

Richard Thomas is wonderful as the professor grounding the fantasy elements in reality with his performance. Beau Bridges may seem to be an unusual choice for Santa, but as the story unfolds, he proves to be exactly right. Each of the characters fits their role like the proverbial glove.

CBS offered the production on tape during the telecast and I could not wait for mine to arrive. I have watched it numerous times during the year and find it more enjoyable with each viewing. There are wonderful sequences for children and many humorous ones for adults. It is a film for the entire family. I only wish it was also available on DVD. Currently it is only available directly from CBS.

For a delightful, magical holiday production, "Christmas Secret" really fills the bill.

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