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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983)

A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars.


George Schaefer


Barbara Robinson (novel), Barbara Robinson (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Swit ... Grace Bradley
Jackson Davies Jackson Davies ... Bob Bradley
Antony Holland ... Rev. Hopkins (as Anthony Holland)
David Alexander David Alexander ... Charlie Bradley
Fairuza Balk ... Beth Bradley
Ocean Hellman Ocean Hellman ... Alice
Janet Wright ... Helen Armstrong
Teri Dean Teri Dean ... Gladys Herdman
Beau Heaton Beau Heaton ... Claude Herdman
Megan Hunt Megan Hunt ... Imogene Herdman
Jason Michas ... Leroy Herdman (as Jason Micus)
Shane Punt Shane Punt ... Ollie Herdman
Glen Reid Glen Reid ... Ralph Herdman
Lynne Gorman ... Mrs. Clausing (as Lynn Gorman)
Anna Hagan ... Mrs. Clark


A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Family


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Acting debut of Fairuza Balk. See more »


When Grace checks the sanctuary to see if people are filling it, Mrs. Clausing can be seen in the center of the shot in a brown blouse, waiting for the pageant to begin. A few shots after this she is greeted by the minister as she enters the sanctuary, with coat on, just ahead of Mrs. Herdman. See more »


Hobie: I don't know what shepherds wear.
Charlie Bradley: You have to wear your father's robe. That's what I have to do.
Hobie: He doesn't have a robe.
Charlie Bradley: What does he hang around the house in?
Hobie: His underwear.
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30 November 2006 | by misizzlem2See all my reviews

Wow. This show is amazing. Just recently, I watched it in my theater arts class and I was astonished on how great it was. My friend and I even cried, it was that touching. My school is doing this play for Christmas and I've had such a great time working with them and doing this play. The characters seem so real, it's amazing. The show is so touching, with a slight hint of hilarious. It has so many funny lines in it. It's really one of my favorites now. It's such a funny show, you definitely have to see it if you haven't. It draws you in right away and you can't stop watching it. Once you watch it, you'll be glad you did. It will definitely make you remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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5 December 1983 (USA) See more »

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