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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.

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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 »


Ralph Herdman: What did she says the play is called?
Leroy Herdman: "Christmas Pageant."
Ollie Herdman: That's no name. That's what it is.
Gladys Herdman: I know a name. I'd call it "Revenge at Bethlehem."
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one of the best ever
16 December 2005 | by laurajaykaySee all my reviews

This movie should be shown on TV every year. It tells the true meaning of Christmas. It was funny in parts and touching in others. I only saw it on TV once or twice. I found a copy at the library and watched it with my daughter and her friend (age 10).They both loved it.

I thought the characters acted very realistically. The children were neither too cute and sweet nor too smart mouthed. In fact none of the children were smart mouthed or talked back. The characters consisted of people we all know. The dresses that the girls wore were very pretty and cute. It was nice to see girls wearing dresses instead of old jeans to church.

I can't say much more without giving too much away. This is a great movie and suitable for all ages. If you can't find it in the video store try your local library.

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