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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.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Swit ... Grace Bradley
Jackson Davies Jackson Davies ... Bob Bradley
Anthony Holland ... Rev. Hopkins
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 Micus Jason Micus ... Leroy Herdman
Shane Punt Shane Punt ... Ollie Herdman
Glen Reid Glen Reid ... Ralph Herdman
Lynne Gorman ... Mrs. Clausing (as Lynn Gorman)
Anna Hagan ... Mrs. Clark
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1983 (USA) See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Acting debut of Fairuza Balk. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Beth Bradley: [to the camera about the Herdman's visit to church] Before the service was over, they cleaned out the collection plates, scribbled on the bibles, and stuck gum all over the pews.
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Thoughts of a 66 year old mother of six, grandmother of three.
20 December 1999 | by shirleybSee all my reviews

Such a wonderful story it's a shame that it isn't being aired anymore. Why not? I was a teacher's assistant in an elementary library for several years and I know many teachers keep this story alive, I don't know why the networks haven't.


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