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One Magic Christmas (1985)

An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

Director:

Phillip Borsos

Writers:

Thomas Meehan (story), Phillip Borsos (story) | 2 more credits »
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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Steenburgen ... Ginny Grainger
Gary Basaraba ... Jack Grainger
Harry Dean Stanton ... Gideon
Arthur Hill ... Caleb Grainger
Elisabeth Harnois ... Abbie Grainger (as Elizabeth Harnois)
Robbie Magwood Robbie Magwood ... Cal Grainger
Michelle Meyrink ... Betty
Elias Koteas ... Eddie
Wayne Robson ... Harry Dickens
Jan Rubes ... Santa Claus
Sarah Polley ... Molly Monaghan
Graham Jarvis ... Frank Crump
Timothy Webber ... Herbie Conklin
Joy Thompson Joy Thompson ... Mrs. Monaghan (as Joy Thompson-Allen)
John Friesen ... Mr. Noonan
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Storyline

Gideon, a Christmas angel, is sent, by Santa, to help Ginny Grainger. Ginny is a cynic, and she hates Christmas. She and her family (husband, Jack and two kids, Cal and Abbie) have fallen on hard times, making it even harder to believe in anything that can't be seen. With help from Abbie, and a trip to see Santa Claus himself, can Gideon find a way to make Ginny believe again? Written by jwhale9382

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A magical film like this only happens once in a lifetime. Now everyone will believe in Santa Claus. See more »

Genres:

Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Elisabeth Harnois costarred with Ted Danson on CSI. Danson is the husband of Mary Steenburgen, who plays Harnois' character's mother in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Santa Claus opens the door to Abbie, from the back her hair is a markedly different color and texture to how it is from the front (and in all subsequent shots). The back shot was obviously filmed with a stand-in wearing a wig. See more »

Quotes

Gideon: Can you keep a secret?
Abbie Grainger: Yeah.
Gideon: Well, uh, I'm an angel. A Christmas angel.
Abbie Grainger: Oh, no, you're not, 'cause my dad told me you can't see angels. They're invisible.
Gideon: Well, they're invisible sometimes, but sometimes they have to show up.
Abbie Grainger: So, what's your name then?
Gideon: Gideon.
Abbie Grainger: Gideon? Was you a good person that died?
Gideon: Good person? Well, I was a cow hand... out, out west. And one Christmas, a long, long time ago, I was riding along the Snake River, and I heard this little... kid, uh, yelling to somebody, and, uh, so I ...
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Is Hollywood Selling War to Kids? (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleigh Ride
Words by Mitchell Parish
Music by Leroy Anderson
Mills Music Inc.
Performed by The Ronettes
Courtesy of Spector International, Inc.
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Underrated Christmas Movie
21 December 2015 | by npvarleySee all my reviews

i'd never heard of this movie until this Christmas (2015). I decided to sit and watch it when I came across it in the TV schedules and it was a pleasant surprise to find a pretty good Christmas movie with a real heart.

I've been a Harry Dean Stanton fan for many years and he turns in a great performance as the angel Gideon in this movie. Far from the conventional angel, he looks almost creepy, in his black hat and long back coat. But when he smiles, he lights up the screen.

The rest of the cast do a very good job, too. Jan Rubes play an great Santa Claus and the kids play their parts very well.

It's well worth a watch if you see it on the TV schedule!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Magic Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Collingwood, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,662,241, 24 November 1985

Gross USA:

$13,677,222

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,677,222
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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