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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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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarodziejskie Boze Narodzenie See more »

Filming Locations:

Collingwood, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,662,241, 24 November 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,677,222
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Sarah Polley 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,...
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Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Stop! In The Name of Love
Words and Music by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
Jobete Music Company, Inc.
Performed by Vivian Williams, Yvonne Murray and Bobbie Lee Davenport
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Great riff on It's a Wonderful Life.
15 December 2004 | by doom_conquers_allSee all my reviews

This is indeed an underrated Christmas classic! I saw this movie as a kid in the theater and my mom was a bit turned off by the disturbing nature of some scenes, but now that I've watched it as an adult, I love all the references to It's a Wonderful Life, and all the dark elements in the film. It's nice to see a holiday film that cuts through the schmaltz. People often label It's a Wonderful Life as being too sentimental and sappy, but seem to overlook the themes of suicide, child abuse, poverty and death that run throughout the film. Things have to hit rock bottom for George Bailey to see the value of his life, as is the case in this film. The sheer darkness of what could be, as shown by the angel Gideon, make Ginny's embracing the Christmas spirit all the more resonant.


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