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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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Taglines:

Miracles do happen! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One Magic Christmas was filmed in Meaford, Ontario, Canada. 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

Ginny Hanks Grainger: [to Cal] Don't get jelly on your jacket.
Cal Grainger: Abbie got jelly on her jacket.
Abbie Grainger: I did not, jelly face.
Cal Grainger: One of these days Abbie, to the moon!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Lost In The Stars
Words by Maxwell Anderson
Music by Kurt Weill (as Kurt Wiell)
Chappell & Co., Inc. and Richmond Organization
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This movie is very special to me. It's a part of my childhood. I love it so much.
5 April 2005 | by Amy2081See all my reviews

When One Magic Christmas came out in 1985 on TV, my mom recorded it on to a VHS tape. We had this beat up, bad copy of the movie. You had to turn the volume up all the way in order to hear anything, still this movie was amazing to me. Mary Steenbergen doesn't believe in Christmas or Santa. She is such a scrooge about the season, that not even her kids' excitement could change the way she feels. With an angels' help, her daughter Abby, tries to get her into the spirit. It's full of magic, adventure, enchantment, and many lessons learned. One Magic Christmas is funny, dramatic, and wholesome. It's one of those movies that you truly can watch with your whole family, and everyone will like it. My sister and I loved it so much when we were kids that we used to watch it year round. I love this movie very much. They just recently re-released it on DVD, so now I have a good copy of the movie that has meant so much to me growing up. I still say that it's one of my all time favorite movies!!!!


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