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The Christmas Star (1986)

TV-G | | Drama, Family | 14 December 1986 (USA)
A counterfeiter finds the true meaning of the holidays.

Director:

Alan Shapiro

Writers:

Carol Dysinger, Alan Shapiro (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Horace McNickle
Rene Auberjonois ... Sumner
Jim Metzler ... Stuart Jameson
Susan Tyrrell ... Sara
Karen Landry ... Clara Jameson
Alan North ... Captain Whittaker
Philip Bruns ... Lucky
Nicolas Van Burek ... Billy Jameson
Vicki Wauchope Vicki Wauchope ... Trudy Jameson
Zachary Ansley ... John
Fred Gwynne ... Waters
Peter Bibby Peter Bibby ... Jeremy
Lillian Carlson ... Mrs. Thurgood
David Glyn-Jones David Glyn-Jones ... Night Watchman
Anthony Holland ... Old Con
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Storyline

Horace McNickle (Edward Asner) is a two-time felon serving prison time for counterfeiting. On the week before Christmas, he escapes from prison dressed as Santa Claus due to his uncanny resemblance to St. Nick resulting from his long white beard and heavyset features. McNickle hides out from the police in a nearby suburban neighborhood where he is befriended and helped by two local children who think he is the real Santa Claus. McNickle takes advantage of the kids naivety to help him get his counterfeit money hidden somewhere in a local department store while he develops kind-hearted feelings for his two con victims that make him slowly understand the true nature of Christmas. Written by Matthew Patay

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Two kids made a believer out of him.

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Drama | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La estrella de Navidad See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
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Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
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Great movie
9 December 2002 | by thelashesSee all my reviews

Probably one of the most underrated Christmas movies out there. Ed Asner was perfectly cast as a grumpy prisoner, the storyline was a very touching one, and the acting was all-around excellent. Would recommend this to anyone. Only wish I could find a tape or DVD of it somewhere ...


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