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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

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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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:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

All the neighborhood children recruited to help 'Santa' with recovering his loot are referred to by their real life names on screen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Elf (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
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Traditional
Performed by Edward Asner
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"A dog rang the doorbell!"
29 November 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Convicted con artist Ed Asner escapes from prison dressed as Santa Claus. He hides out in the basement of an apartment building where two kids live who believe he's the real Santa. He uses them to help recover some money he hid before he went to prison. As he spends time with the kids and their friends, he softens and slowly starts to understand the true meaning of Christmas.

Ed Asner is gruff but likable. That pretty much sums up his career. The kids are good, particularly the adorable little blonde girl. Rene Auberjonois is the obligatory Scrooge character. Fred Gwynne's the cop on the case. He's always fun. Susan Tyrrell has one great scene but I wish she was in it more. I'm not entirely sure why Asner's character didn't immediately shave and find a change of clothes to help evade capture but I guess we wouldn't have had a movie then. And how about that prison? They have the dumbest guards imaginable. Dude just literally walked up to the door and asked to be let out. Still, it's a good TV movie with nice humor and sentimental touches. Corny at times but appropriately so. Gets better as it goes along so stick with it.


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