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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.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first time Edward Asner 'played' Santa - albeit as a crook masquerading as Santa in order to recover stolen loot. He would go on to play Santa for real in numerous titles such as Elf (2003) and Santa Stole Our Dog: A Merry Doggone Christmas! (2017) as well as several voice portrayals. See more »

Connections

References Whistle Down the Wind (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
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Read the cast list for heaven's sake
17 April 2005 | by MovieMan1975See all my reviews

Yes, a small gem of a Canadian film. Ed Asner is great as usual. I saw it as a little kid (one of my classmates - also once a friend - starred in it. It has been rerun countless of times since and still holds up the test of time. Not a great piece of cinema - but as far a family films and Christmas films go, this is one of the best.

For all the "reviewers" who keep adulating about Barrett Oliver's performance and how he was the best child actor of the 80's - well here is a shocker: Oliver does not star in this film!! He is confused with the talented Nicolas Van Burek. Please get the info straight before you subject us to your opinions...


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