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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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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
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Traditional
Performed by Edward Asner
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Superb dark drama Classic Xmas tear jerker
3 December 2003 | by RoxannetSee all my reviews

What a wonderful little film! I've just seen this on the Family network, and I only wish I'd had the foresight to throw a tape in the VCR, because this film is sadly out of print. I sell rare videos, and if this one ever comes into my paws, I'll be keeping it! Just a wonderful film you'd like your children and grandchildren to see. Ed Asner steps inside and out of his Mary Tyler Moore character,and turns it inside out to create a gruff, loveable Santa. The child actors are suberb, and heartbreakingly beautiful. The bad guy gets 'Scrooged' in the end, in time to brighten everyone's life, and even the dog that get's offed returns in a new and brighter form. This film will make any viewer feel a little better, no matter how jaundiced, and in my cynical case, bring a tear to your eye. Lovely rarity, if you have the chance to see this film, turn off the phone and seep yourself in wonderful acting, a fun story, and a return to the Christmases of Yore!


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