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It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989)

Feeling unneeded, a disillusioned Santa Claus (Charles Durning) quits Christmas. Through the selflessness of a little girl looking to reunite her parents for Christmas (and the help of his ... See full summary »

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Burt Brinckerhoff

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Stanley Isaacs (story), Golda David (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beverly Rowland Beverly Rowland ... Mrs. Claus
Charles Durning ... Santa
Risa Schiffman Risa Schiffman ... Jennifer Baxter
Annette Marin Annette Marin ... Laura Baxter
Wayne Osmond Wayne Osmond ... Jeff Baxter
Tip Boxell Tip Boxell ... Jeff's Boss
M.J. Bench M.J. Bench ... Stubby
Dottie Bench Dottie Bench ... Roly Poly
Debbie Christensen Debbie Christensen ... Muffin
Kenneth Kunz Kenneth Kunz ... Trouper
Bruce Vilanch ... Philpot
Star Herrmann Star Herrmann ... Mother (as Star Roman)
Brett Webb Brett Webb ... Son
Gary Barnes Gary Barnes ... Father
Paul Grace Paul Grace ... Mugger
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Storyline

Feeling unneeded, a disillusioned Santa Claus (Charles Durning) quits Christmas. Through the selflessness of a little girl looking to reunite her parents for Christmas (and the help of his bumbling chief elf, Philpot (Bruce Vilanch), Santa and the child travel across America and Santa discovers that people really do need him and care about other people. Written by Alan Jay Glueckman <alanjay44@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1989 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nearly Wasn't Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Osmond Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The shopping mall where Wayne Osmond's character performs is actually in Utah. See more »

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Excellent - wonderful feel good movie
12 August 2007 | by temsrSee all my reviews

I feel this movie will leave you with the feeling so many have lost over the years - love and a feeling of goodness. This movie tries to point out the missing elements not just in Christmas but in our everyday lives. Stop and take the time to actually watch and listen to this movie not just with your eyes but with your heart. Beverly Rowland was perfect as Mrs. Claus and Charles Durning was superb in his portrayal of a saddened Santa. Risa Schiffman; Annette Marin; Wayne Osmond all did wonderful jobs acting. My favorite though would have to have been Philpot - what a delightful character and one that displays a little of each of us.


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