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It Nearly Wasn't Christmas ()


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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 more »

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Beverly Rowland ...
Mrs. Claus
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Santa
Risa Schiffman ...
Jennifer Baxter
Annette Marin ...
Laura Baxter
Wayne Osmond ...
Jeff Baxter
Tip Boxell ...
Jeff's Boss
M.J. Bench ...
Stubby
Dottie Bench ...
Roly Poly
Debbie Christensen ...
Muffin
Kenneth Kunz ...
Trouper
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Philpot
Star Herrmann ...
Mother (as Star Roman)
Brett Webb ...
Son
Gary Barnes ...
Father
Paul Grace ...
Mugger
Alan Nash ...
Ticket Clerk
Jason Ball ...
Bus Driver
John Daryl ...
Cop - Chicago
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Napoleon
Lila Levar ...
Ticket Purchaser 1
Anne Taylor Meyers ...
Ticket Purchaser 2
Leonard James ...
Cop - Denver
Michael Picardi ...
Sergeant Devlin
Michael Ruud ...
J. Prescott Hewes
Bill Lawrence ...
Father John
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Desk Sergeant
Stephen Blosil ...
Brian Jessup
Ryan Webb ...
Ryan Jessup
J. Omar Hansen ...
Clyde Jessup
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Banker
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Mary Jessup
Michael D. Weatherred ...
Norbert Castleberry
Ivan Crosland ...
Limo Driver
Jeffrey Hubrich ...
Andy Woodford
Marvin Payne ...
Mr. Woodford
Shannon Engelmann ...
Receptionist
Ryan Healey ...
Boy in Crowd
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jesse Bennett ...
Mr. Bannings
Dave Blackwell ...
Doctor
Chris Joynt ...
Kid on shoulders (uncredited)

Directed by

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Burt Brinckerhoff

Written by

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Stanley Isaacs ... (story) &
Golda David ... (story) &
Alan Jay Glueckman ... (story)
 
Golda David ... (teleplay) &
Alan Jay Glueckman ... (teleplay)

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Jon D. Ackelson ... producer (as Jon Ackelson)
Harvey Bibicoff ... co-executive producer
Golda David ... co-producer
Alan Jay Glueckman ... co-producer
Irwin Meyer ... executive producer
James A. Osmond ... executive producer / supervising producer
Rodney Sheldon ... executive producer

Music by

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Kurt Bestor

Cinematography by

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Gordon Lonsdale

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Kelly Peacock
Pat D. Smart
Howard Taksen
Tim Tommasino

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Greg T. Moon ... key makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Chris Cobb ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Pat Heltman ... boom operator
Dave Howe ... audio
Palmer Pattison ... sound mixer
Larry Thomson ... sound
Les Udy ... sound mixer

Stunts

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Brian Christensen ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Robin Wiltshire ... sleigh race stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mark Allen ... second assistant camera
Bruce Bain ... video tape operator
Doug Bebout ... video tape operator
Carl Gundestrup ... electrician
Gordon Huston ... second second assistant camera
Blane Jensen ... grip
David R. Kohn ... grip
Kelly Mecham ... electrician
Tyler Meiners ... electrician
Laird Roberts ... electrician
David Stoddard ... best boy
Tom Streich ... key grip
Ray A. Versluys ... grip
Brian Wilcox ... first assistant camera
W. Grant Williams ... gaffer
Lee Zurligen ... video tape operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lindey L. Crow ... wardrobe assistant

Other crew

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Terry Chupak ... assistant: James Osmond
Fred Crane ... wrangler
Sondra Latham ... assistant production coordinator
Darlington Osobase ... stand-in
Arrahwanna Thomsen ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The Nearly Wasn't Christmas (United States)
  • La mission secrète du Père Noël (France)
  • Jultomten strejkar (Sweden)
  • Niezwykla podróz swietego Mikolaja (Poland)
  • Quando Papai Noel Salvou o Natal (Brazil)
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  • 100 min
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Trivia The shopping mall where Wayne Osmond's character performs is actually in Utah. See more »

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