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A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.

Director:

John D. Hancock (as John Hancock)

Writer:

Greg Taylor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Elliott ... John Riggs
Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. McFarland
Rutanya Alda ... Aunt Sarah
Abe Vigoda ... Orel Benton
Michael Constantine ... Mr. Stewart / Santa
Rebecca Harrell Tickell ... Jessica Riggs
John Duda John Duda ... Steve Riggs (as John Joseph Duda)
Ariana Richards ... Carol Wetherby
Mark Rolston ... Herb Drier
Johnny Galecki ... Billy Quinn
Walter Charles Walter Charles ... Minister
Victor Truro Victor Truro ... Mr. Young
Marcia Porter Marcia Porter ... Mrs. Fairburn
Loren Janes ... Mr. Soot
Robert Zimmermann Robert Zimmermann ... Wagnall
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Storyline

Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. She hides him in her barn and feeds him cookies, until she can return him to Santa. Her father finds him and decides to sell him to the butcher, not for venison chops, but as an advertising display. Written by <Vertigus@aol.com>

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Something magical is about to happen. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jessica und das Rentier See more »

Filming Locations:

New Carlisle, Indiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,914,486, 19 November 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,587,135
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The holiday and reindeer aside, this story bears a strong resemblance to that of Pollyanna (1960). See more »

Goofs

The reindeer playing Prancer is clearly female, even though she is referred to as "he" in the film. Both male and female reindeer have antlers, though a female's are smaller and daintier than a male's. See more »

Quotes

John Riggs: [to Steve at the dinner table] If you're gonna eat like an animal, take your food out to the barn.
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Referenced in New Girl: Kryptonite (2011) See more »

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A good holiday film!
27 November 2001 | by jellyneckrSee all my reviews

While not without a couple of problems [like pacing], PRANCER is one of the better family/holiday movies I've seen. I didn't see this until after I saw PRANCER RETURNS about a week ago on cable. After PRANCER RETURNS [the sequel to this] was over, I went to the video store and rented this. Now while this one seemed to have a lower budget than PRANCER RETURNS, it still is just as well-acted and heartwarming [if not even more so]. Most holiday movies tend to show the holidays as times where everything is perfect, but this one shows that the holidays aren't as perfect as we'd like them to be. It's able to capture the ups and downs of the holidays while keeping everything pretty close to reality. Though I really enjoyed the film, CHRISTMAS VACATION remains to be my favorite holiday flick.


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