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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reindeer | christmas | farm | barn | girl | See All (50) »

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A Christmas adventure for the whole family. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Ariana Richards auditioned to play Jessica, but director John D. Hancock had her cast as Carol instead. See more »

Goofs

From the "non-splintery" broken edges of the smashed deer-statue, it is clear that the statues are plastic, yet Carol states that they are made of wood. See more »

Quotes

Jessica Riggs: He's magical, Carol!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/k.d. lang (1989) See more »

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Sincere and heartwarming Christmas movie...
30 January 2007 | by gloomyrivalSee all my reviews

This is one of the best contemporary Christmas movies made. A very sincere and sweet movie, but one that won't give you tooth decay. Rebecca Harrell gives one of the most believable and intelligent performances as a young girl who nurses an injured reindeer back to health and holds the belief that the reindeer is indeed Prancer. Sam Elliot gives a strong performance as the girl's apple farmer father who has fallen on hard times and is trying to raise his kids without a mother. The rural scenery of this film is beautiful of the farms and woodlands and gives the film a real feeling of Christmas. A very simple plot fuels the movie, but it grows surprisingly darker and deeper as the film progresses and will be tugging at your heart strings by it's conclusion. Highly recommended viewing for kids and adults and all believers of Santa Claus.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prancer 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

Gross USA:

$18,587,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,587,135
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Dolby SR

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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