34 user 19 critic

Prancer (1989)

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.


(as John Hancock)



Watch Now

With Prime Video

2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Aunt Sarah
Mr. Stewart / Santa
John Duda ...
Steve Riggs (as John Joseph Duda)
Herb Drier
Billy Quinn
Walter Charles ...
Victor Truro ...
Mr. Young
Marcia Porter ...
Mrs. Fairburn
Mr. Soot
Robert Zimmermann ...


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Joy. Tears. Drama. Laughter. And a 9-year-old who proves that miracles can still happen. See more »


Drama | Family | Fantasy


G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jessica und das Rentier  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This movie was filmed in Three Oaks, Michigan. See more »


In the final scene, the bells around Prancer's neck disappear and reappear between shots several times. See more »


Jessica Riggs: I don't think all of this is necessary, he's probably used to being around people.
Orel Benton: What am I, an elf?
See more »


Referenced in Good Luck Charlie: Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

My favorite Christmas movie!
12 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

In general, I think Christmas has lost its meaning for most people. Now, the main goal of the holidays seems to be to spend as much money as possible. In the process, people lose sight of the fact that we are celebrating the birth of the Son of God. I try hard not to get too wrapped up in the frenzy of the commercialization of Christmas. So, I try to find ways to make my season peaceful and meaningful. Prancer is one of the joys of the season for me. It's themes about keeping faith in the face of all those who don't believe, love overcoming hard luck, and courageously facing loss as a way of dealing with it are timeless. Rebecca Harrell as Jessica Riggs is the star of this movie, and Sam Elliot couldn't have been cast in a better role. During the holidays, I try to find one evening to build a crackling fire, sip hot chocolate, and settle down to watch Prancer. It has become my favorite Christmas movie, and one of my favorite movies of all time. What makes it even more precious is that it was filmed near my home, in LaPorte, Indiana. The beautiful snowy fields, orchards and woods filmed in the movie are just outside my door! I hope you all enjoy Prancer as much as I do!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 34 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Rent or Buy Popular Movies With Prime Video

Explore popular movies available to rent or buy on Prime Video.

Visit Prime Video to explore more titles