A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in.Written by
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There is a scene in the department store (Cole's) where Mrs. Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) is standing on the second floor looking down at a group of children below. Her hair is pulled back in a low ponytail and she is talking to Mr. Shellhammer. This is a shout out to a scene in Big (1988), in which Elizabeth Perkins also stars. In Big (1988), she is also standing on the second floor with the same hair style looking down at a group of children below talking to Paul (John Heard). See more »
When Santa Claus tells the little girl his name in other countries, he says that in Holland his name is "Sinterklaas", however that is the name of another December holiday figure. In Holland, Santa Claus is referred to as "De Kerstman". "De Kerstman" and "Sinterklaas" act and dress differently, and have their own separate holiday. See more »
A pretty darn awesome remake. It may bring some extra 90's cheese, mostly due to the needlessly dramatic music, and it may be overlong in places, but this certainly works. Attenborough is the only person I could imagine taking over this role. He comes across as a genuinely kind and considerate man, with nothing but kindness in his heart. Like the original, it keeps silent as to whether he is Santa or not. The court scene is particularly funny, with a few fist pumping moments. I'd still pick the original, but if you can't sit your whole family down in front of a black and white film, this certainly doesn't offend the original.
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