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Once Upon a Christmas (2000)

Santa is discouraged by a lack of Christmas spirit and wants to quit, but his daughter, Kristin, begs for one more chance to prove to him that there is hope for the world.

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Tibor Takács

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Steven H. Berman (as Steven Berman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Dye ... Bill Morgan
Kathy Ireland ... Kristen Claus
Mary Donnelly-Haskell Mary Donnelly-Haskell ... Rudolfa Claus (as Mary Donnelly Haskell)
Liz Torres ... The Tooth Fairy
Robin Avery Robin Avery ... Sandman
Penny Blake Penny Blake ... Elf #1
Rachelle Carson ... Harley Jones
Douglas Campbell Douglas Campbell ... Santa Claus
André Carthen André Carthen ... Principal Marsh
Michael Gilden ... Dunder
James Kirk ... Kyle Morgan
Grant Linneberg Grant Linneberg ... Coach Zane
Elizabeth Prout Elizabeth Prout ... Mrs. Morgan
Jennifer Prout Jennifer Prout ... Young Brittany
Kirsten Zien ... Brittany Morgan (as Kirsten Prout)
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Widower Bill Morgan took in his loser brother-in-law, Uncle Johnny to his cynical, materially spoiled brats Kyle and Charlene, who never need long to chase each new au-pair screaming, while Bill spends all his time on business and a budding affair with a close, equally workaholic spinster colleague. The kids' misbehavior and disbeliever comments on a 'Santa Smells' website got them struck from the Northpole Christmas gifts list, like so many that Santa refuses to go on and leaves on his and Mrs. Klaus's first Hawaian holiday. Firstborn daughter Rudolfa was waiting to succeed and turn Christmas into a creepy prank festival, but her gentle younger sister Kristen begs a change to save Christmas be redeeming the Morgan family. So she reports as new au-pair, who wins the rascals over, finally helped by Johnny, who fears eviction. However Rudolfa has an evil plan, exploiting Bill refusal to pit up a Christmas tree and a crucial business presentation. Written by KGF Vissers

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Can Santa's daughter turn naughty to nice and save Christmas?


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18 December 2016 (Belgium) See more »

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When Kristen has frozen time, the flames are completely immobile. However, the smoke continues to blow out of the windows. See more »

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Uncle Johnny: Kristen says every day should be like Christmas.
Harley Jones: Oh, what a lovely thought. But when would people work?
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A Sweet Holiday Treat
26 November 2006 | by funky_cherry86See all my reviews

I've been a fan of John Dye, since his performance in Touched By An Angel on TV and when Once Upon A Christmas first premiered on family channel it looked like a charming Christmas movie. Kathy Ireland's role as the younger daughter of Santa Claus was touching and sweet. What can one expect from two talented stars this movie is about the power of having faith again in the Christmas spirit and at an hour and 30 minutes it's enjoyable without being overdone.

Christmas is about to be canceled because there's a majority of children out there who have been more naughty then nice and Santa Claus (Campbell) is deciding to go away on vacation putting his oldest daughter Rudolfa (Haskell) in charge. However his younger daughter Kristen (Ireland) doesn't like that plan one bit, she makes a deal with dad that if one family's name is returned to the "nice list" then Christmas will go on as planned.

But the task is more challenging than ever because the family chosen is the Morgan clan Kyle (Kirk) & his sister Brittany (Prout) are two spoiled brats because their father widower & workaholic Bill (Dye) is always too busy. Then there's Uncle Johnny (Yorke) who is goodhearted but not the ideal guardian. Once she becomes the nanny the two siblings try everything in their power to get rid of her. During a vacation mostly to do with work the car breaks down and they're stranded at an old house in the middle of nowhere. They try to make the most out of this holiday soon everything begins to change not just in the kids but in Bill whose fallen in love Kristen.

When Rudolfa's plans to stop Christmas goes out of control Kristen will make the ultimate decision for the family she loves.

filled with heartwarming moments and romance Once Upon A Christmas is the ideal holiday movie.


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