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

Quotes

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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Charming & Sweet
11 December 2000 | by KatharineFanaticSee all my reviews

Christmas has been put on hold! Santa's decided that since the majority of the kids in the world are "Naughty" and not "Nice," he's quitting. Unfortunately, this will leave his nasty elder daughter, Rudolfa, in charge, something for which his sweet younger child, Kristin, dislikes. And so, she makes a deal with pop - if she can return one family's name to the "Nice" list, Christmas is on. Except, this family's not going to be a piece of cake. A workaholic father and two spoiled children who desperately miss their mother, as well as a lay about uncle, make up for a charming and sweet Christmas comedy. Be sure and catch it on TV whenever you can! It's worth it.

The acting's excellent (what else can you expect from Kathy Ireland & John Dye?), the plot's pretty good, and it has some comical moments. The special effects are kind of fake, but that's all right. It doesn't take away too much from the storyline, and will even give you a good chuckle over flying reindeer. Enjoy!


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