A lawyer finds himself defending Santa Claus in the biggest trial in history.


Timothy Bond


Tom Amundsen (screenplay), Rickie Castaneda





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Cain ... Michael Sherman
Rachel Blanchard ... Lauren
George Buza ... Kris Kringle
Barry Flatman ... Braxton Bennett
Krista Bridges ... Dina Smiger
Helen Colliander ... Lily Sherman
Dylan Roberts ... Charlie Elfkin
A.C. Peterson ... Judge Stewart (as Alan C. Peterson)
Joe Silvaggio ... Barney Gingerbread
Mike Petersen Mike Petersen ... Dr. Evans
Katie Messina ... Nurse
Carson Durven Carson Durven ... Bailiff
Jessica Booker Jessica Booker ... Cindy Hooking
Dan Abramovici ... Young Man
Amanda Barker ... Receptionist


Evening school-graduated attorney Michael Sherman reluctantly accepts the defense in a weird, press-attracting New York court case against one Kris Kringle, who maintains being the real Santa, whom industrialist Braxton Bennett sues for mental damages incurred by kids who didn't get items from their wish lists. The Elves worry if they can keep the toy factory running as it's low on its magical fuel, Christmas spirit among folks, yet must help out serving magical documents. Bennett's lawyer tries to talk Sherman over, but his Christmas-obsessed daughter Lily and stepmother Lauren counter, so the dirty card is played: documents proving Kris was in a psych ward. Sherman files to be relieved of the case, but is made to reconsider and presents an unusual defense, receiving last minute evidence by chance concerning Bennett's lowly intentions. Written by KGF Vissers

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Miracle on Court Street
22 November 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This updated version of MIRACLE ON THIRTY-FOURTH STREET has Santa facing a class-action suit for disappointing children at Christmas. He hires lawyer Dean Cain, a widower in emotional lockdown over the death of his wife.

I was expecting something very treacly, but it's a pretty good flick. George Buza makes a perfect Santa, Rachel Blanchard is excellent as the girl who loves Dean Cain.Cain is good. I do find the elves annoying rather than funny, but I am sure they will appeal to the majority of the audience of this Hallmark movie.

The whimsy this movie demands is tough to maintain. George Seaton managed MIRACLE ON 34TH Street by working from his own script in which he always took every plot point seriously -- he was one of the rare writer-directors of the era. THE CASE FOR SANTA CLAUS occasionally tries to get silly and occasionally serious. When this movie is at its best, it is because it takes real, small issues seriously. Wait for those moments and you'll not be disappointed.

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