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Prancer (1989)

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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.

Director:

John D. Hancock (as John Hancock)

Writer:

Greg Taylor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Elliott ... John Riggs
Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. McFarland
Rutanya Alda ... Aunt Sarah
Abe Vigoda ... Orel Benton
Michael Constantine ... Mr. Stewart / Santa
Rebecca Harrell Tickell ... Jessica Riggs
John Duda John Duda ... Steve Riggs (as John Joseph Duda)
Ariana Richards ... Carol Wetherby
Mark Rolston ... Herb Drier
Johnny Galecki ... Billy Quinn
Walter Charles Walter Charles ... Minister
Victor Truro Victor Truro ... Mr. Young
Marcia Porter Marcia Porter ... Mrs. Fairburn
Loren Janes ... Mr. Soot
Robert Zimmermann Robert Zimmermann ... Wagnall
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

They lost the true spirit of Christmas...And found it locked in the heart of one little girl. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prancer See more »

Filming Locations:

New Carlisle, Indiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,914,486, 19 November 1989

Gross USA:

$18,587,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,587,135
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The end of the film was supposed to use "Chant of the Hebrew Slaves" from Giuseppe Verdi's "Nabucco," but producer Raffaella De Laurentiis had a working relationship with composer Maurice Jarre that she wanted to continue, and declared to director John D. Hancock that Jarre would compose the ending whether he liked it or not. See more »

Goofs

During the conversation about the existence of Santa and God, Carol eats Jessica's pickle. When Jessica gets up to leave, it has returned. See more »

Quotes

Jessica Riggs: Alright for you, Carol Wetherby! You're not my friend anymore!
Carol Wetherby: What did I say?
Jessica Riggs: That there was no Heaven!
Carol Wetherby: So?
Jessica Riggs: [tears up] What about my mother, then?
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Referenced in Good Luck Charlie: Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas (2013) See more »

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An integral part of our Christmas
8 December 2002 | by BookPoetSee all my reviews

This film proves that there are still unspoiled hearts left on Planet Earth. Those who find it sappy or irrelevant have spent too much time wearing Grinch suits and need a good dose of humanity to thaw that hard matter in their chests that passes for a heart.

The child actors are the heart of _Prancer_. They are real, never overacting or coming off as children playing at making a film. Sam Elliot is the epitome of the overstressed, depressed man who has lost his wife and despairs of losing everything else too. His transformation is believable and worthy of the time spent to watch his character unfold. Cloris Leachman is a delight as the female Scrooge who is touched by two children--Jessica who reintroduces her to the joy of Christmas, and a little boy in church who reintroduces her to the joy of human fellowship.

Above all, this is a story of transition. The earnest child must move forward to knowledge, and the jaded grownup must move back to mystery and faith. If your Christmas is too much take and not enough give, I prescribe hot chocolate, hot buttered popcorn, and a viewing of Prancer with people you love. Better yet, do as we have and make this movie part of your personal holiday tradition. It might help make you a better person the rest of the year.


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