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Miracle on 34th Street Details


The 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street is transplanted to the 1990s with few changes in this family-oriented remake. The screenplay by the prolific John Hughes sticks close to the original outline, centering on Macy's executive Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) and her young daughter Susan (Mara Wilson), neither of whom much believes in the spirit of Christmas. Dorey is in charge of hiring Macy's Santas, including an old man named Kriss Kringle (Richard Attenborough). He does a remarkably convincing job, and he soon reveals that he actually believes himself to be Santa Claus. The authorities threaten to place the old man in an insane asylum, but a young lawyer comes to his defense. Meanwhile, Dorey and Susan find their own defenses melting and become reacquainted with the power of faith. Hughes and director Les Mayfield add a few modern touches, making Susan slightly more cynical and adding the requisite soulless corporate villains. Viewers familiar with the original may still prefer Edmund Gwenn's original Kris Kringle and consider the remake unnecessary, although the newer version reflects enough of the earlier film's spirit to prove entertaining to modern family audiences. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:November 18, 1994


Richard Attenborough
as Kriss Kringle
Elizabeth Perkins
as Dorey Walker
Dylan McDermott
as Bryan Bedford
Mara Wilson
as Susan Walker
Robert Prosky
as Judge Harper
J.T. Walsh
as Ed Collins
James Remar
as Jack Duff
Jane Leeves
as Alberta Leonard
Simon Jones
as Shellhammer
William Windom
as C.F. Cole
Allison Janney
as The Woman
Greg Noonan
as Cmdr. Coulson
Bill Buell
as Band Director
Joss Ackland
as Victor Landbergh
Peter Gerety
as Cop
Harve Kolzow
as Businessman
Alvin Greenman
as The Doorman
Byrne Piven
as Dr. Hunter
Jack McGee
as Tony Falacchi
Michele Marsh
as News Anchor
Joe Pentangelo
as Bailiff
Peter Siragusa
as Cabbie
Mike Bacarella
as Santa


Les Mayfield
John Hughes
John Hughes
George Seaton
Julio Macat
Bruce Broughton
Composer (Music Score)
Raja Gosnell
Doug Kraner
Production Designer
Steve Arnold
Art Director
William Ryan
Executive Producer
William S. Beasley
Executive Producer
Leslie Rollins
Set Designer
Kathy O'Rear
Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Randy Suhr
First Assistant Director
Jane Jenkins
Janet Hirshenson
George Seaton
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