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Prancer Details


If you know the Clement Clark Moore poem, you'll know that Prancer is one of Santa Claus' "eight tiny reindeer." When 9-year-old [[Performer~P30545~Rebecca Harrell~rebeccaharrell]], who still believes in Santa despite the remonstrations of her parents and the taunts of her peers, stumbles across the selfsame Prancer in a remote part of the forest, no one will believe the girl. Later on, [[Performer~P30545~Harrell~rebeccaharrell]]'s no-nonsense father [[Performer~P21648~Sam Elliot~samelliott]] comes across a wounded reindeer, he feels it his duty to put the suffering animal out of his misery. The deer, of course, is Prancer, and it magically vanishes before [[Performer~P21648~Elliot~samelliott]]'s startled eyes. [[Performer~P30545~Harrell~rebeccaharrell]] nurses the deer back to health in secret, with the help of kindly doctor [[Performer~P73522~Abe Vigoda~abevigoda]] and her troublesome older brother John Joseph Duda. [[Performer~P30545~Harrell~rebeccaharrell]] is determined to contact Santa and let him know where Prancer is, but her efforts only result in public humiliation for her father. But this is a Christmas film, and the spirit of goodwill is contagious by fadeout time, even transforming town-recluse [[Performer~P41211~Cloris Leachman~clorisleachman]] into a warm-hearted social animal. Filmed in Indiana, Prancer isn't quite a classic, but it's perfect midwinter videocassette entertainment. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 17, 1989


Sam Elliott
as John Riggs
Rebecca Harrell
as Jessica Riggs
Cloris Leachman
as Mrs. McFarland
Rutanya Alda
as Aunt Sarah
Abe Vigoda
as Dr. Orel Benton, Veterinarian
Michael Constantine
as Mr. Stewart/Santa
Ariana Richards
as Carol Wetherby
Frank Welker
as Prancer
Michael Luciano
as Bert
John Duda
as Steve Riggs
Dale Balsbaugh
as Mr. Wood
Dan Atherton
as Town Man
Eric Sardeson
as Boy
Jesse Bradford
as Boy
Johnny Galecki
as Billy Quinn
Joseph Morano
as Boy with Santa
Loren Janes
as Mr. Soot
Marcia Porter
as Mrs. Fairburn
Mark Rolston
as Herb Drier
Sandra Olson
as Town Woman
Belinda Bremner
as Miss Bedelia
Shirley Starnes
as Mrs. Hofsetter
Steven Pressler
as Hank
Terry Jayjack
as Mrs. Wetherby
Bethany Richards
as (uncredited)
Victor Truro
as Mr. Young
Walter Charles
as Minister


John Hancock
Greg Taylor
Mikhail Suslov
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Maurice Jarre
Musical Direction/Supervision
William Badalato
Production Designer
Chester Kaczenski
Production Designer
Marc Dabe
Art Director
Raffaella de Laurentiis
Greg Taylor
Mike Petzold
Hester Hargett
Associate Producer
Denny Burt
Costume Designer
Mike Menzel
Special Effects
Bob Porter
Craig Campobasso