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FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Rebecca Harrell, 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, Harrell's no-nonsense father Sam Elliot 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 Elliot's startled eyes. Harrell nurses the deer back to health in secret, with the help of kindly doctor Abe Vigoda and her troublesome older brother John Joseph Duda. Harrell 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 Cloris Leachman 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

Cast

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
Loren Janes
as Mr. Soot
Bethany Richards
as (uncredited)
John Duda
as Steve Riggs
Mark Rolston
as Herb Drier
Johnny Galecki
as Billy Quinn
Walter Charles
as Minister
Victor Truro
as Mr. Young
Marcia Porter
as Mrs. Fairburn
Shirley Starnes
as Mrs. Hofsetter
Michael Luciano
as Bert
Jesse Bradford
as Boy
Eric Sardeson
as Boy
Joseph Morano
as Boy with Santa
Belinda Bremner
as Miss Bedelia
Terry Jayjack
as Mrs. Wetherby
Steven Pressler
as Hank
Dale Balsbaugh
as Mr. Wood
Sandra Olson
as Town Woman
Dan Atherton
as Town Man
Loren Janes
as Mr. Soot
Dan Atherton
as Town Man
Steven Pressler
as Hank
Dale Balsbaugh
as Mr. Wood
Jesse Bradford
as Boy
Michael Luciano
as Bert
Shirley Starnes
as Mrs. Hofsetter
Eric Sardeson
as Boy
Mark Rolston
as Herb Drier
Bethany Richards
as (uncredited)
Walter Charles
as Minister
Joseph Morano
as Boy with Santa
Sandra Olson
as Town Woman
Victor Truro
as Mr. Young
Johnny Galecki
as Billy Quinn
Terry Jayjack
as Mrs. Wetherby
Belinda Bremner
as Miss Bedelia
Marcia Porter
as Mrs. Fairburn
John Duda
as Steve Riggs

Crew

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