One Magic Christmas

One Magic Christmas


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The "magic" in One Magic Christmas is often (and surprisingly) of the "black" variety. Like Jimmy Stewart before her, worn-out wife and mother Mary Steenburgen wishes that she'd never been born. And like Stewart, Steenburgen is visited by a guardian angel, in this case the western-garbed Harry Dean Stanton. Instead of granting Steenburgen's wish, Stanton shows her what life would be like without Christmas--and that vision is as grim as anything you're ever likely to see in any Holiday film. Throughout the horrendous tragedies heaped upon Steenburgen, we are comforted in the knowledge that Stanton is working in concert with Steenburgen's young daughter. Steenburgen learns her lesson of course, but what a ride!

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2004
UPC: 0786936240832
Original Release: 1985
Rating: G
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 5,056

Special Features

Closed Caption; Spanish language track; French subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Steenburgen Ginny Grainger
Gary Basaraba Jack Grainger
Harry Dean Stanton Gideon
Arthur Hill Caleb Grainger
Elisabeth Harnois Abbie Grainger
Robbie Magwood Cal Grainger
Michelle Meyrink Betty
Elias Koteas Eddie
Wayne Robson Harry Dickens
Jan Rubes Santa Claus
Genevieve Appleton Actor
Rodger Barton Actor
Gary Bush Actor
Alf Humphreys Actor
John E. Johnson Actor
Robert King Actor
Robin McCulloch Actor
Ken Pogue Actor
Damir Andrei Bank manager
Julie Beaulieu Noonan Child
Garreth Bennett Harry Dickens' son
Geremy Dingle Noonan Child
John Friesen Mr. Noonan
Amah Harris Girl in bank
Graham Jarvis Frank Crump
Sam Malkin Garage mechanic
Debra McGrath Mrs. Noonan
Sarah Polley Molly Monaghan
Jane Schoettle Bank teller
Joy Thompson-Allen Mrs. Monaghan
Rita Tuckett Mrs. Claus
Timothy Webber Herbie Conklin

Technical Credits
Phillip Borsos Director,Cinematographer,Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Dave Appleby Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Conway Baker Score Composer
Ann Brodie Makeup
Bill Brodie Production Designer
Richard Cadger Sound Editor
Beverly Carr Makeup
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Alison Clark Sound Editor
Olga Dimitrov Costumes/Costume Designer
Glen Gauthier Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Geldart Sound Editor
Joe Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Hall Art Director
Rondi Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Robin Leigh Sound Editor
Michael MacDonald Producer
Thomas Meehan Original Story,Screenwriter
Bruce Nyznik Sound/Sound Designer
Peter O'Brian Producer
Michael O'Farrell Sound Editor
T.J. Scott Stunts
Peter Thillaye Sound Editor
Frank Tidy Cinematographer
Don White Sound/Sound Designer
Sidney Wolinsky Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- One Magic Christmas
1. Opening Credits [7:10]
2. Christmas Wishes [6:49]
3. Decorating the Tree [7:06]
4. An Angel [6:41]
5. Visiting Granddad [3:59]
6. Gideon [9:45]
7. Holiday Pressures [8:17]
8. Ginny's Change [5:54]
9. The North Pole [7:53]
10. Santa's Workshop [6:12]
11. Christmas Eve [8:29]
12. A Magical Night/The End [10:37]

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One Magic Christmas 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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It has always amazed me that so few have seen or know of this movie. As with other holiday movies, we come away with another sense of who Santa is and why he exists. But do not make the mistake of thinking that this is a child's movie. It is very dark and full of despair. Mary Steenburgen's character is developed and unfolded to us in layers. You ache for her. Like other Disney movies, she has to wage her own inner war to make peace with herself and her family. Her inner battle and eventual coming to terms with issues is unlike any other holiday movie. It is beautiful, startling, and eerie throughout. Not for very little children!
ISA10 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this christmas movie. It was different than most other movies that came out about the holidays. The story is very dark and emotional for children but I believe that kids who watch this movie could get an understanding on how its like for the majority of Americans who deal with these issues. I definitly recommend this movie to the family especially the children but must explain to the children what going on so they are able to understand the theme the writer and director is trying to protray. Acting is great and the setting is perfect because of its small town location.