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Miracle on 34th Street (1994)


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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

Oct 5, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox

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If this doesn't get you into the holiday spirit, may all of your presents be fruitcakes. (published 12-2-94)

January 4, 2005 Full Review
Kansas City Kansan

The best version.

January 5, 2004

While [this] version of the Christmas spirit on trial as written by John Hughes isn't awful, it's also more disappointing than Seaton's take nearly half a century earlier.

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Was this absolutely necessary?

July 21, 2003 | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A palid remake that misses the point of the story. Stick with the original!

April 3, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Decent remake that goes on far too long.

April 1, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Pays tribute to Santa Claus, a figure who stands for the grace, mystery and wonder available during the Christmas season.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Miracle on 34th Street

One of the worst (and pointless) remakes ever made. The first film is perfect. It didn't need to be updated, it was in fact ahead of its time in many respects. In the remake, they decide to show you all those things that they decided, quite wisely, not to show. They then threw in some cheap slap-stick, rushed out an awful script, added one of the worst endings to a film in the history of cinema and made loads of money doing it because that's what seems to work these days because kids are too ignorant to watch old films because they're in Black and White and require a couple of brain cells. Mara Wilson wasn't the brilliant little actress everyone thought she was (where is she now?) and as much as I love him Richard Attenborough wasn't that great either. He doesn't come close to being as lovable and more importantly believable as Edmund Gwenn. The early 90's really were a blight on cinema, I could count the great films on one hand.
December 11, 2012

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"Miracle on 34th Street" has one of the greatest christmas tales of all time at it's fingertips, and it dazzles with humour, sadness, and too many heartfelt moments to count. This film knows what it is trying to be, and therefore, it is one of my favourite christmas films of all time. As one girl is told that santa clause does not exist, she comes into contact with a white bearded man who claims to be the real thing. When he convinces her, she asks him for a new house, a dad, and a baby brother. If she doesn't receive this, then santa clause will not be real to her. There is so much christmas spirit in this film, and every touching moment will bring a tear to your eye. The conclusion will have even adults believing in christmas again. If you have not seen this amazing holiday film, I suggest it be the next one you watch. "Miracle on 34th Street" is a miracle on it's own!
December 16, 2011
KJ Proulx

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Uplifting and sweet but verging on twee throughout. Full review later.
October 3, 2011
Thomas Bowler

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A pretty darn awesome remake. It may bring some extra 90's cheese, mostly due to the needlessly dramatic music, and it may be overlong in places, but this certainly works. Attenborough is the only person I could imagine taking over this role. He comes across as a genuinely kind and considerate man, with nothing but kindness in his heart. Like the original, it keeps silent as to whether he is Santa or not. The court scene is particularly funny, with a few fist pumping moments. I'd still pick the original, but if you can't sit your whole family down in front of a black and white film, this certainly doesn't offend the original.
December 25, 2010

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    1. Kriss Kringle: If you can't believe, if you can't accept anything...on faith, then you're doomed for a life dominated by doubt.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
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