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One Magic Christmas (1985)

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!more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Meehan, Phillip Borsos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2001
Walt Disney Productions


Mary Steenburgen
as Ginny Grainger
Gary Basaraba
as Jack Grainger
Arthur Hill
as Caleb Grainger
Elisabeth Harnois
as Abbie Grainger
Wayne Robson
as Harry Dickens
Jan Rubes
as Santa Claus
Robbie Magwood
as Cal Grainger
Sarah Polley
as Molly Monaghan
Graham Jarvis
as Frank Crump
Timothy Webber
as Herbie Conklin
Joy Thompson-Allen
as Mrs. Monaghan
John Friesen
as Mr. Noonan
Debra McGrath
as Mrs. Noonan
Julie Beaulieu
as Noonan Child
Jeremy Dingle
as Noonan Child
Jane Schoettle
as Bank teller
Damir Andrei
as Bank manager
Amah Harris
as Girl in bank
Geremy Dingle
as Noonan Child
Rita Tuckett
as Mrs. Claus
Sam Malkin
as Garage mechanic
Garreth Bennett
as Harry Dickens' son
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Critic Reviews for One Magic Christmas

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

'80s Christmas movie has depressing, intense scenes.

Full Review… | October 15, 2013
Common Sense Media

This is a treasure trove of sick laughs -- and it's from Disney!

Full Review… | April 21, 2007

Fantasy holiday fare has some good moments with Harry Dean Stanton.

February 20, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Audience Reviews for One Magic Christmas

"One Magic Christmas" is the complete opposite of what it's ridiculous title calls it out to be. As a little girl and her family are unsure of whether or not to believe in santa, a man comes, full of magic to bring christmas spirit. Events happen throughout the film that are random, tragic, and very cold hearted, but honestly, once that point came in the film, I truly did not care what happened to the characters. This film starts off simple and sweet, but completely falls apart in a random mess of bad acting and stupid plot points. Never have I been turned off from a christmas movie this much. The only thing it has going for it is christmas spirit, otherwise, it is one of the worst holiday films I've ever seen. Many shots are used over and over again, and the kids seem to have the same emotions and dialogue in ever scene, always asking a question. This film becomes very annoying, and particularly dark. I do not like this movie at all. It is a family film that no family should waste their time watching!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A depressing Christmas Tale about a family's loss during the season, and an Angel who can help them get through it. Not fun or magical!

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Likely the first movie I ever saw in a theatre and one of my fondest memories and top five Christmas movies, until I watched it again this decade and decided I wasn't as in love with it as I thought. Still it is a lovely little story packaged in a box full of tragedy.

Barbara C

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