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Prancer (1989)



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A 9-year-old girl discovers a wounded reindeer in the forest and, believing it to be one of Santa's magical sleigh team, secretly nurses it back to health. The girl takes it upon herself to contact Santa and return the reindeer to him in this family-oriented Christmas film.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Greg Taylor
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001
Nelson Entertainment


Sam Elliott
as John Riggs
Cloris Leachman
as Mrs. McFarland
Rutanya Alda
as Aunt Sarah
Abe Vigoda
as Orel Benton
John Joseph Duda
as Steve Riggs
Ariana Richards
as Carol Wetherby
Mark Rolston
as Herb Drier
Johnny Galecki
as Billy Quinn
Frank Welker
as Prancer
Victor Truro
as Mr. Young
Marcia Porter
as Mrs. Fairburn
Bethany Richards
as (uncredited)
John Duda
as Steve Riggs
Loren Janes
as Mr. Soot
Shirley Starnes
as Mrs. Hofsetter
Joseph Morano
as Boy with Santa
Belinda Bremner
as Miss Bedelia
Terry Jayjack
as Mrs. Wetherby
Sandra Olson
as Town Woman
Dan Atherton
as Town Man
Rebecca Harrell
as Jessica Riggs
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Critic Reviews for Prancer

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

A hodgepodge of Heidi and Meet Me in St. Louis.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

This is a tale about faith and love, but it's also a story of coldness and death. Prancer, you might say, puts the winter solstice back in Christmas/

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Harrell carries the film with an impressive performance for a child whose only previous experience was as a singing litterbug in a school play.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Prancer remains a real curiosity -- a movie that`s far from being successful on its own terms, yet better than those terms would suggest.

Full Review… | December 13, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Its plodding competence can't provide that effortless magical touch that Christmas classics are made of.

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

Harrell's brash debut, the use of animism and the story's sincerity add interest.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Prancer

Old-fashioned christmas movie.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Funny and charming, even if it is a typical Christmas film. Rebecca Harrell and Sam Elliott are wonderful.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Boring. It's sad because this movie had so much potential.

Andrew Fillmore

Super Reviewer

Prancer Quotes

John Riggs: You tear apart the babies rattle, and you see what makes the noise inside. But there is a veil covering the unseen world, which not the strongest man could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love and romance, can push aside that curtain and view the beauty and the glory beyond. Is it all real? Virginia, in all this world, there is nothing else real in the body...Santa Claus, thank god he lives. And lives forever, a thousand years from now, ten times ten thousand years from now, and he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
– Submitted by Justina D (17 months ago)

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