The Christmas Star (1986)
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as Horace McNickle
as Lead Child Actor
as Stuart Jameson
as Old Con
as Captain Whittaker
as Mr. Jerome
as Gate Guard
as Sad Sack Santa
as Sara Jameson
as Desk Sergeant
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Great Christmas film where fuzzy-faced Ed Asner escapes from prison by stealing a Santa costume, and then is mistaken for the real Santa Claus by a group of kids. He enlists their help to find the cash his dead partner stashed away after a robbery. Ed turns from a crusty criminal to a warm-hearted man, whilst helping the kids with some of their problems. A story of redemption, done with a bit of humour.
The young star looks an awful lot like Barret Oliver, although they do not list the child star's name in the credits -- A great story too!
Ed Asner's character escapes prison and convinces some kids that he's Santa Claus. He has it planned to steal some money and use the children to help him do the job. The movie is more magical than it sounds and since I grew up with it, I think it's a Holiday Classic.
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