A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)




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Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And for Peanuts fans everywhere, it just wouldn't be Christmas without this classic holiday delight. Christmas lights may be twinkling red and green, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he takes Lucy's advice and directs the Christmas play. And what's a Christmas play without a Christmas tree? But everyone makes fun of the short, spindly nevergreen Charlie Brown brings back - until the real meaning of Christmas works its magic once again
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Peter Robbins
as Charlie Brown
Tracy Stratford
as Lucy Van Pelt
Christopher Shea
as Linus Van Pelt
Sally Dryer
as Peppermint Patty
Bill Melendez
as Snoopy

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All Critics (13)

The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

... a funny and tender and joyous celebration of the holiday spirit and still one of the most beloved Christmas specials...

Full Review… | July 20, 2009

The result is poignant and provides an appealing lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.

Full Review… | July 4, 2009
Movie Metropolis

A true classic in every sense of the word!

December 18, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

It's truly wonderful; even followers of Zoroaster can dig it. The choreography is particularly spiffy.

October 21, 2003

One of the childhood favorites that still holds up thirty years later.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for A Charlie Brown Christmas

Seeing as how this is one of my absolute favorite Christmas films of all time, I could easily ramble on about it for hours, but just for the sake of time, let me say that THIS is how a Christmas special is done. Perennial sad sack Charlie Brown is bummed out, and is having a hard time getting into the spirit of Christmas, especially with the growing focus on commercialism. On top of that, his earnest efforts to put on a decent Christmas play keep getting thwarted. It's fun for kids, and has a great message, but it's smart and thought provoking for adults as well. I'm glad that there's an overtly religious message in the movie. It took balls for them to keep it in, and you'd never see that kind of thing happen today in a modern animated special. That's what made Peanuts and Charles Schultz himself so brilliant. The kids are basically adults trapped in kid's bodies, but they still also act and talk like kids sometimes. This type of stuff treats kids with respect, and doesn't dumb things down for them. It's smart, mature, very clever, and vastly entertaining. One last thing to conlude the review on- the music: absolutely genius.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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I've seen this many times since 1965. It is to the point where I know exactly what is coming in the next scene, but I don't mind watching it each year. It still rings true every Christmas.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Not a movie, but a classic

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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