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Prancer

Critics Consensus

Prancer's good-natured holiday cheer -- and a terrific performance from its young star -- are enough to make this yuletide adventure a moderately rewarding watch.

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Refusing to give up her belief in Santa Claus, a child, Jessica Riggs (Rebecca Harrell), discovers a hurt reindeer in the woods, which she believes to be Prancer. With the help of a sympathetic veterinarian (Abe Vigoda), Jessica takes care of the wounded creature. It's supposed to be a secret, but eventually a store Santa Claus (Michael Constantine), the girl's dad (Sam Elliott) and the entire town find out about Prancer, leading to big problems for Jessica and her family.

Cast & Crew

Sam Elliott
John Riggs
Cloris Leachman
Mrs. McFarland
Rutanya Alda
Jessica's Aunt Sarah
John Duda
Steve Riggs
Abe Vigoda
Orel Benton
Michael Constantine
Mr. Stewart, Santa
Ariana Richards
Carol Wetherby
Hester Hargett
Associate Producer
Mike Petzold
Co-Producer
Greg Taylor
Co-Producer
Maurice Jarre
Original Music
Eugene D. Shlugleit
Cinematographer
Misha Suslov
Director of Photography
Dennis M. O'Connor
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Critic Reviews for Prancer

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (8)

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

    December 14, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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/

    December 14, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Harrell carries the film with an impressive performance for a child whose only previous experience was as a singing litterbug in a school play.

    December 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Prancer remains a real curiosity -- a movie that`s far from being successful on its own terms, yet better than those terms would suggest.

    December 13, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Its plodding competence can't provide that effortless magical touch that Christmas classics are made of.

    May 20, 2003
  • Harrell's brash debut, the use of animism and the story's sincerity add interest.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prancer

  • Dec 23, 2008
    Funny and charming, even if it is a typical Christmas film. Rebecca Harrell and Sam Elliott are wonderful.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2007
    Little girls will probably like this. I'm too old and cynical.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2007
    A touching family film. A good movie to watch on Christmas Eve! Not amazing, but worth seeing!
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2007
    Old-fashioned christmas movie.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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