Miracle on 34th Street

  • U
  • Les Mayfield (1994)
  • US
  • 109 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Richard Attenborough plays Kriss Kringle in this remake of the classic 1947 fantasy. In the original, Edmund Gwenn gave an Oscar-winning performance as the elderly gent whose behaviour while working as a department-store Santa suggests that he believes he really is Father Christmas. Here Attenborough positively twinkles in the role in an attempt to convince moppet Mara Wilson, and the audience, that he is a living legend. Although the film as a whole is a much more glamorous affair, and Wilson and Elizabeth Perkins as her mother are undoubtedly charming, it does lack some of the magic of the original.

Plot Summary

Christmas fantasy starring Richard Attenborough and Elizabeth Perkins. Going against the wishes of her divorced mother, a sceptical young girl asks a mysterious department store Santa Claus for the family she has always wanted.

Cast and crew


Kriss Kringle
Richard Attenborough
Dorey Walker
Elizabeth Perkins
Bryan Bedford
Dylan McDermott
Ed Collins
J T Walsh
Susan Walker
Mara Wilson
Jack Duff
James Remar
Alberta Leonard
Jane Leeves
Simon Jones
C F Cole
William Windom
Judge Harper
Robert Prosky
Tony Falacchi
Jack McGee


Les Mayfield

Other Information

Available on video and DVD
Certificate U