The Christmas Star

The Christmas Star

Alan Shapiro (1986)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Written and directed by Alan Shapiro, this TV movie has Disney written all over it. Ed Asner stars as a prisoner on the run who disguises himself as Santa to recover the loot he has stashed in a department store. Guess what happens when he is spotted by a couple of quaintly chirpy kids? While youngsters can lose themselves in the "why can't it happen to me?" story, grown-ups can enjoy the performances of the supporting cast, including Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster himself) and the brassy Susan Tyrrell (who appeared in Cry-Baby as Johnny Depp's stepmother).


A con man dresses up as Santa Claus to break out of jail and recover his hidden stash of stolen loot. However, his perfect little plan is thrown into chaos after he's mistaken for the genuine article by two inquisitive kids - who end up making life very difficult indeed. Disney fantasy comedy, starring Ed Asner, Fred Gwynne, Rene Auberjonois and Susan Tyrrell.

Cast & Crew

Horace McNickle Edward Asner
Sumner René Auberjonois
Stuart Jameson Jim Metzler
Sara Jameson Susan Tyrrell
Clara Karen Landry
Captain Whittaker Alan North
Lucky Philip Bruns
Billy Jameson Nicholas Van Burek
Trudy Jameson Vicki Wauchope
John Zachary Ansley
Director Alan Shapiro
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video