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 Ed Asner
Sara Jameson Susan Tyrrell
Stuart Jameson Jim Metzler
Waters Fred Gwynne
Sumner Rene Auberjonois
Trudy Jameson Vicki Wauchope
Billy Jameson Nicolas Van Burek
Clara Karen Landry
Director Alan Shapiro
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video