John Hancock (1989)

U Certificate


Our Score
This charming and disarming family film offers wish fulfilment to all but the most cynical of youngsters. Rebecca Harrell plays a nine-year-old girl, recovering from the death of her mother, who finds an injured reindeer and thinks it belongs to Santa Claus. Unfortunately, her grief-stricken father (Sam Elliott) is struggling to save their farm from the bailiffs and has little patience with his daughter's attempt to nurse the beast. Sentimental without being mawkish, with the grown-ups given as much character as the children, this is lump-in-the-throat stuff from start to finish.


A nine-year-old farm girl finds a wounded reindeer she is sure belongs to Father Christmas, and lovingly nurses it back to health. Although her innocent attempts to contact Santa about his missing animal embarrass her family, her gentle nature and determination eventually remind the local community just what Christmas is really all about. Drama, with Rebecca Harrell, Sam Elliott and Cloris Leachman.

Cast & Crew

John Riggs Sam Elliott
Jessica Riggs Rebecca Harrell
Mrs McFarland Cloris Leachman
Aunt Sarah Rutanya Alda
Steve Riggs John Joseph Duda
Dr Orel Benton Abe Vigoda
Mr Stewart / Santa Michael Constantine
Carol Wetherby Ariana Richards
Herb Drier Mark Rolston
Prancer Boo
Director John Hancock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD