One Magic Christmas

One Magic Christmas

Phillip Borsos (1985)

U Certificate


Our Score
One suspects that the intention here was to put a modern slant on the Dickens tale A Christmas Carol. But quite how her husband's redundancy, impending homelessness and bankruptcy are supposed to rekindle the Christmas spirit in housewife Mary Steenburgen is anybody's guess. It takes a huge leap of faith for anyone to believe that an angel with an uncanny resemblance to Harry Dean Stanton can do much to rectify the situation, but this is Disney, so prepare for take off. Earnestly played and efficiently directed by Philip Borsos, but far too downbeat for the festive season.


A careworn mother who has lost her enthusiasm for Christmas is visited by an angel intent on cheering her up. But the visitor's best efforts seem to backfire as a wave of misfortune engulfs her unhappy family. Drama, starring Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton, Arthur Hill, Elias Koteas and Robbie Magwood.

Cast & Crew

Ginnie Grainger Mary Steenburgen
Jack Grainger Gary Basaraba
Abbie Grainger Elisabeth Harnois
Caleb Arthur Hill
Harry Dickens Wayne Robson
Gideon Harry Dean Stanton
Santa Claus Jan Rubes
Eddie Elias Koteas
Cal Grainger Robbie Magwood
Betty Michelle Meyrink
Director Phillip Borsos
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD