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It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989)

Feeling unneeded, a disillusioned Santa Claus (Charles Durning) quits Christmas. Through the selflessness of a little girl looking to reunite her parents for Christmas (and the help of his ... See full summary »

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Burt Brinckerhoff

Writers:

Stanley Isaacs (story), Golda David (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beverly Rowland Beverly Rowland ... Mrs. Claus
Charles Durning ... Santa
Risa Schiffman Risa Schiffman ... Jennifer Baxter
Annette Marin Annette Marin ... Laura Baxter
Wayne Osmond Wayne Osmond ... Jeff Baxter
Tip Boxell Tip Boxell ... Jeff's Boss
M.J. Bench M.J. Bench ... Stubby
Dottie Bench Dottie Bench ... Roly Poly
Debbie Christensen Debbie Christensen ... Muffin
Kenneth Kunz Kenneth Kunz ... Trouper
Bruce Vilanch ... Philpot
Star Herrmann Star Herrmann ... Mother (as Star Roman)
Brett Webb Brett Webb ... Son
Gary Barnes Gary Barnes ... Father
Paul Grace Paul Grace ... Mugger
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Storyline

Feeling unneeded, a disillusioned Santa Claus (Charles Durning) quits Christmas. Through the selflessness of a little girl looking to reunite her parents for Christmas (and the help of his bumbling chief elf, Philpot (Bruce Vilanch), Santa and the child travel across America and Santa discovers that people really do need him and care about other people. Written by Alan Jay Glueckman <alanjay44@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1989 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nearly Wasn't Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Osmond Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The shopping mall where Wayne Osmond's character performs is actually in Utah. See more »

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It was awesome!
10 December 2003 | by DravensGurl2001See all my reviews

I just saw the movie yesterday on the Disney Channel. I watch the Disney Channel all the time. When I saw it, I decided to watch it. I have to say, I really loved this movie. It really tore my heart to imagine Santa giving up on us, but when he came through, I was happy. I loved that song that Wayne Osmond sang. After I watched the movie, I had to get on here. I didn't know that Wayne was part of the Osmond clan. I love Donny and Marie. If this movie was on TV again, I'd watch it in a heart beat.


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