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Prancer (1989)

Sam Elliott , Cloris Leachman , John D. Hancock  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda, Michael Constantine
  • Directors: John D. Hancock
  • Writers: Greg Taylor
  • Producers: Greg Taylor, Hester Hargett, Mike Petzold, Raffaella De Laurentiis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N7Z0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prancer" on IMDb

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A reindeer doesn't have to fly to be magical to someone, and Prancer succeeds, in its unassuming and plainspoken way, to prove that point. This 1989 family film stars Rebecca Harrell as 9-year-old Jessica, a motherless schoolgirl raised (and largely ignored) by her bereaved and embittered father (Sam Elliot), an apple farmer. While Jessica's dad struggles to keep food on the family table, the little heroine worries over the fate of a wounded reindeer she meets and wistfully identifies as a member of Santa's sled crew. The story may sound overly precious, but the film is grittier and more realistic than that. Far more concerned with wobbly family relationships than gilded escapism, Prancer is a rare family film that can entertain without invoking fluffy enchantment. Followed 12 years later by a sequel, Prancer Returns. --Tom Keogh

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A wounded reindeer and a precocious eight-year-old girl form an everlasting bond in this tender holiday drama about true devotion and friendship. An enchanting film full of Â"heart and gumptionÂ" (Roger Ebert), Prancer will set your imagination aflight! Jessica Riggs (Rebecca Harrell) plays an angel in her school pageant...but she becomes a real guardian angel when she finds an injured reindeer in the forest. Convinced that the deer is SantaÂ's very own Prancer, Jessica vows to nurse him back to health and return him safely home. But before she can carry out her plan, Jessica discovers that her father (Sam Elliott) has made another Â? very different Â? plan of his own! Will Jessica be able to help her antlered friend find his way back to Santa in time to make their deliveries on Christmas Eve? The magical final scene is sure to make your heart soar!

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus January 5, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Prancer is the story of a little girl named Jessie and her love for an injured reindeer whom she believes is Santa's reindeer Prancer. It is a lovely story of faith and love. Jessie has recently lost her mother, and now she and her brother and father are alone. Because crops are failing, her father decides she is to go live with her Aunt Sarah, but Jessie doesn't want that. She proves to her father and everyone around her that she is needed at home with her brother and dad, not with her Aunt Sarah. She further proves the bond between people in a small town and how they stand up for each other in a time of crisis.
Her favorite story is the story of a little girl named Virginia, a true life child who wrote a letter to Santa Claus, and the letter wound up in the hands of a newspaper editor. She wanted to prove there really was a Santa Claus and the newspaper editor said, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus..." This true life story happened around 1900. So when Jessie goes to visit the "helping" Santa Claus at the mall, she tells him to deliver a letter to the "real" Santa, that she has Prancer and that she wants to meet Santa up on a cliff so that Prancer can be reunited with Santa. This letter finds ITS way to a newspaper editor, and before long the entire town knows about this loveable reindeer.
This is a video for children ages 2 to 102, and I give this movie 5 stars for being so entertaining and wonderful, and for bringing tears to my eyes every one of the 100 or more times I've seen it.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly touching, magical journey for the whole family! November 19, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The scenery alone is reason enough to see this movie. The little girl that plays Jessica is a wonderful actress, and I was sorry not to see her in anything after this movie. This is a nice alternative to the sometimes sappy, jello mold movies that tend to come out around the holidays. It is a truly unique story that has been loved in my family since it came out, 8 or so years ago!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Here is a story that brings us all back to what Christmas is all about faith, love, hope, and family. This film tells the story of a young girl, Jessica, that keeps the joyous feeling of Christmas in her heart all year long. Her mother has died and her father is struggling to raise a son and daughter as well as a failing farm. Circumstances seem too much, and he contemplates sending Jessica to live with a nearby aunt. This upsets Jessica because family is as important to her as Christmas, especially as she has already lost one parent. While this is going on, Jessica discovers an injured reindeer, and she needs to help him as "he is one of Santa's ". With an injured reindeer and an injured family, Jessica applies the necessary healing with hope, faith and love. Her true innocence and undying belief in all that is good and wonderful (God and Santa) brings a family and a town together in a joyous celebration.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prancer December 6, 2003
By H. Row
A really nice movie for kids and adults during the Christmas season. This isn't a Hollywood blockbuster like Cat in the Hat , etc. The only extra on this DVD is the movie trailer. There also wasn't any reading material included. But the movie is so well made you won't miss any of the usual bells and whistles. The quality of both sound and picture are up to what DVD viewers have come to expect.
I'm pleased with this purchase. It has good entertainment value for everyone in my family.
John Row
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD is missing two segments; one KEY scene is missing! January 3, 2008
I have loved watching Prancer every Christmas and finally caved in and bought it on DVD. I have had the VCR version forever. Well, guess WHAT? They have eliminated, for some insane reason, two scenes, one of them being the KEY last scene in the movie!!! What gives?!? Who makes these decisions?! If you haven't ever seen the VCR version you won't miss them the middle, Jessica is seen shopping at the mall with her aunt who is buying her a dress for Christmas and she runs into her friend Carol and her mom - before she and Carol had words in the lunch room at school when Carol told heaven didn't exist and then Jessica gets angry with her and asks her then where did her mom go when she died. OK so that wasn't such a key scene but the last one....when they lead Prancer to Antler Ridge and he flies off up into the moon...that is NOT the last scene. Remember at the beginning they show the town officials decorating with the big santa sleigh and reindeers and one of the reindeer falls to the ground and Jessica says it's Prancer and the town guys say they aren't going to fix it? At the end you see Prancer flying back up into the broken decoration and taking his place. I just want to know why they cut that scene out. Anyone know?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENDEERING CHRISTMAS FABLE December 3, 2005
It's Rebecca Herrell's unabashedly realistic performance as young Jessie that is the heart of this charming Christmas fable. Whether the reindeer involved is really the magical Prancer, we want to believe along with Jessica that he is. Sam Elliott plays the gruff father, a widower faced with losing his apple farm, and who has become embittered towares life. A glowing supporting cast including Cloris Leachman as a dotty old lady; Rutanya Alda as Jessie's sweet Aunt Sarah and Abe Vigoda as a crotchety veterinarian lends fine mettle to the proceedings. PRANCER succeeds because it's really an examination of family values, the need for love and acceptance and that childhood whimsy of belief in what may seem impossible. It's reassuring message of childhood fantasy is heartwarming and celebratory for this special season.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Fave
This movie reminds me of my childhood in Elementary school; we would ALWAYS watch this movie around Christmas time. Just had to buy it!
Published 4 days ago by jj evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Job
This has always been a good movie. I got it for grandchildren and great grandchildren to enjoy. Just love it.
Published 26 days ago by sandrawaldo
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
The movie kept the attention of everyone and is a nice addition to our holiday movies we enjoy as a family.
Published 26 days ago by JoAnne Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
Not for toddlers, but this was one of my favorite movies as a child and still is as an adult. It's also kid friendly, but they may not understand the majority of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Prancer DVD
Saw this holiday movie a long time ago and loved it. I'm very happy it's part of my movie collection.
Published 1 month ago by Tracy A. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars For the WHOILE Family!
One of my favorite Christmas-themed movies of all time. Watch the magic of a child's tale come to life with a couple of touching plots.
Published 1 month ago by CrowFlies
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can we say . . .
This movie stars Sam Elliott in a charming tale from the Christmas season. It will make you believe in the possibilities of the magic of the season.
Published 1 month ago by Elaine
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet
I was so glad this was still for sale. I remember loving it as a little girl. My kids enjoyed it too. Thanks Amazon!
Published 1 month ago by MrsMeg
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies!
I had this movie in VHS format and replaced it with DVD. Without giving away the storyline, let me just say that this movie, about ideals, Christmas, the loss of a mother & a wife,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Kay Smithson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Yes...
Fantastic Story and kept me going through the holiday season. No longer having cable TV it was hard to find the movies I wanted to watch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LaBonita Bowmar
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