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Prancer

4.7 out of 5 stars 588 customer reviews

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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.

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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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  • 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: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (588 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N7Z0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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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 BUT....in 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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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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By H. Row on December 6, 2003
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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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Our family discovered PRANCER last Christmas and it will be a tradition to watch it every year! The touching story of how a widowed dad rediscovers his love for his daughter and for childhood after the little girl (who gives a touching performance) finds a wounded reindeer and, believing it to be Santa's Prancer goes to some lengths to nurse it back to health. The child's stubborn belief in Santa Claus touches everyone she meets and some terrific and lovely changes occur in the small snow covered town as a result. This is a MUST SEE Christmas movie. It should be on everyone's list. (I cry with every showing!)
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