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Horace McNickle (Edward Asner) is a two-time felon serving prison time for counterfeiting. On the week before Christmas, he escapes from prison dressed as Santa Claus due to his uncanny resemblence to St. Nick resulting from his long white beard and heavyset features. McNickle hides out from the police in a nearby suburban neighborhood where he is befriended and helped by two local children who think he is the real Santa Claus. McNickle takes advantage of the kids naive ness to help him get his counterfeit money hidden somewhere in a local department store while he develops kind-hearted feelings for his two con victims that make him slowly understand the true nature of Christmas.

  1. Alan Shapiro

    Director, Writer

  2. Carol Dysinger

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Ed Asner

    Ed Asner

    Horace McNickle

  2. René Auberjonois

    René Auberjonois

    Sumner

  3. Jim Metzler

    Jim Metzler

    Stuart Jameson

  4. Susan Tyrrell

    Susan Tyrrell

    Sara

  5. Alan North

    Alan North

    Captain Whittaker

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The Christmas Star

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Status Released

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  • December 14, 1986
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 34m

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