The Christmas Star (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Christmas Star (1986)





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Christmas Star is a two-hour whimsy assault, originally telecast December 14, 1986 on The Disney Sunday Movie. Ed Asner plays an escaped convict who adopts a stolen Santa Claus suit as a disguise. Several impressionable youngsters, believing Asner to be the genuine Santa, latch onto him. He decides to use these moppets to help him find his ill-gotten loot, which his partner has hidden in department store Christmas decorations. The ending is as misty-eyed as it is predictable.

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Edward Asner
as Horace McNickle
Nicholas Van Burek
as Billy Jameson
Vicki Wauchope
as Trudy Jameson
Jim Metzler
as Stuart Jameson
Alan North
as Captain Whittaker
John Payne
as Mr. Jerome
William Taylor
as Gate Guard
Frank C. Turner
as Sad Sack Santa
Susan Tyrrell
as Sara Jameson
Jerry Wasserman
as Desk Sergeant
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Audience Reviews for The Christmas Star


Ed Asner's character escapes prison and convinces some kids that he's Santa Claus. He has it planned to steal some money and use the children to help him do the job. The movie is more magical than it sounds and since I grew up with it, I think it's a Holiday Classic.

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer

Great Christmas film where fuzzy-faced Ed Asner escapes from prison by stealing a Santa costume, and then is mistaken for the real Santa Claus by a group of kids. He enlists their help to find the cash his dead partner stashed away after a robbery. Ed turns from a crusty criminal to a warm-hearted man, whilst helping the kids with some of their problems. A story of redemption, done with a bit of humour.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

The young star looks an awful lot like Barret Oliver, although they do not list the child star's name in the credits -- A great story too!

Tom Ericksen
Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer

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