A Different Kind of Christmas (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Different Kind of Christmas (1996)





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The bane of the existence of city attorney Elizabeth Gates (Shelley Long) is the jovial, widowed former barber (Bruce Kirby) who has chosen to be a year-round Santa Claus, transforming his house into a permanent "North Pole" village and giving away free presents to needy children. Unfortunately, "Santa" is operating out of a residential zone, and thus is technically running an illegal commercial business. Elizabeth's problem is to evict the would-be Kris Kringle without endangering her mayoral campaign -- and to hide from her impressionable son Tommy (Nathan Lawrence) the real reason behind her dislike for "Santa." Meanwhile, a cynical big-city reporter (Barry Bostwick) follows the case with interest (his interest is mainly in Elizabeth, of course), and a local land developer goes into "Scrooge" mode as he schemes to tear down a landmark train station. Based on an actual 1989 court case, A Different Kind of Christmas was made for cable, airing originally over the Lifetime network on December 9, 1996.

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Shelley Long
as Elizabeth Gates
Bruce Kirby
as Santa/Robert George
Barry Bostwick
as Frank Mallory
Nathan Lawrence
as Tommy Gates
Michael E. Knight
as Alan Schaeffer
Nancy McLoughlin
as Susan Estin
Rebecca Koon
as Marguerite
Ralph Wilcox
as Dr. Nichols
John Pontrelli
as Homeless Father
Margo Moorer
as Madeline Parker
Robert D. Raiford
as Judge Whitman
Lydia Harris
as Teenage Elizabeth
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Not really Christmas-y enough for me. It was more like an after-school special for tweens.

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