One Magic Christmas (1985)

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An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.



  • Jan Rubes in One Magic Christmas (1985)
  • Harry Dean Stanton in One Magic Christmas (1985)
  • Elisabeth Harnois in One Magic Christmas (1985)
  • Jan Rubes in One Magic Christmas (1985)
  • Elisabeth Harnois in One Magic Christmas (1985)
  • Harry Dean Stanton and Elisabeth Harnois in One Magic Christmas (1985)

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9 December 2011 | CuriosityKilledShawn
| Jeez, remember when Disney made movies like this?
One Magic Christmas is a world away from the safe, schmaltzy family fluff Disney is responsible for today. It's actually quite a bleak, downbeat and miserable film for the most part, with realistic and mundane photography and a drab production design. All of this actually serves the film well, I must point out.

A young Mary Steenburgen (who has always been cast beyond her years thanks to her deep facial folds) plays a mum who is very emotionally subdued, she walks around in a daze, enjoying little of life. At Xmas her kids and husband are excited but she only worries about money and is brought down even further by people treating her badly.

An angel shows up and encourages her young daughter to help find 'the true meaning of Xmas' (a theme which is quite common in Xmas movies). The film then plays out as a cross between It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. It's effective, but it's not for everybody. I only saw it once before when I was 12, and I was depressed by it, but it's a welcome change of pace to the usual festive fare.

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