Miracle on 34th Street

November 18th, 1994


Miracle on 34th Street

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A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus...

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.1/10 (9,179 voted)

Director: Les Mayfield

Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott

A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in.

Writers: Valentine Davies, George Seaton

Richard Attenborough - Kris Kringle
Elizabeth Perkins - Dorey Walker
Dylan McDermott - Bryan Bedford
J.T. Walsh - Ed Collins
James Remar - Jack Duff
Jane Leeves - Alberta Leonard
Simon Jones - Donald Shellhammer
William Windom - C.F. Cole
Mara Wilson - Susan Walker
Robert Prosky - Judge Henry Harper
Kathrine Narducci - Mother
Mary McCormack - Myrna Foy
Alvin Greenman - The Doorman
Allison Janney - Woman in Christmas Shop
Greg Noonan - Cmdr. Coulson

Taglines: Experience the Miracle.

Release Date: 18 November 1994

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Gross: $17,193,886 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The name of the department store is C. F. Cole's. In Australia, there is a supermarket chain called Coles, operated by G. J. Coles & Co. The company has been in existence since 1914, and so was a known company from the time of the original Miracle on 34th Street (1947). C & F are four letters down from G & J respectively.

Factual errors: When Santa Claus tells the little girl his name in other countries, he states that in Italy his name is "La Befana", however that is the name of the kind witch that flies around filling stockings on January 6th. His name in Italian is "Babbo Natale".

[first lines]
Grandson: Ask him. Ask him. Look at him, Grandpa. Ask him.
Judge Henry Harper: Uh, I'm sorry. He, uh... he thinks you're Santa Claus.
[Kris Kringle and Judge Harper laugh]
Kris Kringle: [to Harper's grandson] I am.
[to Harper]
Kris Kringle: Merry Christmas.

User Review

51 year old guy bawls his eyes out, as usual

Rating: 8/10

I can't see why a retelling of a really good story gets panned. It stayed true to the original concept, that believing in something good, even if it only comes once a year, can make us better. If I may reference another Christmas classic of which there have been several worthy interpretations, "Scrooge" (1951), the young Scrooge says to the young Marley upon their meeting, "I believe the world is becoming a very hard and cruel place...". If it was that way in the 1800's, it's ten times worse today, and therefore all the more reason to be reminded of our better nature. I especially enjoyed the scene where the streets of New York City were filled with throngs of people, traffic on the bridges was stopped, all waiting for the verdict. I know NYC well, and how its people rise to such occasions. These scenes were not in the 1947 version, and I think they added a uniqueness to this version. Better, worse than the 1947 version? Neither - just different, and just as valid.


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