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Prancer [DVD]

Sam Elliott , Cloris Leachman , John D. Hancock    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda, Michael Constantine
  • Directors: John D. Hancock
  • Writers: Greg Taylor
  • Producers: Greg Taylor, Hester Hargett, Mike Petzold, Raffaella De Laurentiis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Greek
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24HQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A reindeer doesn't have to fly to be magical to someone, and Prancer proves the point in an unassuming and plainspoken way. This 1989 family film stars Rebecca Harrell as nine-year-old Jessica, a motherless schoolgirl raised (and largely ignored) by her bereaved and embittered father (Sam Elliot), an apple farmer. While Jessica's dad struggles to keep food on the family table, the little heroine worries over the fate of a wounded reindeer she meets and wistfully identifies as a member of Santa's sled crew. The story may sound overly precious, but the film is grittier and more realistic than that. Far more concerned with wobbly family relationships than gilded escapism, Prancer is a rare family film that can entertain without invoking fluffy enchantment. It was followed 12 years later by a sequel, Prancer Returns. --Tom Keogh

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One week before Christmas, nine-year-old Jessie (Rebecca Harrell) discovers an injured reindeer in the woods near her home. She decides to nurse the animal back to health, despite the fact that her father is opposed to the idea. Over the next week, Jessie becomes convinced that her new friend is in fact Prancer - a member of Santa Claus' very own sledge team!

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Prancer is a story that will warm the hearts of both children and adults alike. It all takes place around a little girl called Jessie and her firm belief in all that makes christmas is real. When she finds a hurt reindeer, Jessie is certain that it is Prancer, one of Santas reindeer and she makes it her mission to look after him and nurse him back to health. Throughout this enchanting tale, she encounters numerous people and changes their opinion on christmas and the magic that goes hand in hand with it. Some people may be critical of it and find it a little to soppy, but it captures everything christmas stands for and the how ,children enjoy the magic of it all. I would recommend this to anyone, who wants a nice winter tale to warm the heart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A More Serious Christmas Fantasy 14 Jan 2009
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
It is getting close to Christmas, which means that it is Jessica Riggs' (Rebecca Harrell) favorite season. The eight-year-old knows things are hard at home. After all, her mother had died and her father John (Sam Elliott) is having a hard time making ends meet on the family apple farm.

One day, Jessica sees a reindeer roaming through the woods. She immediately decides it is Prancer since it looks like a picture she has of Santa's reindeer and since she saw the plastic Prancer fall from the town's Christmas display a few days ago.

When she finds the reindeer again a few days later in the family barn, she quickly moves him to the shed and tries to nurse him back to health in time to join Santa on Christmas Eve. Can she do it without her father finding out? Is it really Prancer?

I've been meaning to watch this film since it came out 20 years ago and finally sat down and did just that. I will admit it was much more serious then I expected it to be. Jessica's home life is pretty serious with John even thinking it might be better if she went to live with her aunt. Additionally, there is a strong theme about faith and reality, played out most obviously when Jessica's best friend announces she no longer believes in Santa or God.

And yet this movie isn't all sadness. Jessica's enthusiasm and faith is actually heart warming. And her spirit rubs off on several characters of the course of the movie. I especially enjoyed the scenes with Cloris Leachman's hermit of a neighbor. The ending is completely satisfying. In fact, I bet it would be hard to watch it and not be moved to tears (in a good way).

If you want something different with a bit of a serious bent to it, check this movie out. It's an enjoyable Christmas escape with a bit more of the real world thrown in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas treat for young and old 20 Feb 2011
Feel good film about a young girl who has lost her Mom and has a Father who is struggling to make a living on a remote farm in mid US. She befriends a reindeer who she looks after at the farm. Lovely heartwarming performance by the young actress throughout the film with a touching end makes this a good film to watch in the festive season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Christmas Delight! 29 Dec 2008
'Prancer' is a simple tale revolving around a child's fantasy revealing itself beautifully to everyone as magical reality!

The young girl in the lead role plays the part excellently and convincingly. I'm sure many of us will see ourselves in her as we watch this film with more 'grown-up' eyes, how we used to use our imagination and play. The battle of convincing our parents that what we saw/found really did happen!

The girl's relationship with her father and brother has been damaged from the apparent death of her mother and through Prancer, they discover what each other really needs and it's genuinely heart-warming. Perhaps some may find it mushy but no, it's what these type of films are all about! Making you smile and cry at the same time with joy.

Of course not many of us will come across a lost reindeer that belongs to Santa - or will we? ;o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Fav 17 Dec 2011
Another great christmas film you can dust off every christmas for the whole family on those cold winter nights well worth a slot in any christmas collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sweetest Film 16 Dec 2011
By booner
If you have children or just love xmas then this is a heart warming story which will bring tears to your eyes but fill you up with xmas cheer!! A must for all the family, a xmas classic!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars prancer 1 1 Feb 2011
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I and my wife think this is a classic Christmas film, we are updating our film collection and this is high on our list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas movie 18 Jan 2011
Despite it's age this is a lovely family Christmas movie. It is not made ridiculous with corny fantasy shots but a little bit of magic and a lot of imagination leave you knowing that he flew in the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars one more fore the family
One more for the family collection,that i have got.This one will make a good d v d fore my collection.Thank you susanannmary
Published 3 months ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Little film
This is a wonderful film almost nior in its delivery no sing-along songs no spectacular effects yet the film has a subtle magical ambiance Rebecca Harrell is a fantastic little... Read more
Published 4 months ago by martyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Xmas Classic
Nothing to add, just lovely for Children at Xmas, It puts the children in a delightful, fairy type Christmas mood
Published 5 months ago by Mikey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Well wrapped with quick delivery. Enjoyable movie to watch on Christmas Day. My kids are deer lovers and have watched it several times.
Published 5 months ago by Quine
5.0 out of 5 stars Adoreable
Bought this for my daughter with a lead up to Christmas to get her in the mood for the excitement of things to come. She (and me) were enthralled by it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by lilisdad
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrived as a burn with a paper cover inlet
Arrived as a burn with a paper cover inlet... although I accept this in this circumstance, I thought I was buying the actual DVD/Cover as it was a gift. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eoghan
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely film
This is a lovely film for all the family to enjoy. Even though it's a few years old now, and may be overlooked by today's youngsters, its remains a classic. Read more
Published 19 months ago by BimChim
5.0 out of 5 stars Prancer (Christmas Magic)
A friend recommended this D.V.D for me to buy for my young grand-daughter at Christmas. I am so glad I took her advice, it has been a huge success with her. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by A. Downie
5.0 out of 5 stars brrilliant family film
very good family film, sweet, and worth watching, it's about this cute girl who lives with her dad and brother, and she realy believes in santa and finds prancer the reindeer,... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by cas
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