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Genre: Children's DVDs / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Les Mayfield / Actors: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh, James Remar ... / DVD released 2005-11-07 at Twentieth Century Fox / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      05.11.2010 11:59
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      A lovey Christmassy film

      This is a great Christmas film and really puts me in the festive spirit.

      The story follows a little girl called Susan and her mother. Susan does not believe in Santa Claus and then her mother meets Santa Claus played by Richard Attenborough and hires him to work as the Santa Claus in the department store. Trouble occurs when Santa is set up and arrested and so New York have to pull together in order to save him and get him released from jail and of course Santa has to make Susan and her mother believe.

      This film is so festive as it is set in New York and the start of the film is the thanksgiving parade so is very colourful and joyful. I love the ice skating scene in it as it really makes me feel christmassy. Richard Attenborough is an exellent actor and really suits the role of Santa Claus and is very believable. The little girl who plays Susan is also excellent and is really cute and funny.

      This film is great to watch again and again and is heartwarming feel good fun for the whole family to enjoy. I would definately recommend it.

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      20.06.2010 12:49
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      Thoroughly enjoyable xmas movie...!

      This is my all time favourite Christmas movie... each year I have a routine whereby the xmas decs come down from the loft, the mulled wine is placed on the stove and this DVD is pulled out...

      The story revolves around a single mum (Dorey played by Elizabeth Perkins) who doesn't believe in Santa Claus and also has her young daughter (Susan played by Mary Wilson) not believe in Santa Claus.... until the store where she works hires Richard Attenborough as their Santa Claus and her life changes quite dramatically..

      The story is very magical and it really does make you want to believe in Santa Claus. For me, the casting of Richard Attenborough was genius as he makes such a great SC under the guise of Kris Kringle...

      The relationship between the daughter Susan and Kris Kringle grows as the story progresses and there is also some romance for the mother too with her neighbour Brian who does believe in Santa Claus.

      This is definitely both a kids and an adult film, there is some excellent acting and the storyline really does make you want to believe and takes you along with it through the highs and the lows (and there are some lows)

      Even though this film is 16 years old, it does have a timeless quality to it so you don't feel like you're watching a dated movie hence why I pull it out each year to watch..

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        08.03.2010 08:39
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        Overall, a wonderful movie

        This is a Christmas classic that must be seen as I think it's a great movie, similar I guess to It's a wonderful life which was another feel good Christmas film. I have seen this several times now and is always a favourite for us around that time of year to watch with family and friends. This particular movie released in 1994 is a remake of the 1947 version of the same name.

        In the movie, Elizabeth Perkins plays the mother of Mara Wilson. She is a single mother who has taught her daughter not to believe in Santa Claus over the years. She does this as she doesn't want her growing up and believing in something or someone that isn't real and doesn't exist. That way she feels that her daughter will not face any disappointment when she finally discovers the truth of the matter.

        The mother has an admirer in the form of her next door neighbour who is a kind man who is deeply in love with her. However, he would love her daughter to re-find her youth and as a child, believe in Santa Claus.

        The actual plot of the movie is simple which is great as it's a nice movie for all ages, young and old. Elizabeth hires a lookalike 'Santa' for the local Department store Thanksgiving parade as the other Santa has become too drunk to ride his float.

        But when her neighbour takes her daughter, Mara, to see 'Santa' at the store, her mother is not happy at all. She believes that if her child sees Santa in the middle of a children's fantasy world will be more likely to believe the myth than herself.

        I got the sense that Mara really does want to believe in Santa but is not sure whether she should after everything that her mum has told her.

        Sales at the store go through the roof with 'Santa' the main attraction. That is until another store tries to sabotage this success by destroying their Santa. They hire the drunk who he replaced to attack the present one. The new Santa is provoked to such a point that he hits him with his cane. Although he escapes any criminal prosecution he is held as a psychiatric case as he claims to be the realy Santa.

        It turns out that Elizabeth's neighbour is actually a laywer who defends 'Santa' at his insanity hearing in court.

        I think this is a great movie for young and old and this remake is just as good as the original in my opinion. The acting is fantastic and and I found the whole film very entertaining from start to finish. Highly recommended if you want a feel good Christmas movie.

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        19.01.2010 21:10
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        feel good family christmas film

        Miracle on 34th Street is based on the original, with the same name, which was first made in 1947. This 1994 version was directed by John Hughes and is a classic and wonderful Christmas film.

        PLOT
        Susans mum, Dorey, works for Coles, a New York department store. She's in charge of the Christmas parade for the store, which includes hiring the Santa who rides a sledge at the end. Because of her job, and that she doesn't want her daughter to be disappointed when she grows up, she's told Susan that Santa doesn't exist.

        On the day of the parade the Santa that has been hired gets drunk. Seeing that he will probably ruin the parade for everyone Dorey asks an old man that she thinks looks like Santa to do the parade. He agrees and from the next day works at Coles as the Santa that children go to visit. Doreys boyfriend, Brian, takes Susan to see Santa, even though she knows he's not the real one. But when she sees him, he tells her he really is the real one. They become friends and he tries to convince Susan he's the real Santa. In the meantime another store which isn't doing as well as Coles wants to poach their Santa. When he refuses to go and work for them they do their best to make sure he can no longer work at Coles. They trick him into attacking someone for which he's arrested. Because he refuses to say he is not Santa, in fact insisting that his name is Kris Kringle and he was born in the north pole, he has to go to court to contest his sanity. Here a battle begins between to lawyers' to 'prove' whether Santa actually exists or not.

        OPINION
        To me, Miracle on 34th street is the perfect Christmas film. New York at Christmas always looks wonderful and this film has a lot of elements in it that make you get into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas parade looks wonderful as does the toy department in Coles store. Whenever i see Christmas in New York in films it really makes me wish i could go there, and this is no exception!

        Richard Attenborough plays a truly amazing Kris Kringle. I'm not surprised that he was chosen to play the 'real' Santa, it's easy to believe he is what Santa would actually be like. He plays a lovely old man who is able to be the perfect Santa for Coles. Although at the start of the film it seems that he just thinks he is Santa, but he is able to really interact with the kids who goes to see him and is able to speak a wide variety of languages and is able to talk to a girl who goes to see him in sign language, which is just lovely.

        All the characters interact really well with each other. Susan is great as a non believer, She has grown up to act way too old for her age is Kris and Brian want to restore he to the little girl she ought to be, one her believes in father Christmas. The relationship between Dorey and Brian is also nice, as Dorey is also a non believer who you feel would be better off with a bit of magic in her life, which you hope Brian could give her.

        All in all this is a real feel good family Christmas film. It's a nice touch that it ends in a court battle trying to prove that it's actually possible for Santa to exist. Well, who can prove he can't?? I'd definitely recommend watching this around Christmas, I don't see how it can fail to put anyone in the Christmas spirit.

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          29.12.2009 19:10
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          A great Christmas film with the best Santa

          Miracle on 34th Street is definitely one if my favourite Christmas films. This is actually a remake of the original film which was out in 1947. This one was released in 1994 and has been a firm favourite for me since. This film was actually number one in a show of the top Christmas films I saw the other day and I can see why.

          The story of Miracle On 34th Street is based around a little girl called Susan (Mara Wilson) who lives alone with her Mother Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) who works at The Coles department store in New York. Dorey has told Susan that Santa Claus doesn't exist much to the disgust of their family friend Bryan Bedford (Dylan McDermott). Dorey is in charge of the Coles annual thanksgiving parade where they will show their brand new Santa off to the children of New York. Unfortunately the Santa who has been chosen is totally unsuitable and drunk before the parade. Dorey finds a man called Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) fighting with the man trying to take away his alcohol. Realising the problem she was facing without having a Santa she turns to Kris who luckily looks incredible like the real thing. Kris agrees to do it and becomes the Coles new Santa. When Susan sees him she starts to wonder if her Mother may have been wrong when she told her that Santa doesn't exist.

          Miracle on 34th Street is a great heart warming Christmas film with a great storyline. The story is based around a little girl who seems to be grown up beyond her years and with nothing to believe in till she meets Kris. He allows her to realise how exciting Christmas can be and what it really means. It is a fun storyline most of the way through but there are also some serious and more sad parts in it. I think these more serious and sad parts of the story make the happier parts more heart warming and special.

          There are some really nice scenes in the film. My favourite scene has to be when Kris has got a little deaf girl sat on his lap and the Mother of the girls says he doesn't need to speak to her. Kris turns the little girl round and starts speaking to her in sign language lighting her face up. Apparently the little girl actually had no idea he was going to do this is real life and so her facial expressions were real. I think this scene really sums up what the film is about which is heart warming moments that make you feel all warm inside. The film is full of little scenes like this, which make up the atmosphere of the film.

          Kris Kringle is obviously one of the main characters in the film and he is a great one. He is just what you imagine Santa Claus would be like if he was living in New York in the real world. He is a kind, old man who doesn't seem like he would hurt anyone but manages to get himself in trouble. He cares about kids first and foremost and will do anything to make them happy. He is a great portrayal of Santa Claus and one that all kids should see. Other good characters in the film include Susan the young girl. As I said previously she is very serious and grown up for her young age. Kris manages to change her opinions though and provide some Christmas excitement and amazement for her and something to believe in.

          There is also a romance story going on between Dorey and Bryan. This is quite a nice story but isn't focused on too much. I think it is good for adults as it provides a little more depth to the whole film. I also like the way that Bryan has a similar effect on Dorey that Kris does on Susan.

          The acting in this film is fantastic. Kris Kringle is played brilliantly by Richard Attenborough, who looks the part so well. I think even if he wasn't a good actor he would be believable because of the way he looks. His acting though really adds to the overall character and he is very mild mannered, only having moments of anger when he is trying to protect others. I also thought Mara Wilson did a great job playing Susan. She had a good career as a child including playing Matilda and this is one of her finest roles. Sometimes children aren't very believable but she does a great job. She is cute and plays the slightly precocious and grown up child easily. The other actors in the film also do a great job.

          The film is 109 minutes long which is just the right length for you to keep interest. It is rated a U and is suitable for everyone but I would say some scenes could potentially be a bit upsetting for children.

          The DVD can be purchased for around £5 and is certainly worth this, it is a DVD that I will continue to get out every year to get me in the Christmas mood.

          Overall Miracle on 34th Street is a great Christmas film with a good story and the best Santa Claus in any Christmas film I have seen.

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            21.12.2009 10:26
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            Kris Kringle must prove Santa is real and he is him

            I think that it is fast becoming a Christmas tradition that this film is now shown every year around this time. I was in for a shock this year when I sat down to watch it though as my eldest, William who is 7, can and snuggled up and sat and watched the whole thing and thoroughly enjoyed ever bit of it.

            This is a FILM ONLY review.

            Kris Kringle is a happy old man who lands himself a job working as Santa in Coles department store. It is here he meets young Susan who is the daughter of one of the top employers at Coles. Susan has now been told by her mother that Santa is not real so she no longer believes in him. Coles store is under pressure from a rival company who is trying to buy them out but luckily for them Kris Kringle is such a massive success at the store he helps to start to save them. He tells people where to find the toys which their children ask for at the lowest possible price.

            Susan is also taken by Kris as she thinks he is a lovely man but she still does not believe in him as her last Christmas wish went unanswered, all she wanted is a Father, Brother and new house. Kris decides that he will use Susan, her mother and friend Bryan as a test case and prove to them that Santa is actually real. Things go wring for Kris though when he is arrested for assaulting a man who initially attacked him and he faces being sent to a mental institute.

            Will Bryan be able to make people believe he is the real Santa and will Kris be able to prove to Susan and her mother that he is the real thing and make her Christmas wish come true?

            I really have only given a brief outline to the plot of this film and have left a lot unsaid as I do not want to spoil it for any one who many not have seen the film yet, although I cannot imagine there are many who have not seen this film!

            I have to say that I really do love this film, no matter how many times I watch it I still come away with a lovely warm and festive feeling. This year was even more special for me as my eldest sat and watched it with me which for me was wonderful. I think the storyline is great and works very well. I know it has a lot of talk about Santa not being real and I thought that this may cause problems with my boys as they all still believe but it did not.

            Richard Attenborough took the lead role of Kris Kringle and I have to say he did an amazing job. He looked so real and the manor in which he carried himself was excellent. He really did make me believe he was the real thing and I loved how he worked with all the children in the film. I think he was by far the best in the film. He also worked well with Mara Wilson who played the young Susan. She too was very good, I did find she seemed to old for her age but this is what the makers were going for as her mother made he older by telling her a lot of truths about life which she is too young to know. I think she managed to put some fun into the film which was needed and I loved how cute she looked. There were a lot of other actors in the film and I think they all did good jobs and managed to bring so much to the film and gave the storyline some depth.

            The film was set in America and in the present, well in 1997 when this film was made, so not much effort was needed with the sets and costumes. I have to say the Santa Suit was wonderful and I loved how Attenborough actually grew the beard for the role as this made him look so much more realistic. The scenes in the grotto in the department store were lovely and looked very bright and festive which my little boy did enjoy seeing. The music to the film was all very good, we had a mix of festive well known songs to some lovely and moving classical songs. I think it all helped with the emotions and themes of the storyline.

            The running time of this film is 114 minutes and I have to say this is just about right as I think that if it was any longer children will start to loose interest and not be able to sit still for any longer. The certificate is a PG and I have to say I personally find this is suitable for children of all ages. My 5 year old did start to watch it but soon got bored and went off playing. As I said before this is a film only review so there are no DVD features to speak of but this is available on DVD in Tesco for just £3.

            Overall I cannot rate this film highly enough. It has a wonderful magical Christmas story and excellent acting. I think this may even melt the coldest of hearts. Definitely a film for the whole family to share at Christmas time.

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              20.12.2009 23:17
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              Remake of the 1940s film of the same name

              This is a lovely little film that is perfect for this time of year. Full of festivity and that warm, fuzzy feeling that Christmas can give you, Miracle On 34th Street is a remake of a film of the same name, this time starring Richard Attenborough as a department store Santa who goes on trial after an assault.

              The strange thing about the film is that the main reason for him ending up in court is kind of irrelevant. The whole thing is geared towards putting Attenborough's Kris Kringle on the stand, under fire, and defying anyone to say Santa doesn't exist. The magic feeling exuded by the defence, aiming to show he could well be the real Santa, is the main feel good factor, and Attenborough does a fantastic job.

              He is ably supported not just by the adult cast around him such as Elizabeth Perkins and J T Walsh, but also by the child actor Mara Wilson, who plays the 6 year old girl who dares to believe Santa is real. It really is a lesson in fairy tales for us grumpy adults who have had the bubble burst, and a timely reminder of what the festive season can be for kids who get caught up in the magic.

              I'm a big kid at heart, and this time of year sees me wanting to spend the whole period in front of some decent TV with a stupid amount of beer, wine and loved ones. I fully intend to do so, and watching this today was a great start to my couple of weeks' holiday until I return to the murky depths of work in the dark on 5th January.

              Until then, films such as this magical one will continue to raise a smile to my face. The occasional Christmas song, as well as some nice panoramic festive shots with snow covering the sidewalks really get you in the mood, and the whole department store Santa thing seems like the best (and worst) job in the world, watching this. There are religious connotations as well as the fantasy element, and bringing a courtroom drama notion into it makes it seem a bit more realistic. The occasional Santa outburst within these scenes seems almost out of place, and at times we are reminded of just how far fetched the plot is in a way, but nothing can escape the magical feel that this gives you.

              Overall, I find it one of the better films to watch over the Christmas period. It really is heartwarming, and with festive songs, visuals and a certain amount of intrigue and suspense involved, you can't really go wrong. It's not a perfect film, but it's great for right about now, and I recommend you give it a whirl. It's currently available from amazon.co.uk for £3.98, which is a great price for a great film.

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                A wonderful Christmas treat for viewers of all ages.

                A remake of the 1947 classic of the same name, Miracle on 34th street tells the story of young Susan Walker (Mara Wilson) and her encounter with the magical Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough - possibly the best Santa Claus ever).

                The film follows the two through one special Christmas, as pessimistic, old soul Susan [who does not believe in Santa; as she was told the 'secret' by her mother] meets the special Kris, a 'department store' Santa who believes he's the real thing. What ensues is a heartwarming story of love, magic, and most importantly, belief.

                Mircale on 34th Street is an excellent film that embodies all the wonder, love and togetherness of Christmas. While it can be criticised for being overly sentimental and emotional, is this not what the season is about? Yes, there is a lot of sentiment, and yes there is much emotion, but these combine to make an excellent and enjoyable film that will undoubtedly bring together families at the holidays - just like a good Christmas film should. The final scene in particular will give anyone a wonderfully warm feeling inside.

                The performances from Wilson and Attenborough are undoubtedly the best in the film, and the bond they forge is touching. Attenborough is especially good as 'Santa'; his enigmatic nature and joyous persona are clearly visible throughout the film, and his performance is both funny and moving - the scene with the little deaf girl especially so (it gets me every time). Elizabeth Perkins and Dylan McDermott are excellent in their roles as Sarah's mother, and propsective father; they add the romance portion of the film, and their story, unlike many in the genre, seems earnest and genuine, adding much of the films family appeal.

                It must be said, this is not just a simple, happy, feel good film; there is a lot of drama thrown in that keeps the film from descending into another 'head-in-the-clouds', fantasy film bent on shoving happiness and joy down your throat - the scenes in particular when Kris is involved in some trouble are particularly dramatic. The story seems more real than most Christmas films, like it could happen to anyone; ok, so it's about Santa Claus, but there is still a strong feel that these events could actually take place.

                Ultimately, this film is a wonderful and heartwarming one that will make any Christmas seem happier, and will spread holiday cheer throughout the family.

                DVD wise, the features are none existant - interactive menus and scene selection aside - but this is a DVD that is well worth buying for the film alone. Everyone, especially those with young children, should buy this for a wonderful and magical Christmas treat.

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                17.12.2008 14:04
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                timeless classic

                This remake of the classic Christmas film 'Miracle On 34th Street' is a festive favourite of mine. It stars Sir Richard Attenborough as Santa Clause. It tells the story of a kindly old man who believes that he is Santa Clause. The only problem he faces is getting everyone else to believe this too!
                Kriss Kringle (Richard Attenborough) gets a job as a department store Santa and meets a little girl who dosen't believe that Santa exists. When some people find out that he truly does believe he is Santa, they try to say that he is insane. In the end the little girl along with everyone else believes! Brilliant, heart warming Christmas film! I would recommend this film to anyone and everyone, especially coming up to the Christmas period because it gets everyone in the festive mood and is a great film to sit down and watch with the whole family, no matter what age!

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                  Santa comes to town to spread some Christmas magic.

                  If you have read any of my other reviews, you may get the feeling that I am a sucker for Christmas movies and this one, quite frankly is one of the best. Miracle on 34th Street is the ultimate charming, feelgood festive film.

                  Susan Walker (the fabulous Mara Wilson) is a serious, intelligent and very switched on 6 year old. She has a mother that loves her very much but she doesn't have a father and because her mum, Dorey (played by Elizabeth Perkins), doesn't want to lie to her she has been told that Santa Claus isn't real.

                  Dorey Walker is an executive at the struggling Coles department store, which is responsible for putting on the annual thanksgiving parade. She is close friends with Bryan Bedford (Dylan McDermott) a lawyer, but scared of she and Susan being hurt she holds their friendship/relationship moving forward, despite Bryan clearly caring deeply for them both.

                  Just before the parade an old gentleman called Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) is horrified when he realises Coles' usual Santa is drunk and when he then also disgraces himself infront of the assembled crowds, Dorey convinces a slightly bemused Mr Kringle to take over as Coles' Santa. Kringle proves to be a huge success and by far the most authentic Santa. He seems to believe himself to be Santa (his employment records even stating the North Pole as his home address). Bryan, wanting to try and instill a little magic into Susan's life takes her to see Mr Kringle at Coles. This calls her to question whether her mother was correct when she said Santa wasn't real. When she puts this to Dorey, her Mum suggests that Susan asks Mr Kringle for something that she would never ask her for and if on Christmas morning her wish is granted then she was right to believe in Santa and Dorey will accept it also. Later Susan asks Mr Kringle for a father, a baby brother and a big house. Quite a tall order even for Santa!

                  Set against all this, are the machinations of a rival department store. Hoping that Coles will have a bad christmas and he will be able to buy out the store in the new year, Victor Landbergh (Joss Ackland) sends his executives out to discredit Mr Kringle and Coles.

                  When Kris is set up and arrested on an assault charge, Dorey rouses the ranks of Coles behind him in support and asks Bryan to represent him. The court case suddenly become less to do with the original assault and more to do with Mr Kringles state of mind and whether Santa actually exists.

                  Now I won't spoil the ending but it is a Christmas movie so I am sure you can guess most of what happens. The predictability of this movie takes nothing away from its appeal. It is full of warmth and humour. Richard Attenborough was perfectly cast as Kris Kringle. He is such a believable Santa full of charm and wit. We, as viewers, understand how much the character genuinely cares for the children and wants to spread the generosity of spirit sometimes only evident at Christmas time.
                  Mara Wilson is also perfectly cast as Susan; she can be so serious and yet has such an open and expressive face. Her cheekiness is irrepressable and you really want all Susan's christmas wishes to come true.

                  Possibly one of my favourite parts of this movie is the scene at Coles when Santa is visited by a young deaf girl. Her mother has a quick word with Mr Kringle and assures him he doesn't need to talk because her daughter won't be able to hear him and the fact that she will have spent time with him will be enough. Kris smiles, turns to the little girl and signs to her as he talks, asking her her name and what she would like for Christmas and then singing Jingle Bells with her. The look of sheer joy on the little girl's face as she realises she can atlast fully experience this festive tradition, the desperate thanks of her emotional mother and the look of wonder on Susan's face as she watches this unfold is pure gold and never fails to bring a tear to my eye or lump to my throat.

                  Christmas for me starts once I have seen this movie, it is a definate staple of festive season and a film that frankly I will never grow tired of.

                  Do YOU believe in Santa?

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                    A festive film for all the family.

                    This is one of the best christmas movies of all time in my opinion. Everything about it done in a very good fashion. I have watched this film many times and it certainly does have the magic of xmas about it. The story revolves around a little girl and her mum who is in charge of Coles Toy shop. unknown to the mother, she employs the real father christmas to work in the department store and of course chaos insues before the inevitable feel good christmas finish.

                    The visuals of the film fit in well with the festive season that it is trying to portay. There is a lot of glitz and the film does have a sentimental side.

                    To conclude, if you have never seen this film on television then why not buy the DVD, turn on the xmas lights and indulge yourself in the magic of xmas - just as you did as a child.

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                      A magical tale about a young girl

                      Is this, or is it not the ultimate christmas film! I adore it. Me and my brother, for years have watched this in the early hours of the morning due to excitement for christmas day. We still do it too!! If you are having trouble getting into crimbo mood.. watch this. I love Mara Wilson, the perfect child actress for the role of Susan Walker, a sweet little girl whose mother has always taught her not to believe in santa claus. Until along come the real Kris Kringle!! He truly does make this little girls dreams come true when she gets the father, house and brother she's always dremt about. And her faith in santa is installed in her. The film is truly magical. The scene where Brian and Dorey get married in the church is so perfect. From the very beginning of the film, you urge them to unite.

                      I dare you to watch it and not love it!!

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                        A great family film to watch for christmas

                        With being only 3-4 weeks until Christmas, I like many other people am really not in the Christmas spirit, as much as I'm trying to be its just not happening. I'm no scrooge or anything but it just doesn't feel like the run up to Christmas. Every year there always one film I watch to get me in the mood and that's - Miracle on 34th street.

                        Growing up I used to adore this film, and would sometimes even watch it during the summer, because I loved the magic and intensity it brought to me. The storyline we know can never come true, but the writers made us feel like it did. So what makes this film such a household classic that both adults and children love. Well for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of watching it, let me tell you a little bit about this magical film.

                        == Miracle on 34th street==

                        ~Cast
                        Richard Attenborough- Kris kringle
                        Elizabeth Perkins- Dorey Walker
                        Dylan Mc Dermott- Bryan Bedford
                        Mara Wilson- Susan Walker

                        ~The plot~

                        Dorey Walker co-runs one of the biggest department stores in America- Coles. It is the run up to Christmas and they need to find a Santa clause, as their original one seems to have a little drinking problem, and during the big thanksgiving parade makes a fool out of himself.

                        Dorey during the parade spots an elderly gentleman who looks just like the real thing! She runs after him and asks whether he would play Santa. He agrees and whilst filling in forms she discovers that his real name is Kris Kringle, a bit shocked she thinks nothing else of it, until he starts acting like Santa. Of course no one believes him and thinks that he is a tad loopy. But in the back of dorey's mind she does have slight positive thoughts that he could be.

                        Susan- Dorey's daughter, is a normal ordinary little girl, her mother has brought her up to believe that Santa isn't real; she is quite smart for he age being an only child. Her mum and dad spilt up when she was little and her only wish is that she has a proper family.

                        Dorey has an admirer- Bryan Bedford who's a top lawyer they go out a few times and Susan grows very fond of him, but Dorey really isn't that interested. Bryan takes Susan to see Kris one day, and then starts to believe himself that he is real. This then changes Susan's mind also.

                        With Kris Kringle being such a hit at Coles, the stores rivals aren't happy because their profits are going down. The stores two owners decide to set Kris up and frame him for an attack on a drunken guy, in which he gets sent to jail and has to await trail. Bryan having grown fond of him takes on his case and helps him try to prove to everyone he's innocent and that he's the real Santa clause. But this proves harder than it looks because who's going to believe that there is a real Santa clause. Kris also promises to help Bryan out, by match-making him with Dorey.

                        So will Susan get her Christmas wish of having a real family, or will no-one ever believe that Kris Kringle is Santa, and just think he is an old loopy man thinking he is??

                        ==what I thought==

                        Like I previously mentioned before I love this film, the storyline gets us gripped from start to end. I think with it being such a mythical plot, it makes us want to believe that it's actually real and that Santa clause really does exist.

                        Being set in America, in the run up to Christmas, some scenes make it seem like a fairy tale, what with the snow, decorations, and people rushing around shopping. It really is something that you would only see in films. With the scenes of Kris in court trying to defend himself, and how more and more people in the city getting together to support him, because they start to believe in him, really does make it a warming Christmas movie. Not only do we get to follow a story of a man wanting to prove that he is Santa, in-between there are other little stories that bring the whole film together.

                        I think Mara Wilson (Susan) plays her character brilliantly, known for her role in Matilda, it just shows what a great up and coming actress she is. Even though when the film was made she was still young, i think these days' people will always associate her with this film.

                        If you haven't yet had chance to watch it, I would defiantly recommend it. I think it's on Channel four this coming Sunday, which gives you an option of sampling it before you buy.
                        All in all a great family film, that really gets you into the spirit of things.

                        == My rating== 10/10

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                          26.11.2008 12:30
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                          Do you believe in Santa Clause?

                          Another film that just makes Christmas complete. I was a little girl when this film was released, and i loved it.

                          ** Storyline**

                          The story is about a little girl called Susan who is not sure whether Santa Clause is real. Susans mother Dorey Walker is the Director Of Events at Cole's Department Store , she is not a beliver of Santa Clause, and doesn't really like her daughter believing too. However, when Dorey hires an elderly gentleman to play Santa Clause at her deparment store, she is shocked to see he believes he is the 'real' Santa Clause. Now, is he the real Santa Clause or is he just a nutter thinking he is. Santa Clause soon starts changing Susans mind, and soon she starts beliveing Santa Clause is real, and he works at Coles.

                          When Santa is set up by a rival department store, Susan helps Santa prove he is the real santa, and keep the spirit of Christmas alive, and to help others BELIEVE again!!! Do you believe in Santa Clause??

                          ** My Thoughts**

                          I love any Christmas movie, but this is one of my favourites. Everything about this film is great, the storyline is fab, and the characters make this film come alive.

                          Richard Attenborough who plays Kris Kringle (Santa Clause) and Mara Wilson who plays Susan Walker really do prove their acting skills in this movie.

                          This film is a remake of the black and white version from the 1947 version.

                          The film is great for all the family, young or old, everybody will love to sit and watch the film at Christmas time.

                          ** The Main Cast**

                          Richard Attenborough - Kris Kringle
                          Elizabeth Perkins - Dorey Walker
                          Dylan McDermott - Bryan Bedford
                          Mara Wilson - Susan Walker

                          ** Prices and where to buy this movie from**

                          I have had a look around online, and have found this movie the cheapest at Amazon.co.uk priced at £4.98.

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                            If you believe in Santa Claus, he may just make your dreams come true!

                            There are some movies that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and this feelgood Christmas film is certainly one of those. Featuring the wonderfully talented Richard Attenborough in the lead role, this remake of the 1947 classic asks an age old question- Does Santa Claus really exist?

                            The movie centres around Attenborough in the role of Kris Kringle, an elderly gentleman plucked from obscurity and thrust into the limelight when he is hired as the newest Santa Claus for New York's oldest department store, Cole's. Elizabeth Perkins co-stars as Dorey Walker, a single mother responsible for discovering Kringle's talent.

                            Dorey has taught Susan, her young daughter, from an early age that Santa Claus does not exist. Independent and cautious, Dorey is pursued by her friend and neighbour, Bryan Bedford, played by Dylan McDermott. The will-they, won't-they romance between Dorey and Bryan provides a sweet sub-plot to the main storyline.

                            Scenes between Attenborough and Mara Wilson, who plays Susan, are rather extraordinary in the sense that Wilson seems to fit perfectly with this iconic actor. As Mr. Kringle shows Susan that believing in magic can bring her greatest wishes to life, she in turn shares the secret of what she truly wants for Christmas- a family. It is this tentative friendship that helps Kringle with his greatest battle- proving that he is not crazy, that he really is Santa Claus.

                            A great family film, Miracle on 34th Street comes highly recommended!

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