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The 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street is transplanted to the 1990s with few changes in this family-oriented remake. The screenplay by the prolific John Hughes sticks close to the original outline, centering on Macy's executive Dorey Walker Elizabeth Perkins and her young daughter Susan Mara Wilson, neither of whom much believes in the spirit of Christmas. Dorey is in charge of hiring Macy's Santas, including an old man named Kriss Kringle Richard Attenborough. He does a remarkably convincing job, and he...
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The 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street is transplanted to the 1990s with few changes in this family-oriented remake. The screenplay by the prolific John Hughes sticks close to the original outline, centering on Macy's executive Dorey Walker Elizabeth Perkins and her young daughter Susan Mara Wilson, neither of whom much believes in the spirit of Christmas. Dorey is in charge of hiring Macy's Santas, including an old man named Kriss Kringle Richard Attenborough. He does a remarkably convincing job, and he soon reveals that he actually believes himself to be Santa Claus. The authorities threaten to place the old man in an insane asylum, but a young lawyer comes to his defense. Meanwhile, Dorey and Susan find their own defenses melting and become reacquainted with the power of faith. Hughes and director Les Mayfield add a few modern touches, making Susan slightly more cynical and adding the requisite soulless corporate villains. Viewers familiar with the original may still prefer Edmund Gwenn's original Kris Kringle and consider the remake unnecessary, although the newer version reflects enough of the earlier film's spirit to prove entertaining to modern family audiences.
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  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • UPC: 086162868931
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Attenborough Kriss Kringle
Elizabeth Perkins Dorey Walker
Dylan McDermott Bryan Bedford
Mara Wilson Susan Walker
Robert Prosky Judge Harper
J.T. Walsh Ed Collins
James Remar Jack Duff
Jane Leeves Alberta Leonard
Simon Jones Shellhammer
William Windom C.F. Cole
Joss Ackland Victor Landbergh
Jack McGee Tony Falacchi
Joe Pentangelo Bailiff
Jenny Morrison Denice
Peter Siragusa Cabbie
Mike Bacarella Santa
Harve Kolzow Businessman
Bill Buell Band Director
Michele Marsh News Anchor
Alvin Greenman The Doorman
Allison Janney The Woman
Greg Noonan Cmdr. Coulson
Byrne Piven Dr. Hunter
Peter Gerety Cop
Technical Credits
Les Mayfield Director
Steve Arnold Art Director
William S. Beasley Executive Producer
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Raja Gosnell Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
John Hughes Producer, Screenwriter
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Kraner Production Designer
Julio Macat Cinematographer
Gregory L. McMurray Special Effects
Ben Nye Jr. Makeup
Kathy O'Rear Costumes/Costume Designer
Leslie Rollins Set Decoration/Design
William Ryan Executive Producer
George Seaton Screenwriter
Randy Suhr Asst. Director
Jamie Sue Weiss Makeup
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  • Posted November 1, 2014

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    Best Miracle on 34th Street movie ever. I did not like the old b

    Best Miracle on 34th Street movie ever. I did not like the old black and white version it was not because of Maureen Ohara at all. But the newer version of Miracle on 34th street is way much better hilarious and defiantly most of all a family kids movie so watch this version. Great and excellent cast. And there's not any parts I don't like of the whole movie  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good movie for family

    I bought this movie for my granddaughter after we rented it. It is a good movie for the holiday season and modernized for today. We all like Mara Wilson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Holiday Movie!

    Just a great all around Holiday movie! With great actors and theme!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Disagree

    I saw the old classic and loved this one more. I find it captures the sentiment of the story very well and Mara Wilson is wonderful to watch. Charming re-make and I recommend it highly. I watch it every year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay But Not Great. Lacks the Charm of The Original!

    I love the original black and white Miracle on 34th Street Movie that starred Maureen O'Hara, and Natalie Wood so I watched this remake and while it has a good cast and Mara Wilson is adorable it lacks the warmth and charm of the original and seemed a bit cold, cynical and shallow.

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    Posted October 17, 2009

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