Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

DVD - 2006
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The real Santa is hired by Macy's to play the department store's Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but has to prove in court that he is who he says he is.

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akirakato
Jan 13, 2021

One of the best X'mas movies and an irresistible fable.

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 23, 2020

There are really just a handful of Christmas movies threat are worthwhile. This is the true classic, better than any of the remakes. To me, its not Christmas until I see Its a Wonderful Life, and this movie.

Do yourself a favor, ignore all the remakes and watch this. Edmund Gwynne makes you want to really believe he is Santa. Great roles by Maureen O'Hara ( whom I could watch all day anyway), and Natalie Wood. Combines love elements, a pointed commentary on faith, humor, and a little bit of suspense ( not much, but enough to make it fun). Detractors would say it is predictable and I cannot argue with that, but I also believe that it is part of the magic of the film.

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RoyalJellyIII
Dec 19, 2020

----Miracle on 34th Street is a beautifully written gem of a picture, with a pitch-perfect balance between cynicism and human kindness. Edmund Gwenn IS Santa Claus in his Academy Award-winning performance, and Natalie Wood belies the oft-repeated criticism of the overly-acted, under-performing "child actor," by delivering a performance that is at once as believable as it is tender.-----One performance to especially watch for: Gene Lockhart as Judge Harper; he is absolutely hilarious as a jurist of the Supreme Court of New York, worried about his reelection chances if he rules that Santa doesn't exist. William Frawley, as Harper's political guru is also especially effective.
--- Miracle on 34th Street does not represent "great art" or a larger-than-life subject matter, but it does represent something far more precious: the enduring human need of faith, and the bounty one reaps from small acts of kindness.

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BBRUTTIG
Dec 13, 2020

Simply THE BEST one.... 1947 B & W classic Xmas tale. Funny, witty, great story & acting. Rated G. U gotta watch this. Is he or isn't he??

ArapahoeSarah Nov 24, 2020

This is an endearing Christmas classic from 1947--a sweet story that brought tears to my eyes a few times.

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natalkaanna
Jan 08, 2020

Colorized and closed captioning.

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diversekitty
Dec 22, 2019

I watched the black and white version and....lol. It's good. It's got the old time humour. The best part, it's clean! And it was shocking/funny when Santa hit a man for saying Santa didn't exist...oh my gosh. XD There's no torture, violence, or anything sexual. So it's a win in my book. I recommend.

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

I may be in the minority, but I absolutely LOVE this movie! There is only one minor detail that could (and probably should)have been left out. That aside, this is a wonderful Christmas movie that will warm your heart. Mara Wilson is incredible as Susan, and gives a great performance. The two things I love most about this movie are (1)It's full of vivid colors (2)The elements of romance between Mara's mother and Brian (Dylan McDermott), who plays her on-again, off-again boyfriend. The story isn't just about a girl whose mother taught her not to believe in Santa Claus. It's also about her mom, wanting to trust and love someone again. Judging from the other reviews, I'm the only one, but I definitely recommend this film.

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kirareuban
Apr 01, 2019

I think that it is a good idea to watch the black and white copy before the coloured copy. I say that because that is what I did yesterday , I thought that the B. W. Copy was more chistmasy than the colour copy. It has the Christmas feeling to it.

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Janice21383
Dec 31, 2017

1947's Miracle On 34th Street was made at an interesting time: immediately after WW II, when people desired warmth and reassurance, and between the highs of 1930s and early 1940s comedy, and the lows of 1950s smarm. It has a lot going for it: an Oscar-winning performance by Edmund Gwen, Natalie Wood, the most adorable skeptic ever, gorgeous black and white photography, and some sharp dialogue, especially about why you shouldn't teach children to believe what isn't true. A message which is quickly set aside, because: Santa! And this film has other messages, like: a woman should not be able to rear her child as she sees fit if she's a rational old meany head; it's okay to leave your child with multiple strange men, especially one who is mentally ill and attacks people with sticks; and psychologists are evil. And there is far more touching and kissing of other people's children than 2017 would stand for. Honestly, this is a sweet movie full of good intentions, and your family will probably enjoy it, but do discuss it afterwards.

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diversekitty
Dec 22, 2019

"Now he's gone too far!" Santa says, before he hits a man with a cane for telling children Santa doesn't exist.

Lol this movie doesn't have violence, but that moment was shocking and I find pretty funny.

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linoboy
Jan 25, 2017

Kris Kringle: To market, to market, to buy a fat pig! Home again, home again, jiggety-jig. To market, to market, to buy a fat hog! Home again, home again, jiggety-...

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Monolith
Jan 14, 2013

Mr. Shellhammer: "But... but maybe he's only a little crazy, like painters, or composers, or... or some of those men in Washington!"

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Monolith
Jan 14, 2013

Doris Walker: "Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."

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