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Directed by Les Mayfield
Starring
  • Richard Attenborough
  • Elizabeth Perkins
  • Dylan McDermott
  • Mara Wilson
Screenplay by
  • George Seaton
  • John Hughes
Genre Family, Fantasy
Certificate

PG

UK Release Date 2nd December 1994

Summary

When tasked with hiring the Santa who will pose with kids at Macy’s, Dorey (Elizabeth Perkins) enlists a man with the curious name of Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) who claims to be Santa himself.

Is The Plot Interesting?

The plot is very Christmassy and is actually quite realistic in some ways. It’s also quite gripping, which is quite unusual for family Christmas movies. It appeals to both adults and kids.

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Is The Acting Good?

Richard Attenborough plays a brilliant Santa Claus, nobody could have been better in the role. Mara Wilson also gives an entertaining, sweet and caring performance – and at such a young age.

Is The Directing Good?

To make Miracle On 34th Street, a family Christmas movie, this gripping, yet fun and entertaining for children, requires a certain type of director. And Les Mayfield gets this balance perfectly.

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Is The Cinematography Good?

The cinematography links with the overall mood of the movie and develops along with the movie. Although I do think Miracle On 34th StreetĀ could have been more powerful if the cinematography had been used in a more creative way.

Is It Worth Watching?

Miracle On 34th Street is a Christmas classic that can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. It’s a heartwarming film that has great directing and great performances all around.

3/5

Would it please the court if I gave you your Christmas card? I don’t think I’ll see you again. Unless I get arrested which is highly unlikely because it’s Christmas Eve and I’m going to bed uncharacteristically early.

– Mara Wilson as Susan Walker

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