Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

LES MAYFIELD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1994.  Twentieth Century Fox, Hughes Entertainment.  Screenplay by , , based on the 1947 screenplay by George Seaton, from a story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Marvelous update of the favourite Christmas classic is ruled by a superb performance by young . She plays a little girl who decides that the department store Santa Claus (Richard Attenborough) at Macy’s is the real thing, and nothing including her cynical mother () can convince her otherwise. Before she knows it, she is claiming all sorts of miraculous events as coming from him, and the entire city of New York turns its attention towards them in order to uncover whether or not it’s a hoax. It won’t be as well cherished by audiences as the original starring Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood, but it is a worthy holiday film for the whole family to enjoy. One beautifully filmed scene featuring Santa signing to a little deaf girl will have even the most hardened audience member wading in their own tears.

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