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'Tis The Season For Christmas Movies

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

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Directed By:
George Seaton

Starring:
Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood, Gene Lockhart and Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle

Not Rated
Genre: Fantasy/Drama
Format Used: Netflix DVD
Contains: Mild Violence

Also Known As:
Big Heart, The (UK)

THE PLOT:

Kris Kringle is in New York to check out the Thanksgiving Day perade and finds the actor hired to play Santa drunk, angry he club him on the head with his cane.

Needing to find a replacement, they ask Kris to take the sleigh, which he does. He such a natural, they make him the store Santa where he meets a young Lady who has doubts Santa exists.

To make matters worse, when they find out he thinks he is Santa, they arrest him and place his identity on Trail. Can he prove he is the real Saint Nick in time for Christmas?

ZEDD'S OPINION:

This has some powerful perfomances from a great cast including Edmund Gwenn from THEM! fame and Natalie Wood of THE GREAT RACE fame. It also gives the reason Santa, if there is a Santa doesn't come out into the open, he would be locked up as a nut. I think this is a great classic, if a little on the dramatic and the slow side. I give MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, 8 STARS.

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I agree with Zedd, this is a masterpiece of drama. I wish they had more Fantasy about it. But if you like drama, then this is for you. I give it 7 STARS

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ PERFORMANCES (Some great performances from a great cast)
+ GREAT CAST (A great cast of vetren actors and Natalie Wood in her first major film)
+ STORY (Santa on trail for sanity, that makes sense)
+ INTENSE DRAMA (If you like intense Court Room drama, then this is for you)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- SLOW (We both wished it had more Fantasy and less Drama)
- DRY (Being mostly drama, it is kind of dry)

AND FINALLY...

- CHRISTMAS (If you don't celebrate this Religous Holiday, then this isn't the movie for you)

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