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Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 theatrical film which is a remake adaptation of the 1947 classic of the same name. It was directed by Les Mayfield and was filmed in and around Chicago, due to the connections of producer/screenwriter John Hughes. This fact alone infuriated the owners of Macy's from allowing him to use their store name for this remake; a fictitious store named Cole's was used in its place. Also, since Gimbel's had gone out of business in 1987, another fictional store called Shopper's Express was used.

Synopsis

When Tony Falacchi, the Cole's Santa Claus, gets drunk before taking part in the Thanksgiving Day parade, Dorey Walker, the store's director of special events, fires him and must find a replacement immediately. She spots an old man berating the drunk Tony, and begs him to take over. He claims his name is Kris Kringle. He does so well during the parade that he is immediately hired to be the store's main Santa for the holiday period. All the children begin to believe that he is the real Santa, with the exception of Dorey's six-year-old daughter, Susan. Dorey's boyfriend and neighbor, Bryan Bedford, does his best to convince Susan to believe. While being babysat by Kris one night, she shares her Christmas wish with him. She would like a dad, a house (used every year for the Cole's catalog photoshoot) and a baby brother. He asks her if she got all those things, she would then begin to believe in Santa. She agrees that she would.

Kris is credited with bringing in many more sales to Cole's than previous years until one night, when he is arrested and sectioned for supposedly assaulting a man on the street. Later, the truth emerges, that the man he assaulted was Tony, who set him up to be arrested, with the help of staff from Shopper's Express.

With the help of Bryan, Dorey pushes Kris' case to court, and drums up support from him from the public. It soon becomes clear that to get him acquitted and freed, Bryan must prove that not only does Santa exist, but that Kris is the real one. It is a seemingly impossible task until he comes up with a plan that requires some help from Susan. The next day in court the proceeding is interrupted by her giving Judge Henry Harper a Christmas card with a $1 bill inside. He notices a red circle on a specific part of it, which says "In God We Trust". He realizes that it was issued like all money by the government which represents the people, and if they can believe in God enough to have this message printed on legal tender on faith alone without any physical proof then by that same logic he can say that Santa exists in the form of Kris Kringle.

Following the court case, Dorey and Bryan are manipulated by Kris into realizing their true feelings for each other, and married in a very small ceremony after the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass. On Christmas morning, Susan wakes to the news of the marriage and is elated to see that she has part one of her Christmas wish, a dad. Together, Susan, Dorey, and Bryan drive out to the catalog house and upon arrival, they find that Kris has arranged for them to purchase it. Susan, now having got two out of three of her wishes, excitedly runs into the house to look at her bedroom. Dorey and Bryan ask her what part three of her Christmas wish was, and she triumphantly announces that it was a baby brother. They both look at each other, shocked, before glancing down at Dorey's stomach. The film ends with the belief that Susan has now gained all three of her Christmas wishes.

Music

Songs

Score

The film's full score, composed and conducted by Bruce Broughton, was released by Intrada Records in 2002 as the eighth volume of their "Special Collection" album series. The track listing was as follows:

#Track titleLength
1Main Title2:46
2North Pole Moon1:16
3The Secret2:06
4Susan At The Window1:43
5The People We Love2:49
6Merry Mayfield1:59
7I Like It0:52
8Patty's Pleasure1:29
9As Real As Me0:58
10Charmin' Armin2:49
11The Mom And The Myth1:34
12 Completely Out Of His Mind1:11
13I'm a Symbol3:12
14Love Theme (Dan Higgins, soprano sax)1:42
15Susan's Christmas Wish3:05
16The Engagement Ring2:41
17A Big Fat Fake4:27
18The Bellevue Carol2:12
19Dorey Hires Counsel0:35
20I Disgraced Myself1:42
21Dorey's Plea1:21
22First Witness1:01
23Recess, Reconnoiter, Apologize2:33
24Leading the Witness1:15
25Summations4:00
26Susan's Christmas Card2:15
27Case Dismissed5:07
28Meet Me at St. Francis2:24
29Christmas Morning3:37
30Baby on the Way1:54

Cast

Actor/actressCharacter(s)
Richard Attenborough*Kris Kringle
Elizabeth PerkinsDorey Walker
Dylan McDermottBryan Bedford
J.T. WalshEd Collins
James RemarJack Duff
Jane LeevesAlberta Leonard
Simon JonesDonald Shellhammer
William WindomC.F. Cole
Mara WilsonSusan Walker
Robert ProskyJudge Henry Harper
Kathrine NarducciMother
Mary McCormackMyrna Foy
Allison JanneyWoman in Christmas Shop
Alvin GreenmanDoorman
Greg NoonanCmdr. Coulson
Byrne PivenDr. Hunter
Peter GeretyCop
Jack McGeeTony Falacchi
Joss AcklandVictor Landberg
Joe PentangeloBailiff
Mark Damiano IIDaniel
Casey WurzbachGrandson
Jennifer MorrisonDenice
Peter Siragusa ∆Cabbie
Samantha KriegerSami
Horatio SanzOrderly
Lisa SparrmanRebecca Collins
Kimberly SmithCourt Clerk
Mike Bacarella Santa
Harve Kolzow Businessman
Bianca Rose Pucci
Alexandra Michelle Stewart
Little Girls
Jimmy Joseph Meglio
Hank Johnson (uncredited)
Kyle Pittman (uncredited)
Little Boys
Margo BuchananAnother Mother
Bill BuellBand Director
Ron BeattiePriest
Paige Walker LeavellTricia
Rosanna Scotto, Michele Marsh,
Joe Moskowitz
Newsanchors
Lester Holt, Susie Park,
Janey Kauss
Newscasters
Uncredited
John D. Bair Parade turkey
Melinda Chilton
Peter D'Alessio
Reporters
Brian FerrariBalloon handler
Matthew T. GitkinBridge worker
Eliza HarrisIce skater
Robert OsladilPopcorn vendor
Antonio Polk
Richard Remppel
Court Reporters
April SandmeyerParade bystander
John ThurnerNewspaper Reporter

* - Nominated for a 1995 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

Home video releases

External links

20th Century Fox
Movies
Miracle on 34th Street (1955 remake) (1973 remake) (1994 remake) • Die HardDie Hard 2Home AloneHome Alone 2: Lost in New YorkGeorge Balanchine's The NutcrackerTrapped in ParadiseJingle All the WayHome Alone 4The Family StoneDeck the Halls12 Men of ChristmasHome Alone: The Holiday HeistJingle All the Way 2
Television episodes and specials
Live-action shows
"Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "Christmas Story" • "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip" • "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" • "Amends" • "Cookies for Santa" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "The 23rd" • "Glee, Actually" • "Santa" • "Previously Unaired Christmas"
Animated shows and specials
The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season" • "Bobby, It's Cold Outside"
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled"
Bless the Harts "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard"
Other cartoons "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other Reindeer • "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
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