Prancer film poster

The poster for the film's theatrical release

Prancer is a 1989 Christmas film, directed by John Hancock. It is set in Three Oaks, Michigan, where town exteriors were filmed. Filming also occurred in LaPorte, Indiana, and at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois. It is originally set to produced by Dino Dr Laurentiis and presented by Cineplex Odeon Film's, but due to the regine change it is was produced by Dino's daughter Raffaella through her prodco and presented by Nelson Entertainment through distribution by Orion Pictures.

It was followed in 2001 by Prancer Returns, a direct-to-video sequel released by USA Home Entertainment.


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Jessica Riggs is an 8-year-old girl whose mother has recently died of an unknown illness and is in the not very adequate care of her rough, quiet, protective father, John. In the Christmas season, she finds a hurt reindeer who she believes to be Prancer and sets herself on nursing him back to health. A deep bond grows between them. She is helped by a friendly old veterinarian, befriends the old town recluse, and comes to forge a closer relationship with her older brother, Steve.

Jessica & John often clash after he discovers Prancer living in the shed near their house and, despite his revealing brief moments of deep love for her, he does not understand her special love for helping Prancer. After a misunderstanding, he sells him to the local butcher temporarily. His walls of hard feelings begin breaking down and he and Jessica finally forge a deep, loving bond. She, after several emotional and physical struggles between her best friend, Carol Wetherby, her family, and the town, manages to cure Prancer and set him free, where he is seen flying into the sky to rejoin Santa's other seven reindeer on Christmas Eve.


In 2013, Intrara Records released an album containing Maurice Jarre's full score for the film, as the 259th volume of their Special Collection album series. The track listing was as follows:

#Track titleLength
1"Silent Night" & "Main Title Music"5:56
3"Limpy Reindeer 1:35
4"Reindeer Cookies"7:25
5"No Circus Deer"3:46
6"Christmas Star"5:00
7"Theme From Nabucco 2:15
8"Prancer Picnic"2:32
9"Leaving Home"7:00
10"Mysteries Of Love"3:19
11"Prancer is Free" & "End Credits"7:39


Actor/actress Character(s)
Sam ElliottJohn Riggs
Cloris LeachmanMrs. McFarland
Rutanya AldaAunt Sarah
Abe VigodaOrel Benton
Michael ConstantineMr. Stewart
Rebecca Tickell*Jessica Riggs
John Joseph DudaSteve Riggs
Ariana Richards*Carol Wetherby
Mark RolstonHerb Drier
Johnny GaleckiBilly Quinn
Walter CharlesMinister
Victor TruroMr. Young
Marcia PorterMrs. Fairburn
Loren JanesMr. Soot
Robert ZimmermannWagnall
Shirley StarnesMrs. Hofsetter
Michael LucianoBert
Jesse Bradford
Eric Sardeson
Joseph MoranoBoy with Santa
Belinda Bremner Miss Bedelia
Terry JayjackMrs. Wetherby
Steven PresslerHank
Dale BalsbaughMr. Wood
Sandra OlsonTown Woman
Dan AthertonTown Man
Boo (Reindeer)Prancer
Bobby Porter
Bethany Richards

* - Nominated for the 1990 Young Artists Awards

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