The Christmas Star is a made-for-television movie, originally broadcast as an episode of The Disney Sunday Movie on December 14, 1986.
Horace McNickle is a two-time felon serving prison time for counterfeiting. On the week before Christmas, he escapes from prison dressed as Santa Claus due to his uncanny resemblance to St. Nick resulting from his long white beard and heavyset features. He hides out from the police in a nearby suburban neighborhood where he is befriended and helped by two local children who think he is the real Santa. He takes advantage of their naivete to help him get his counterfeit money hidden somewhere in a local department store while he develops kind-hearted feelings for his two con victims that make him slowly understand the true nature of Christmas.
Walt Disney Home Entertainment released the film on DVD on September 7, 2004.
|Ed Asner||Horace McNickle|
|Rene Auberjonois||Mr. Sumner|
|Jim Metzler||Stuart Jameson|
|Susan Tyrrell||Sara Jameson|
|Alan North||Captain Whittaker|
|Nicholas Van Burek||Billy Jameson|
|Vicki Wauchope||Trudy Jameson|
|Zachary Ansley||John Sumner|