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Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street
Mara Wilson, Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott and Alvin Greenman

Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: November 18, 1994 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire) is irresistible as six-year-old Susan Walker. She carries the part as well as Natalie Wood did in the 1947 version. Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park) is equally effective as Kriss Kringle.

The story is of a little girl who doesn't believe in Santa and Kriss Kringle, who has begun to lose the spirit of Christmas in the modern world. Most of the good of the original is retained. The salvation of Kringle by the post office is changed and it was better in the original, but the small changes do not diminish the spirit and warmth of the story.

Young Susan lives with her mother (Elizabeth Perkins) a department store executive who has taught her daughter to be realistic about life and not to believe in Santa Claus and other such things. Dylan McDermott is a young lawyer who pursues Susan's mom while defending Kriss Kringle in court. Alvin Greenman, who played the young janitor who wanted to be a Santa in the 1947 version, has a small part as the doorman in this production.

Even after 47 years the story retains its charm and universal appeal; that the hopes and dreams of children can come true.

In the Christmas season, share the miracle of this timeless dream that is usually reserved only for children.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Miracle on 34th Street  B+                        B+ 

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