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 Santa 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 naïveté 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.


Actor Character
Edward Asner Horace McNickle
Rene Auberjonois Mr. Sumner
Jim Metzler Stuart Jameson
Susan Tyrrell Sara Jameson
Karen Landry Clara
Alan North Captain Whittaker
Philip Bruns Lucky
Nicholas Van Burek Billy Jameson
Vicki Wauchope Trudy Jameson
Zachary Ansley John Sumner
Fred Gwynne Waters


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