Watch Miracle on 34th Street
- 1 hr 54 min
Miracle on 34th Street is a heartwarming holiday classic that was remade in 1994 from the original 1947 version. This Christmas movie revolves around a man named Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough), who is hired to play Santa Claus in New York City. He is hired by Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins), a no-nonsense single mother who works at Cole's, a department store. Kris quickly becomes a hit with the customers and the staff, but he does not see himself as just an actor playing Santa. He believes he is the real Santa Claus.
Dorey and her daughter Susan (Mara Wilson) are skeptical of Kris's claims but are slowly won over by his cheerful demeanor and seemingly magical abilities. Susan, who is curious and intelligent, is particularly drawn to Kris and is less cynical than her mother. She wants to believe in him and is eager to help him prove to the world that he is the real Santa Claus.
As Christmas approaches, Kris finds himself in legal trouble when he is accused of assaulting a man who insulted him. The issue becomes a public debate, and Kris's sanity is questioned. The case goes to court, and an attorney named Bryan Bedford (Dylan McDermott) is assigned to represent Kris. Bryan initially sees the case as a lost cause, but he begins to believe in Kris's innocence and tries to help him.
Kris's case goes to trial, and the court must decide whether he is the real Santa Claus, insane, or just an actor. The case becomes a national sensation, with people from all over the country rooting for Kris, hoping that he is indeed the real Santa Claus. In the end, the court decision delivers a delightful surprise that even the most cynical of viewers will enjoy.
The movie's cast is brilliant, with Richard Attenborough's portrayal of Kris Kringle being the standout performance. His warm, gentle and grandfatherly portrayal of Santa Claus is so convincing that viewers can't help but believe in him too. Elizabeth Perkins's performance as the skeptical and guarded Dorey is also noteworthy, and her progression from skeptic to believer is believable and heartwarming. Mara Wilson, who plays Susan, is charming as the young girl who is learning the true meaning of Christmas from the people around her.
The movie's soundtrack is filled with classic holiday music, and the set design is also superb, with Christmas lights and decorations everywhere. The cinematography captures the magic of the holiday season, and the script is witty, with clever references to popular holiday traditions and characters.
Miracle on 34th Street from 1994 is a perfect family movie that is bound to enchant and inspire viewers of all ages. It is a movie that succeeds in touching hearts worldwide and warming the hearts of anyone who watches it. It reinforces the idea of courage, hope, love, and magic which makes Christmas that bit more special. For those who have watched it, count yourselves blessed to have been part of the magic. For those who have not, trust that it is a film that you will be proud to place in your holiday classics collection.
Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 fantasy movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 54 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.