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Miracle on 34th Street

Released May 2, 1947 1h 36m Holiday Comedy Drama TRAILER for Miracle on 34th Street: Trailer 1 List Miracle on 34th Street: Trailer 1 Miracle on 34th Street: Trailer 1 2:01 View more videos
96% Tomatometer 52 Reviews 87% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain's main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Irrefutable proof that gentle sentimentalism can be the chief ingredient in a wonderful film, Miracle on 34th Street delivers a warm holiday message without resorting to treacle.

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Sara Michelle Fetters MovieFreak.com Miracle on 34th Street is the gift that keeps on giving. Rated: 4/4 Dec 21, 2022 Full Review Kate Cameron New York Daily News It is light, it is charming, it is delightfully funny and completely captivating. It is all that, and something more. Rated: 4/4 May 11, 2015 Full Review Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune A Christmas season evergreen. Rated: 3.5/4 Dec 4, 2013 Full Review Tim Dirks Filmsite Director George Seaton's popular and perennial Thanksgiving and Christmas classic holiday film was a dramatic comedy-fantasy about the commercialization of Santa Claus (Kris Kringle) and Christmas itself. The sentimental and appealing Rated: A+ Oct 12, 2022 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins A sentimental, heartwarming piece, designed to be a fluffy bit of yuletide entertainment. Rated: 8/10 Sep 22, 2022 Full Review Carson Timar ButteredPopcorn For those looking for a strong and wholesome holiday special, it is hard to find much better than Miracle on 34th Street. Rated: A Aug 28, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Michael S If I could give a movie more than five stars, this would be the one. I watch it every Christmas. No CGI, no special effects, just tremendous acting all across the board. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/11/24 Full Review Jeff M There are very few things in life I know for sure. But I know for sure that Edmund Gwenn will be Santa Claus in my heart for as long as I live. It's an absolutely transcendent Oscar-winning performance that seems to go beyond mere acting into something other-worldly. His is one of my very favorite Academy Award wins of all time. And as for the movie itself, well, I think it's basically flawless. I can't think of a single thing I would change, and I can't think of another movie with so many iconic moments that move and inspire me upon every single viewing. I've said before that I've never seen as luminous an actress as O'Hara, and she is as radiant as always and has the biggest arc in the movie. Natalie Wood gives one of the great child performances ever, ably projecting precociousness without becoming cloying or grating. And in many ways, Payne is the unsung hero of the story in a wonderfully generous and understated performance. There are at least half a dozen scenes and moments that I will never forget, from Gwenn's joyous expression when the mailbags are brought in to the courtroom to O'Hara's post script in Wood's letter to Santa to the remarkable scene when Gwenn communicates to the little Dutch girl in her native language. This movie is like a warm blanket in front of a roaring fire, and I can't imagine the holidays without it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review Andrew K This is the first time I have seen this movie since I was a child and I have to say, I liked it a lot more now than I did when I was a kid. What a joyful and heartfelt movie with a lovely message for Christmas. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/28/23 Full Review Tom R Really a lovely film. I thought it was witty and deserves its holiday classic status. Ending was sweet and had some good fun along the way. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/25/23 Full Review John Paul I Just a great movie about a question we all face at one time, does Santa Clause exist? The ending will fill you with joy to know……. He does exist. In all of us. Merry Christmas Everyone! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/25/23 Full Review Yash B "Miracle on 34th Street" is a timeless and sweet holiday classic. This type of movie is just good for the soul and it's easy to see why it has been a beloved movie to watch during the holidays for so many. The movie has a solid premise that is genuinely engaging, but also a good positive message. I do think it is a movie that does feel a bit older in some ways, but it is paced a lot better than a lot of films from this era, and it held my interest the whole way through. Overall, it is a movie that is full of smiles and good-natured moments, and I can definitely see myself watching it again in a future holiday season. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain's main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.
Director
George Seaton
Producer
William Perlberg
Screenwriter
George Seaton
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Production Co
Twentieth Century Fox
Genre
Holiday, Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 2, 1947, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 1, 2013
Runtime
1h 36m
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