Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. She hides him in her barn and feeds him cookies, until she can return him to Santa. Her father finds him and decides to sell him to the butcher, not for venison chops, but as an advertising display.
Prancer is a 1989 American-Canadian children’s fantasy drama film directed by John Hancock, written by Greg Taylor, and starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Abe Vigoda, Michael Constantine, Rutanya Alda, Ariana Richards, and Rebecca Harrell. It is set in Three Oaks, Michigan, where town exteriors were filmed. Filming also occurred at the Old Republic House in New Carlisle, Indiana, La Porte, Indiana, and at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois.
Directed by: John D. Hancock
Starring: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda, Michael Constantine, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, John Duda, Ariana Richards, Johnny Galecki
Screenplay by: Greg Taylor
Production Design by: Chester Kaczenski
Cinematography by: Misha Suslov
Film Editing by: Dennis M. O’Connor, John Rosenberg
Costume Design by: Denny Burt
Set Decoration by: Judi Sandin
Art Direction by: Marc Dabe
Music by: Maurice Jarre
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
Release Date: November 17, 1989