1994's Miracle on 34th Street is a welcome addition to any holiday season. A remake of the classic holiday film, this 90's version stars Richard Attenborough as Kriss Kringle, a NYC department store Santa who may be more than he seems, Elizabeth Perkins as an executive at that dept store who has carved out a life with her daughter filled with riches but missing any true happiness and a young Dylan McDermott as her neighbor, a lawyer who loves her from a distance. The star of the film is little Mara Wilson as the daughter, Susan, the role that first made a young Natalie Wood famous in the original film. Wilson is a doll, with great delivery and a sweet performance. It's a story you know, but its delivered with some fresh (for the 90's) spins and with good holiday flavor. Attenborough IS the perfect Santa, Bruce Boughton's music score is excellent and its got a great warm happy ending for the whole family without boring the adults! Look for Allison Janney, Mary McCormack and Horatio Sanz in small, early roles in their careers. A sweet, heartfelt holiday film, we'll fill it's stocking with a solid A.
This one is a must watch every holiday season.