Mir­a­cle on 34th Street

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While it doesn’t quite cap­ture the magic of the clas­sic 1947 sea­sonal fan­tasy, this up­date is cer­tainly an im­prove­ment on the 1973 made-for-tv ver­sion. Ably fill­ing the boots of orig­i­nal star Ed­mund Gwenn, Richard At­ten­bor­ough is per­fectly cast as the de­part­ment store Santa who is forced to go on trial to prove his san­ity when he claims to be the real Claus. The ap­peal­ing Mara Wil­son, who also shone in Mrs Doubt­fire and Matilda, takes over the role of the lit­tle girl who be­lieves him, played by Natalie Wood in the orig­i­nal. 1994, U,114MIN

MARA HAD JUST SEEN THE LINE-UP OF FILMS ON TV OVER CHRIST­MAS

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