If you know the Clement Clark Moore poem, you'll know that Prancer is one of Santa Claus' "eight tiny reindeer." When 9-year-old Rebecca Harrell, who still believes in Santa despite the remonstrations of her parents and the taunts of her peers, stumbles across the selfsame Prancer in a remote part of the forest, no one will believe the girl. Later on, Harrell's no-nonsense father Sam Elliot comes across a wounded reindeer, he feels it his duty to put the suffering animal out of his misery. The deer, of course, is Prancer, and it magically vanishes before Elliot's startled eyes. Harrell nurses the deer back to health in secret, with the help of kindly doctor Abe Vigoda and her troublesome older brother John Joseph Duda. Harrell is determined to contact Santa and let him know where Prancer is, but her efforts only result in public humiliation for her father. But this is a Christmas film, and the spirit of goodwill is contagious by fadeout time, even transforming town-recluse Cloris Leachman into a warm-hearted social animal. Filmed in Indiana, Prancer isn't quite a classic, but it's perfect midwinter videocassette entertainment.~Hal Erickson
Refusing to give up her belief in Santa Claus, a child, Jessica Riggs (Rebecca Harrell), discovers a hurt reindeer in the woods, which she believes to be Prancer. With the help of a sympathetic veterinarian (Abe Vigoda), Jessica takes care of the wounded creature. It's supposed to be a secret.
Very heartwarming story about a little girl who finds an injured reindeer in the woods and tries to take care of it secretly from her father. The actress playing the little girl is very good in this role as is Sam Elliott who plays her crusty father. The hook in the story is that the girl believes this reindeer is actually Santa's reindeer Prancer - hence the name of the movie.
I finally found this on DVD. I have always loved this movie since the year it came out. I saw it in the theater as a child. The story is very touching and warms the heart. It is a great movie about a young girl who is very courageous and determined to save Prancer. She faces many obstacles and goes the extra mile.
This movie is by far one of my favorite Christmas movies. It has such a good message of hope and togetherness. It's sad, it's happy plus Sam Elliot is in it so it makes it so much better. The movie makes you feel cozy and makes you feel the magic of Christmas. So curl up on the couch with a cup of cocoa and a cozy blanket cause you are in for a treat.