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Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980)

An elderly widower relies on his daydreams and faith to get through a lonely Christmas.

Director:

Kieth Merrill

Writers:

Alan Henderson (story), J. Scott Iverson (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Stewart ... Mr. Krueger
Beverly Rowland Beverly Rowland ... Lead Caroller
Kamee Aliessa Kamee Aliessa ... Clarissa
Tamara Fowler Tamara Fowler ... Clarissa's Mother
Tyson Lewis Tyson Lewis ... Baby Jesus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darro Glissmeyer Darro Glissmeyer ... Caroller
Rolando González Rolando González ... Caroller
Leslie Peery Howa Leslie Peery Howa ... Salvation Army Lady
Rita Jensen Rita Jensen ... Caroller
Gordon Jump ... Narrator
Alan Nash Alan Nash ... Mr. Hathaway
Oscar Rowland ... Tree Salesman
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square ... Themselves (as Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
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Storyline

Willy Krueger, a lonely and aging widower, lives in a basement apartment with only his cat George for company. Finishing his work for the day as the custodian for the building, he ventures out on Christmas Eve to buy a tree and on the way, he imagines he is a well-dressed gentleman while peering at some fine tailoring in a shop window along the snowy street. Returning home, he falls asleep listening to an LP by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dreaming that he is conducting them in carols of the season. Awakening to find some carollers outside his window, he beckons them to visit him offering hot chocolate, but they leave after only one song. In trimming the tree, he places upon it the mittens left behind by Clarissa, the youngest of the carolling group. Handling figures of the small nativity beneath his tree, Willy finds himself in the manger for the very first Christmas. He also finds the true reason to celebrate as he prayerfully thanks the infant Jesus for being his closest, finest ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Krueger's Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bonneville Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The name of Willy Kruger's cat is George, in the movie Its A Wonderful Life Jimmy Stewart plays the lead of George Bailey. See more »

Goofs

(at around 27 mins) After Mr. Krueger fixes the pipes, he returns to his apartment and begins to pet his cat. As he talks about be "all by himself" on Christmas Eve, you can clearly see a crew member standing to the right of the screen with his arms folded. See more »

Quotes

[George the cat meows]
Mr. Krueger: Yeah, I guess you're right George, we better trim that tree. If we don't hurry, we'll be too late !
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Soundtracks

White Christmas
Written by Irving Berlin (uncredited)
Performed by The The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square under the direction of Jerold Ottley
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Powerfully impacts viewer's life through participation in the emotion of the hero.
19 December 2002 | by nbjcoddSee all my reviews

Marvelous movie - Clearly shows real meaning of Christmas. Impact of key scene, lovingly acted by Jimmy Stewart leaves viewer wanting it to last. Earnest prayer impacts viewer's life vicariously. This should be shown every year to everyone wanting a fresher look at the Christmas story through the eyes of a poor, devout and gentle man.


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