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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi  |  14 November 1964 (USA)
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The Martians kidnap Santa because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.

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Chris Month ...
Bomar
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Girmar
Leila Martin ...
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Ivor Bodin ...
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Storyline

Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth which extol the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa. While on Earth, they kidnap two lively children that lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him. When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars. Written by <srm12@ksu.ksu.edu>

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Santa Kidnapped by the Martians! Out-of-this-world fun 'n' action...as two Earth Kids are whisked away with him to Mars! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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14 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film is in the public domain. Many copies, of varying quality, are circulating. See more »

Goofs

The KID TV anchorman introduces the reporter as Andy Henderson. Santa calls him Andy Anderson. See more »

Quotes

Santa Claus: Well, when Voldar "accidentally" left us in the airlock and then came up here and "accidentally" threw the door switch, we knew we had to get out of there in a hurry or that would be the end of us. Eh, uh, "accidentally," of course.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Costume Designer is spelled "Custume Designer." See more »

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Featured in Screwed (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray For Santy Claus
Written by Roy Alfred & Milton Delugg
Performed Pia Zadora
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Paging Edward D. Wood
22 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If the fabulously awful yet admirably enthusiastic director Ed Wood had ever made a kids' holiday flick, this would have been it.

This movie is not bad, if by bad you mean boring and a waste of time. It's spectacularly appalling, the way "Plan 9" is. They obviously had a budget of about fifty bucks to make this, and it shows.

But some of us love these evidences that once upon a time in America there was such a thing as real independent cinema, and all-afternoon multi-feature holiday shows at neighborhood theaters that only had one screen, and sing-along events built into kids' movies, and fun that didn't depend on multi-billion dollar special effects.

This is one of those movies that you will laugh at and make fun of, yet long for the days when local, independent television stations aired it on a Saturday afternoon before Christmas. You'll make jokes about it, but catch yourself absentmindedly humming "Hooray for Santy Claus!" for the rest of your life. And you'll amaze your friends with -- "I know what movie Pia Zadora made her debut in, and you don't!"


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