2.6/10
9,651
229 user 76 critic

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (based on a story by)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Bottom Rated Movies #83 | See the Bottom Rated Movies as rated by our users.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

This film brings to life a famous Norman Rockwell painting. Samuel Cavanaugh, a Scrooge like character, revisits the frozen pond each year to relive the happier moments in his life. Michael... See full summary »

Director: Michael Spence
Stars: Kevin Bartlett, Ray Blunk, John Bruce
The Spirit of Christmas (TV Short 1950)
Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In this family film short, a nearly all marionette cast perform a dramatization of "The Night Before Christmas" and a performance of the Nativity.

Director: Mabel Beaton
Stars: Mabel Beaton Marionettes, Alexander Scourby
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The premise of the story surrounds an unexpected road trip to find a long-lost daughter on Christmas Eve. Emmy winner, Joseph Campanella; stage and screen star, Ruta Lee; and Latin Grammy ... See full synopsis »

Director: Jeff Wood
Stars: Patty Cabrera, Joseph Campanella, Courtney Crook
Christmas Snow (TV Movie 1986)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A shop owner who is being evicted at Christmas rescues her Scrooge-like landlord from an accident.

Director: Gus Trikonis
Stars: Katherine Helmond, Sid Caesar, Melissa Joan Hart
One Christmas (TV Movie 1994)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young man is sent to visit his estranged father for Christmas in 1930 in New Orleans. Based on an autobiograhical short story by Truman Capote.

Director: Tony Bill
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler, Swoosie Kurtz
Nutcracker (1986)
Family | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Hugh Bigney, Vanessa Sharp, Patricia Barker
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a park ranger tells two bear cubs about Christmas and Santa Claus, they want to skip hibernation to celebrate, but their mother doesn't believe in Saint Nick and wants them to sleep.

Directors: Tony Benedict, Barry Mahon
Stars: Hal Smith, Jean Vander Pyl, Chris Gilmore
A Christmas Memory (TV Movie 1997)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried. ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Patty Duke, Piper Laurie, Jeffrey DeMunn
Christmas Town (Video 2008)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A cynical workaholic gets suspicious of her banker father's sudden departure from his career and city life to move to a small town with unusually strong ties to Christmas.

Director: George Erschbamer
Stars: Nicole de Boer, Patrick Muldoon, Gig Morton
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Mickey Rooney plays Mike Halligan, a retired cop from Manhattan living in California with his family who decides to show his grandson, who has never seen snow before, what a real white ... See full summary »

Director: Peter H. Hunt
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Scott Grimes, Barrie Youngfellow
Christmas Lodge (TV Movie 2011)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mary Tobin has wonderful memories of family gatherings at the Christmas Lodge. When she arrives for a weekend vacation, she quickly realizes that the lodge that she loves has fallen into ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Ingram
Stars: Erin Karpluk, Michael Shanks, Rukiya Bernard
Christmas in the City (TV Movie 2013)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

With the threat of having to close her father's candy store, Wendy and her six-year-old daughter Grace travel to the big city in hopes of making extra holiday cash to save their family ... See full summary »

Director: Marita Grabiak
Stars: Ashley Williams, Ashanti, Jon Prescott
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Call ...
Leonard Hicks ...
Vincent Beck ...
...
Victor Stiles ...
Donna Conforti ...
Chris Month ...
Bomar
...
Girmar
Leila Martin ...
Momar
Charles Renn ...
James Cahill ...
...
Doris Rich ...
Mrs. Claus
Carl Don ...
Chochem / Von Green
Ivor Bodin ...
Winky
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Blast off for Mars... with Santa and a pair of Earth kids! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 November 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the cast came from Broadway shows of the time. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Kimar: How are you feeling today? Tired?
Santa Claus: Oh, no, I'm not tired. But my finger is.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits start with "Merry Christmas", before going on to display the cast and then the lyrics to the title song. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Doctor Who Classic Comics #15 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Santa Claus
Written by Roy Alfred & Milton Delugg
Performed Pia Zadora
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Come-On everyone this Film is Fun
14 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

There is plenty of films that get made that turn out bad. Hollywood has given us lots of mega turds. Every Adam Sandler movie is terrible. Also most films that featured a Saturday Night Live Character are most of the time laugh free. All of them cost millions and most of them could not ring a laugh out of me. Not to mention none of them have one moment that was worth remembering. This is not the case with "Sana Claus Conquers the Martians". It is campy but it is fun. There is plenty of memorable moments. My favorite is when the toy manufacturing machine goes haywire.

In this movie the people of Mars kidnap Santa Claus so he can bring the "Child Out" in the children of Mars. Yes its not great cinema but it is entertaining

Adults if you don't like it fine but children will. It is made for children that believe in Santa.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 229 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

This week on "The IMDb Show," La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz shares some "secret" information about his new spy-thriller series, "Counterpart." Plus, Kevin Smith lets us in on his favorite Sundance movies of all time.

Watch the show