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The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Family  -  13 December 1984 (USA)
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An oil company is exploring two Arctic sites for oil. The needed blasting at the first site rocks Santa Claus' North Pole village. He realizes that any blasting at the second site will ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Baldwin
Michael Baldwin
Sumner Murdock
Laura Jacoby ...
R.J. Williams ...
Anne Haney ...
Buddy Douglas ...
Dr. Fernando
Billy Curtis ...
Michael Keys Hall ...


An oil company is exploring two Arctic sites for oil. The needed blasting at the first site rocks Santa Claus' North Pole village. He realizes that any blasting at the second site will destroy his home. He enlists the aid of a woman and her children to convince her husband (who works for the company) that the first site is where the oil they want is. Along the way, Santa explains all his secrets in delivering presents all around the world. Written by Tony Berkoff <>

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You're going to believe in Santa all over again!


Drama | Family


Not Rated

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13 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joulupukki pulassa  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Santa tries to prove to Claudia that he's Santa, he knows that she was living in Houston, Texas at an early age. In real life, Jacklyn Smith (Claudia) was born in Houston, Texas. See more »


When Michael Baldwin and Ed first meet, Michael walks in to meet Ed who is standing on his couch. Ed hopped off the couch to speak with Ed and has his hands behind his back. On the reverse angle shot Ed is standing with his hands in front of him. See more »


C.B.: Dad please listen to me! I promise to never to ask you for anything ever again! I promise, I promise! Please listen to me!
Michael: I guess I haven't listened to much, haven't I?
C.B.: No dad!
Michael: Alright, I'm listening.
C.B.: If you would believe in Santa Claus, you'd be right too. In rescuing Mom, David, and Marianne. What if there in North Pole city when you dynamite Site B?
Michael: O.K. I'll cancel the dynamite until we take another look up there.
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Utter Christmas magic!
14 September 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

I taped this wonderful little Christmas offering back in '84 when the kids were still in nappies. We have watched this flick religiously every yuletide season since (takes a LOT to wear out those old BETA tapes!) I'd like to see someone criticise this flick in the presence of my kids - that'd be really messy!!!

Well cast with engineer Paul le Mat being warned-off drilling near the North Pole for fear of his blasting, endangering Santa's workshop. He and wife Jaclyn Smith were the right choice here, exuding just the right amount of parental care and not-quite disbelief. Love the scenes in Santa's factory - Art Carney is simply perfect as Santa. If this one doesn't re-awaken the child in you, it simply was never there.

Oh and that final scene? everyone looking in different directions? It's a classic!

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