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The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | TV Movie 13 December 1984
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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Claudia Baldwin
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Michael Baldwin
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Sumner Murdock
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Ed
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David
Laura Jacoby ...
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Marin
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Loomis
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Hedda
Buddy Douglas ...
Dr. Fernando
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Jack
Michael Keys Hall ...
Faulkner
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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 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 <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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13 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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, Jaclyn Smith (Claudia) was born in Houston, Texas. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Marianne: [to Michael and Claudia] C.B.'s done it again he gave Kurt Larson the biggest black eye you ever saw.
C.B.: He started it, he called me a liar!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XI (2000) See more »

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Great Christmas Adventures.
25 December 2014 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I caught this movie on TV once when I was kid. I don't remember too much of it, only to say that it was one of the more exciting Christmas TV movies I've seen, with a catchy music score and dramatic acting. The plot about an oil company unknowingly disturbing Santa Claus' North Pole village while exploring for oil, which leads to Santa enlisting the aid of the explorer's wife and children is pretty captivating.

Many made-for-TV Christmas movies have a sappy message with a romantic subplot. This one has an actual rescue mission theme, which makes this a suspenseful story. You will also get to see Santa explain his secrets in delivering presents all around the world. I also remembering the lead character receiving a sparkling star from Santa Claus as a gift, reminding you the miracles of Christmas.

Overall, it's a pretty good family film for Christmas time.

Grade B


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