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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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Cast

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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 ...
Marianne
R.J. Williams ...
C.B.
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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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Not Rated

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13 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Joulupukki pulassa  »

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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

The fact this movie takes place up by the North Pole during the beginning of winter, there should be 24-hour darkness, but there's day and night in this movie. See more »

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Sumner Murdock: [Sumner is now changed and being happy] Congratulations, Michael. You're in for a big promotion. You're going get a bigger house, you're going get a big bonus.
Michael: Thanks, but you can keep the promotion.
Sumner Murdock: Oh, no, no. Listen, Michael, you deserve it, kid. You deserve it.
Michael: I know I do. But you can consider this my resignation.
Sumner Murdock: Oh, no. You're going to think differently about it in the morning. I'll talk to you then, huh?
Michael: We're all going back to Los Angeles permanently next week.
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Amazing movie. Captures the Christmas feeling perfectly.
25 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The whole movie gives such a warm, cozy feel. The style of the movie is just perfect. It's very believable, and down to earth, you could say. The explanation of Santa's powers is about as believable as it gets in Christmas movies, and Art Carney is the only person who could ever fill the boots of Mr. Claus so well. When I close my eyes and envision my ideal Santa, it's his face that pops to mind. That's the lasting impression this movie has left. It's been my favorite Christmas movie since I was old enough to remember.

The setting is a departure from the usual Christmas fare, as well. The family travels as it moves to new oil drilling sites, and as a little boy, seeing the construction equipment in the intro credits, coupled with the fact that it's a Christmas movie left an impression upon a lot of my interests at that age. All little boys love dump trucks and construction equipment, and somehow it fits into a Christmas tale.

If you've never seen this, you must.


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