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Santa Claus (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  27 November 1985 (USA)
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A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer's scheme to take over Christmas.

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Ancient Elf
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Christian Fitzpatrick ...
Joe
Carrie Kei Heim ...
John Barrard ...
Dooley
Anthony O'Donnell ...
Puffy
Melvyn Hayes ...
Goober
Don Estelle ...
Groot
Tim Stern ...
Peter O'Farrell ...
Honka
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Storyline

This is the story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves in the North Pole and becomes Santa Claus. But when Santa's eager-to-please elf Patch leaves the North Pole for the big streets of New York City, he becomes mixed up with a dastardly toy tycoon's plans to take over Christmas. And so begins Santa's adventure - to rescue his faithful elf and to save Christmas for all the children of the world! Written by Lionsgate

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The legend comes to life. See more »


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Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus: The Movie  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Fred Astaire was considered for the role of the Ancient Elf. See more »

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When Cornelia leaves the plate of food outside for Joe the can of Coke is positioned so the word "Coke" is showing. When Joe picks up the plate moments later the can has turned to show the words "Coca-Cola" in cursive on the other side of the can. See more »

Quotes

Joe: [after he gets his present from Santa] Did Cornie get anything?
[pauses]
Joe: The er... little girl.
Santa Claus: Oh? Are you two seeing a lot of each other?
Joe: Actually, yes.
[blushes quite a lot]
Joe: Actually.
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Featured in Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Shouldn't Do That
Performed by Kajagoogoo (as Kaja)
Produced by Ken Scott
Lyrics by Nick Beggs
Music by Nick Beggs, Stuart Neale (as Stuart Croxford Neal) and Steve Askew
Published by Infinite Music/Intersong
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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Wonderful adaptation of the world's greatest legend.
28 March 2002 | by (Fairview, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie every Christmas since I was a child, and I believe it brings explanations of how the fable of Santa Claus, and all of the childhood beliefs came to be. It may be a watered down version of Willy Wonka, but it had great effects for the 1980's, and it brings out the child and Christmas spirit in everyone. It is a grade above Ernest Saves Christmas ( I love watching it as well on a comical basis) especially when it comes to the story line and characters. Dudley Moore was wonderful as Patch the elf, and delivered a great performance without being a drunk or married to two women. It's movie of morals, and the spirit of Christmas.


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