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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ancient Elf
Christian Fitzpatrick ...
Carrie Kei Heim ...
John Barrard ...
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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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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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Did You Know?


When the film was first announced, there were reports in the British press that David Jason, Patrick Troughton and Norman Wisdom would be cast alongside Dudley Moore as fellow elves. Ultimately, they weren't.. See more »


The ancient elf announces that Claus will 'henceforth be known as Santa Claus', but the village children address him as 'Santa Claus' in the first scene of the movie, before he meets the elves. See more »


Santa Claus: Don't you know who I am?
Joe: Sure, you're a nut.
Santa Claus: I'm Santa Claus.
Joe: Right, and I'm the tooth fairy.
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Every Christmas Eve
by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse
Sung by Aled Jones
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I loved this film!!
22 October 2002 | by (Edinburgh, SCOTLAND) – See all my reviews

I have long lasting memories of this film from when I was very small. It was on the television every Christmas, and my sister and I loved. At one point we actually taped it and watched it again and again and again. In fact, most of my generation loved it. OK, so it is badly done, and the plot is predictable and a bit thin, but remember it is designed for kids and was made in the early 80's. A grown adult watching it for the first time would hate it and think it is just a pile of rubbish, that is how I feel about Barbie & the Nutcracker Prince, but kids seeing that when it first came out loved it!!

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