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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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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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From the team who brought the three Superman blockbusters to the screen comes a story to stir the imagination - and warm the heart. 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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The film's budget was £50,000,000, which as of this writing (2015) would be equivalent to £140,000,000. See more »


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Santa Claus: You have folks saying that Santa Claus only rewards the good little boys and girls.
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Santa Claus: And be careful. I'll be checking it twice.
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Likeable Film for the Whole Family.
6 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Under-rated little family film that works due to a couple of over-the-top performances more than anything else. We get a glimpse into the history of the titled character (played by David Huddleston) and his wife (Judy Cornwell) as they make the North Pole their home. Years and years pass and we get to the present-day, but trouble looms as the toys manufactured by elf Dudley Moore (in a wonderful performance) start to fall apart on all the children of the world. Moore feels shame and decides that it would be better to leave. Thus he falls in with evil toy manufacturer John Lithgow (in another fine role) and this is when the fun really starts. Burgess Meredith also has a short, endearing cameo. A production that is tame enough for young children, but is also interesting enough to keep the adults happy as well. Good overall. 4 stars out of 5.

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