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Santa Claus (1985)

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The first half of this film, set hundreds of years ago, shows how the old man who eventually became Santa Claus was given immortality and chosen to deliver toys to all the children of the world. The second half moves into the modern era, in which Patch, the head elf, strikes out on his own and falls in with an evil toy manufacturer who wants to corner the market and eliminate Santa Claus.

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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
Christopher Ryan ...
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Storyline

This dazzling, heartwarming Christmas classic 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 greatest adventure of all - 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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Trivia

The name of Dooley, one of the elves, was the maiden-name of David Huddleston's (Santa) mother. See more »

Goofs

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

Cornelia: You're burning up.
Joe: I'll be alright.
Cornelia: You stay out there and you'll be dead is what you'll be.
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Referenced in Less Than Perfect: Santa Claude (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas All Over the World
Performed by Sheena Easton
Produced by Keith Olsen (as Keith Olson)
Words and Music by Bill House & John Hobbs
Sheena Easton appears courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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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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