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Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

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
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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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27 November 1985 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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All the toys made and bought for the Santa's workshop scenes were donated to children's charities for Christmas after shooting was complete. 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 »

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Towzer: The retailers are pulling our toys off the shelves so fast you'd think they're disease carriers.
B.Z.: Cowards.
Towzer: And an article in the Post said that anyone who gives his kid a B.Z. toy ought to have his head examined.
B.Z.: Swine! Cancel my subscription.
Towzer: We have to meet a payroll by the end of the month for 2,000 factor workers.
B.Z.: Commies!
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Featured in Best Ever Christmas Films (2005) See more »

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It's Christmas Again
by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse
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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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