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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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27 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Santa Claus: The Movie  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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

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 »

Quotes

Santa Claus: Next Christmas, you and I will have a date.
Joe: Really?
Santa Claus: Santa Claus never lies, Joe.
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Top 12 Santa Clauses (2013) See more »

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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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