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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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Santa Claus. The spirit of Christmas. But who is he really? See more »


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Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus: The Movie  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Patrick Troughton was offered Dooley. See more »


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 »


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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Featured in Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie (1985) See more »


Every Christmas Eve
by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse
Sung by Aled Jones
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13 December 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Me thinks folks protest too much! Sit back, relax and enjoy this cute little movie. The plot is good. The actors do a very nice job of "being" their characters. Villains are vile and heroes are worthy. There is a continual ebb and flow with who is winning, good or evil. Good wins over evil. The scenery is is beautiful and fanciful. The effects are nifty and somewhat corny. What more could one ask for a short period of fantasy flight from the cares of the world? Don't worry about fitting it into today's "problems with society section." Avoid seeing discussions of drug problems, violence in the world, sex in the city. Don't consider deep, hidden meanings. Just have some popcorn, turn down the lights, get into your comfy chair and enjoy yourself. This is a movie made for the cold winter nights.

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