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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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Carrie Kei Heim ...
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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  »

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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 »


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 »


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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Patch! Natch!
by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse
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A Christmas treat!
20 November 2001 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

While this movie admittedly has its detractors I personally am NOT one of them. It's utterly charming. Among it's strengths-it's perfectly cast, all the way from Dudley Moore on down to the extras. The sets are breathtaking, and the music is engaging (including Sheena Easton's beautiful "Christmas All Over the World"). With all this movie has going for it it does have its drawbacks. The first half definitely works better than the latter. It seems almost as if they were trying to make 2 movies for the price of 1, and that does detract from the overall effect. It gets a bit confusing once it hits the half-way point but it is still worth seeing all the way through. It's the sort of movie that can still hold up after repeated viewings. You can watch it with your kids, or make a guilty pleasure out of watching it by yourself. Either way do yourself a favor and watch it.

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