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Santa Claus -- This is the story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves at the North Pole. He is entrusted with special powers to become Santa Claus! He meets Patch (Dudley Moore), an eager-to-please elf who becomes mixed up with a dastardly toy tycoon's (John Lithgow) plans to take over Christmas.
Santa Claus -- 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, t
Santa Claus -- 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, t


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Release Date:
27 November 1985 (USA) See more »
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A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer's scheme to take over Christmas. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dudley Moore ... Patch

John Lithgow ... B.Z.

David Huddleston ... Santa Claus

Burgess Meredith ... Ancient Elf

Judy Cornwell ... Anya Claus

Jeffrey Kramer ... Towzer
Christian Fitzpatrick ... Joe
Carrie Kei Heim ... Cornelia
John Barrard ... Dooley

Anthony O'Donnell ... Puffy
Melvyn Hayes ... Goober
Don Estelle ... Groot
Tim Stern ... Boog
Peter O'Farrell ... Honka

Christopher Ryan ... Vout
Dickie Arnold ... Goobler
Aimée Delamain ... Storyteller (as Aimee Delamain)
Dorothea Phillips ... Miss Tucker
John Hallam ... Grizzard
Judith Morse ... Miss Abruzzi
Jerry Harte ... Senate Chairman

Paul Aspland ... Reporter
Sally Cranfield ... Reporter
Michael Drew ... Reporter
Walter Goodman ... Street Corner Santa
John Cassady ... Wino
Ronald Fernee ... Policeman
Michael A. Ross ... Policeman (as Michael Ross)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Morgan Deare ... BZ's Lawyer (uncredited)
Roy Evans ... Village Leader (uncredited)

Kevin Hudson ... Elf (uncredited)

Caroline John ... Woman (uncredited)
Stuart Milligan ... 2nd Senator (uncredited)
Nancy Paul ... Mother (uncredited)
Shannon Spruill ... Bratty Kid at Ballet Class (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Ancient Elf (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeannot Szwarc 
Writing credits
David Newman (story) and
Leslie Newman (story)

David Newman (screenplay)

Produced by
Ilya Salkind .... producer
Robert Simmonds .... associate producer
Pierre Spengler .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Peter Hollywood 
Casting by
Anne Henderson 
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Anthony Pratt 
Art Direction by
Don Dossett 
John Hoesli 
Tim Hutchinson (supervising art director)
Malcolm Stone 
Set Decoration by
Stephenie McMillan 
Costume Design by
Bob Ringwood 
Makeup Department
Elaine Bowerbank .... hairdresser
Paul Engelen .... makeup artist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Colin Jamison .... hairdresser (as Colin Jamieson)
Jan Jamison .... hairdresser (as Jan Jamieson)
Penny Shawyer .... makeup artist: Dudley Moore
Production Management
Chris Coles .... production manager: North America
Vincent Winter .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... first assistant director
David Lane .... flying and second unit director
Raoul Girard .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Nigel Gostelow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Gerard Wall .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Julian Wall .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Edwards .... construction supervisor
Eddie Fowlie .... property master
Wally Hill .... dressing supervisor
Alan Neighbour .... carpenter
John Patterson .... construction manager
Lucy Richardson .... illustrator
John Rose .... illustrator
Andrew Ackland-Snow .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Duncan Guest .... carpenter (uncredited)
Tony Marks .... carpenter (uncredited)
Kevin Phipps .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Whitby .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Crozier .... sound mixer
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recordist (as Graham Hartstone)
Archie Ludski .... sound editor
Rocky Phelan .... sound editor
Don Sharpe .... sound editor
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Martin Trevis .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Harry Bryce .... effects trainee
John Coppinger .... supervising animatronic designer
David Ford .... special effects technician
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor
Robert Harman .... flying effects
Robert Harman .... wire specialist
David Hayes .... animatronic designer
Sue Higgins .... foam lab
Graham High .... animatronic designer
Tom McLaughlin .... foam lab
Richard Padbury .... animatronic designer
Gus Ramsden .... animatronic designer
Kuo-Ren Wu .... animatronics technician
Tad Krzanowski .... animatronic designer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Janice Body .... effects animator
Martin Body .... matte camera operator
Peter Dorme .... model unit trainee
Roy Field .... supervisor of optical effects
Mark Gardiner .... model cameraman
Michael McDermott .... gaffer: model unit
Derek Meddings .... director of miniature effects
Derek Meddings .... director of visual effects
Roy Moores .... front projection consultant
Tim Walton .... special visual effects animator
Paul Wilson .... visual effects photography
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
Steve Woosnam-Savage .... special visual effects animator (uncredited)
Kevin Hudson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Beeson .... additional photographer
Wally Byatt .... camera operator
Trevor Coop .... camera operator
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: Gyrosphere
John May .... electrical supervisor
John Morgan .... camera operator
Jeff Paynter .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... still photographer
Jack Thetford .... electrical supervisor
Freddie Webster .... electrical supervisor (as Fred Webster)
Marc Wolff .... camera pilot
David Worley .... camera operator
Keith Blake .... focus puller (uncredited)
Raymond Flindall .... rigger (uncredited)
Vince Goddard .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Kenward .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Martin Kenzie .... first assistant camera: second camera (uncredited)
Brad Larner .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Animation Department
Steve Woosnam-Savage .... special animation effects (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Wheatley .... wardrobe master
Alan Flyng .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Les Healey .... assistant editor
Beverley Lamb .... assistant editor
Brian Mann .... optical editor
Margaret Thompson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Burt Berman .... soundtrack album consultant
Bob Buziak .... soundtrack album consultant
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Dick Lewzey .... music recordist: The Music Centre (as Dick Lewsey)
Henry Mancini .... conductor
Percy Edwards .... reindeer vocalizations (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mark White .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... director of publicity
Trudy Balen .... personal assistant: Pierre Spengler
Elaine Burt .... production assistant
Pamela Carlton .... script supervisor
Pauline Coutelenq .... production executive
Jane Dixie .... secretary to director
Pat Garrett .... choreographer
Barry Isaacson .... personal assistant: Ilya Salkind
Bobbie Johnson .... accountant (as Bobby Johnson)
Maria Monreal .... executive assistant to producers
Don Reynolds .... animal trainer
Eyal Rimmon .... personal assistant: Alexander Salkind
Alexander Salkind .... presenter
Christine Samways .... accountant
John Trehy .... production accountant
Suzie F. Wiesmann .... production assistant (as Susan Ford)
Betty Williams .... accountant
Marc Wolff .... pilot
Brian Henson .... animatronic puppeteer: reindeers (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
Gerard Wall .... floor runner (uncredited)
Mak Wilson .... lead puppeteer: "Donner" (uncredited)
Marc Wolff .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
Frans J. Afman .... special thanks: Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland N.V.

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Santa Claus: The Movie" - USA (promotional title)
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107 min
Color (Rankcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The role of the Ancient Elf was written with James Cagney in mind. However, even though Cagney liked the film's overall idea, his advanced age and weakened physical condition precluded him from taking the role.See more »
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Barry Norman's Christmas Movie Quiz (2007) (VG)See more »
Patch! Natch!See more »


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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
I loved this film!!, 22 October 2002
Author: hungrycaterpillar from Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

I have long lasting memories of this film from when I was very small. It was on the television every Christmas, and my sister and I loved. At one point we actually taped it and watched it again and again and again. In fact, most of my generation loved it. OK, so it is badly done, and the plot is predictable and a bit thin, but remember it is designed for kids and was made in the early 80's. A grown adult watching it for the first time would hate it and think it is just a pile of rubbish, that is how I feel about Barbie & the Nutcracker Prince, but kids seeing that when it first came out loved it!!

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