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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
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
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)

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John Carpenter was the first choice to direct. He was turned down by the producers as he wanted final cut and a chance to do the score as well. His choice for Santa was Brian Dennehy.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 »
Joe:[after he gets his present from Santa] Did Cornie get anything?
Joe:The er... little girl.
Santa Claus:Oh? Are you two seeing a lot of each other?
Joe:Actually, yes.
[blushes quite a lot]
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24 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Magical, 20 August 2001
Author: Tom Bixby ( from Lapland, North Pole [England, really]

Santa Claus the movie is without a doubt the greatest Christmas movie ever made. This is not to say that its story is one of the greatest ever written, but the film is a stunning piece of seasonal and magical nostalgia for anyone who is enchanted by the its seasonal charm.

David Newman has taken a great deal of criticism for his writing styles. Well, whatever the merits of Newman, he proves with Santa Claus that he CAN write an exciting and entertaining epic for the big screen. His script does have flaws and plot holes, but this could be due to editing of post production. Newman comes up with a lovely entertaining script that doesn't sag once throughout. This is expertly handled by Jeanot Swarzc's luxurious direction. Swarzc lets the actors indulge in what is a Hollywood pantomime. Add to this the movie is backed by one of the most impressive sets for any movie, a wonderful Lapland/Northpole, covered in endless snow, a terrific looking Santa's workshop, some of the greatest costumes ever created for Santa and his friends by the master Bob Ringwood, and finally a wonderful Christmas Time New York. In typical Alexander Salkind style, this all gells together marvellously to bring to us what childhood dreams are made of.

The movie is Dudley Moores as the hero elf Patch. Moore gets to kid about to his hearts consent, and get payed [$4MILLION] for the pleasure. His enthusiasm rubs off on the other cast members, in particular John Lithgow as the evil BZ. A few years earlier BZ could easily have been played by Peter Sellers, today perhaps Rowan Atkinson. For what it is worth Lithgow is hillarious in the role, he is very covincing as a real life scrooge. Plus David Huddleston as Santa. An inspired a choice as Christopher Reeve was as Superman, Huddleston is the ULTIMATE personification of Santa. He is how we remeber him. He even sounds like him. In truth he makes us BELIEVE him.

With all this plus Magic candy, Wonderfull scenery, Top notch acting. Plus the best Flying scenes in motion picture history of Santas reindeers, and patching cars, wich prove to be better than the Salkinds earlier Superman effects, and also Henry Mancini's best ever musical score, a heart warming piece abetted by some good songs from the likes of Leslie Bricuse sung by Sheena Easton,. Santa Cluas IS underated. Have a heart when you watch this movie. Put on Your seatbelt and join Santa in dreamworld.

Thanks to Alexander and Ilya Salkind, Piere Spengler, Jeannot Swarzc and Dudley Moore.

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