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Santa Claus: The Movie -- 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 Movie -- 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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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)
Haydon-Pearce Josanne ... Hollywood Elf (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
Josephine Dunn .... dailies (studio segment)
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 .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... 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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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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Did You Know?

Real deer were trained to pull the sleigh. The crew required months to complete the training which also allowed the deer to grow their antlers for the final filming. For shots where it was not possible to use the deer, sophisticated animatronic deer were used.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Joe and Santa first ride in the sleigh, Santa can be seen speaking an entire sentence as they drive off the roof, yet no words are heard.See more »
Anya Claus:[Dooley is reading Twas The Night Before Christmas] What is it?
Santa Claus:It's a poem. A poem about me. They say it's a big hit.
Dooley:He had a broad face, and a little round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.
Santa Claus:What was that? That last part.
Dooley:[reading with hesitation] He had a broad face.
Santa Claus:Yes. Go on.
Dooley:[continues reading with hesitation] And a little round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of...
Santa Claus:Jelly.
Dooley:It's... just a poem.
Santa Claus:[upset] Is that how they think I look?
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful adaptation of the world's greatest legend., 28 March 2002
Author: AprilLust from Fairview, Tennessee

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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