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(1985)

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The role of B.Z. was offered to Harrison Ford, Burt Reynolds, Dustin Hoffman and Johnny Carson, all of whom turned it down.
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.
In the U.S. trailers for the film, Dudley Moore gets top billing and David Huddleston gets third billing. In the international trailer, Huddleston gets top billing and Moore gets fourth billing.
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When Patch is viewing the BZ Toys display in the New York window, a van painted exactly like the one on The A-Team (1983) is parked on the street behind him.
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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.
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Fred Astaire was considered for the role of the Ancient Elf.
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Paul McCartney was originally going to write and perform a theme song, but his record label declined.
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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.
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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.
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When the film was first announced, there were reports in the British press that David Jason, Patrick Troughton and Norman Wisdom would be cast alongside Dudley Moore as fellow elves. Ultimately, they weren't..
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Dudley Moore (Patch) was offered the role of Nigel in the Salkinds' previous film Supergirl (1984), which was also directed by Jeannot Szwarc. He turned it down but suggested his former comic partner Peter Cook, who was cast in the role.
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John Lithgow, who is second billed and the main bad guy, doesn't appear until more than an hour into the film.
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Burgess Meredith, who is fourth-billed, has one scene and eight lines.
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Christopher Ryan has lots of screen time but no lines..
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Don Estelle had two lines but they were removed in post-production.
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All the toys made and bought for the Santa's workshop scenes were donated to children's charities for Christmas after shooting was complete.
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One of the elves is named "Dooley". That is the maiden name of the mother of David Huddleston, who plays Santa.
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'Jerry Harte' (qv( is dubbed by Kerry Shale.
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All the toys were hand made in pinewood studio's. A lot of the toys were given away at the end of filming. James Dalton (seamus) was a carpenter on the film who also worked on the bond movies. He died at the age of 44 from cancer. His hammer can be heard banging in one scene
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This was first announced in 1978 with David Niven Jr producing. Gene Kelly was going to direct and it was planned as an all-star affair.
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Jeannot Szwarc: news cameraman in BZ's courtroom scene.
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