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The Santa Clause (1994)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  11 November 1994 (USA)
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When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paige Tamada ...
Judy the Elf
Melissa King ...
Bradley Wentworth ...
Elf at North Pole
Azura Bates ...
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Joshua Satok ...


Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried - and failed - to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn't real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas... then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he's startled by Scott's calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he's involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he's taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they're elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad's new job, though Scott's convinced it's a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food... Now he's accepted it, there's just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family? Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a few crude moments | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Santa Clause  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,650,123 (UK) (15 December 1995)


£6,300,494 (UK) (19 January 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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When Charlie's mom comes to pick him up after the first night of delivering presents, there is a model Indycar on the coffee table, which Charlie picks up and takes with him. It is a scale replica of Nigel Mansell's #5 Newman Haas. Nigel Mansell was the reigning Indycar champion at the time the movie was made, and the only person to win back to back Formula 1 and Indycar championships. See more »


Towards the end of the movie, when Scott Calvin has fully become Santa, he begins to make his rounds during the following Christmas. Legend has it that Santa only comes in the middle of the night after children are asleep, with references made alluding to this early in the movie. However, at the time Santa is arrested, he is shown delivering presents in what appears to be early to mid evening, with adults and children milling around the streets, still dressed and not in pajamas, and a fair amount of traffic on the streets. See more »


[flying away in the sleigh]
Scott Calvin: Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! When I get home, I'm getting a CAT scan!
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User Reviews

A wonderful film
12 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a truly magical film that will continue to enchant children and adults for years and generations to come.

The simple premise is executed well and Pasquin excels in making a film that appeals to all ages.

Tim Allen plays his part to perfection and has never been funnier. He captures all the heart that the film needs as well as having an excellent on screen rapport with young Eric Lloyd.

All the other cast members are good in their roles with David Krumholtz being the standout.

Overall a fantastic film that for me truly sums up the spirit of Christmas. Although I like the sequels that followed this film this is the true classic of the series.

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