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The Santa Clause (1994)

When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

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

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11 November 1994 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,650,123 (UK) (15 December 1995)

Gross:

$144,833,357 (USA)
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Trivia

When Laura looks at the Mystery Date game the music we hear is the jingle from the old television commercials for the board game. See more »

Goofs

During Scott's first visit to the North Pole, when Bernard is explaining the consequences of Scott choosing not to believe in Santa, David Krumholtz's real curly hair is seen peeking out of his cap, behind the fake braids. See more »

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Bernard: The Santa Clause: In putting on the suit and entering the sleigh, the wearer waives any and all right to any previous identity, real or implied, and fully accepts the duties and responsibilities of Santa Claus, in perpetuity to which some time the wearer becomes unable to do so, by either accident or design.
Scott Calvin: What does that mean?
Bernard: It means: If you put on the suit, you're the big guy.
Scott Calvin: This is ridiculous! I didn't just put on the suit to -...
Bernard: Try to understand this!
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Connections

Features Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Will Return
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Brenda Russell and Howard Hewett
Howard Hewett appears courtesy of Caliber Records
Produced by Dennis Lambert
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A Christmas favorite
8 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember the first time I saw the trailer for The Santa Clause. It was during the previews for The Lion King. As soon as the camera panned up from the snow globe to reveal Tim Allen, all the people in the theater began to laugh. This is a great, wholesome, funny flick that grown-ups and kidlets both can enjoy. Tim Allen was perfect to play the dad who becomes Santa, and I love when he burned the roast! I also thought the actor who played Bernard the elf was very funny and stole every scene he was in. And I especially enjoyed Judge Reinhold's turn as Neal Miller. I love the scene where he finally gets the hot dog whistle he'd wanted since he was a kid! Great holiday fun!


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