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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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Scott Calvin must become Santa. No if or ands...Just one big butt. See more »

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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24 November 2002 | by (washington) – See all my reviews

i liked this movie ever since i was was funny and it had a lot of fantasy and good acting by all the people that played in had comedy, fantasy and it was just a good movie to watch for christmas, or any time of the year!

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