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The Santa Clause (1994)

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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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Elf at North Pole
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Storyline

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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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... See more »


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

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11 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Santa Clause  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,650,123 (UK) (15 December 1995)

Gross:

$144,833,357 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the kids scream, "Let him go! Let Santa go!" that is a reference to Miracle on 34th Street (1947). See more »

Goofs

When Scott Calvin is wearing the Santa suit in the early part of the film, the coat has a strip of white fur down the front. However later, when he gets arrested, the coat has two fur pom-poms down the front. And after he is released and comes back to the house, there is only one fur pom-pom on the front of the jacket. See more »

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Sarah the Little Girl: Santa?
Scott Calvin: Scott Calvin.
Sarah the Little Girl: Howcome your clothes are so baggy?
Scott Calvin: Because Santa is... watching his saturated fats.
[gestures obesity]
Sarah the Little Girl: Howcome you don't have a beard?
Scott Calvin: Because I shaved!
[instantly reveals an unwrapped present for her, out of his bag]
Scott Calvin: You want this doll or not? Go back to sleep.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIV (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Written by J. Fred Coots And Haven Gillespie
Performed by The Chipmunks
Courtesy of EMI Records, USA, a division of ERG
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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A touching, light-hearted Christmas story
6 December 2003 | by (Harrisburg, PA) – See all my reviews

"The Santa Clause" isn't laugh out loud, roll on the floor comedy; it isn't old-fashioned "It's a Wonderful Life," romance. Nope. It's an original '90s style Christmas story that tugs at your heart strings, and reminds you that we were all kids once. It reminds you of those days when you dreamt of Santa... when you stood in line waiting to sit on the jolly elf's lap... your knees shaking... as you tried to memorize what you were going to ask Santa. Anyone who isn't touched by this movie should look for the little boy or girl inside, and remember the Christmas Eves when you listened for the clatter of reindeer hooves on the roof. If you have no such memories, you may not understand this movie. Thumbs up to Tim Allen and Judge Reinhold! Thanks for the happy tears!


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