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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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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 brainybrailler@comcast.net

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


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

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,650,123 (UK) (15 December 1995)

Gross:

£6,300,494 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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The scene where Tim Allen takes his son to the Denny's on Christmas Eve is filmed at a Denny's location in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. The restaurant shown in the scene was one of the few Denny's in Canada at the time and was located at Ellesmere Road & Markham Road.

The location is no longer a Denny's restaurant, although as of 2014 the building is still standing. The driveway entrance that Tim Allen turns into is on Ellesmere Road. The apartments that can be seen in the distant background are on Markham Road. "The Beer Store" in the near background is located in the same plaza as the restaurant, but is no longer a beer outlet.

This scene has often been mistakenly thought to have been recorded at a Swiss chalet restaurant in Oakville that had to be altered to reflect the Denny's chain. See more »

Goofs

When Scott comes out of his first chimney as Santa, his safety guide wire is reflecting the overhead light and is visible until the shot pans back. See more »

Quotes

Bernard: Excuse me. Are we on a coffee break?
Kid Elf: We don't drink coffee.
Bernard: THEN I GUESS THE BREAK IS OVER! Back to work. Thanks.
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Featured in A Hollywood Christmas (1996) See more »

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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 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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