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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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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)  »

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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 Scott and Charlie are driving the sleigh on the road, the truck they go by and ask about I-94 is driven by Jimmy Labriola, who played Benny on Tim Allen's show Home Improvement (1991). See more »

Goofs

The scene where Scott and Charlie pull into the Denny's parking lot a sign that says "The Beer Store" can be seen. "The Beer Store" is where people only in Ontario buy beer by the case. This film is supposed to take place in Illinois. See more »

Quotes

Laura: Here's Neil's mother's number.
Scott Calvin: 1-800-SPANK-ME? I know that number.
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Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »

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Jingle Bell Ride
Written and Performed by Johnny Hawksworth
Courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
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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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