6.8/10
693
14 user 2 critic

Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)

Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural neighborhood of Manhattan's ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Christmas Memory (TV Movie 1997)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried. ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Patty Duke, Piper Laurie, Jeffrey DeMunn
Snow (TV Movie 2004)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set in San Ernesto, California with only three days before Christmas, Nick Snowden needs to rescue a young reindeer from a zoo.

Director: Alex Zamm
Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, Patrick Fabian
Nutcracker (1986)
Family | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Hugh Bigney, Vanessa Sharp, Patricia Barker
Christmas in the City (TV Movie 2013)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

To save her small-town sweet shop, a sweet woman gets a sweet job in a city department store, where she runs afoul of a female exec with no family values.

Director: Marita Grabiak
Stars: Ashley Williams, Ashanti, Jon Prescott
Last Chance for Christmas (TV Movie 2015)
Family | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Santa's stockman has to find a replacement for an injured reindeer. When he locates one, complications and love ensue.

Director: Gary Yates
Stars: Hilarie Burton, Gabriel Hogan, Tim Matheson
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.

Director: Nicholas Webster
Stars: John Call, Leonard Hicks, Vincent Beck
Angels in the Snow (TV Movie 2015)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When nothing short of a miracle can hold a deteriorating family together, a Christmas getaway sets the stage for a miracle to occur. A heartwarming family story of love,loss, and rediscovery.

Director: George Erschbamer
Stars: Kristy Swanson, Chris Potter, Colin Lawrence
Silver Bells (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Manhattanite Catherine O'Mara (Heche) bonds with a young man who has run away from his father. When the father returns to New York a year later to sell his Christmas trees, he and Catherine cross paths.

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Anne Heche, Tate Donovan, Michael Mitchell
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

America is in the midst of the Depression, and the Kamp family is struggling to get by, especially after Mrs. Kamp's untimely death. Now little Ruthie, with her mother gone and her father ... See full summary »

Director: John Lyde
Stars: Brian Krause, Nancy Stafford, Danielle Chuchran
The Mistle-Tones (TV Movie 2012)
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A talented singer forms a musical group and challenges her rivals to a competition on Christmas Eve.

Director: Paul Hoen
Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Andy Gala
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An oil company is exploring two Arctic sites for oil. The needed blasting at the first site rocks Santa Claus' North Pole village. He realizes that any blasting at the second site will ... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Cooper
Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney, Paul Le Mat
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. ... See full summary »

Director: John Stephenson
Stars: Hans Matheson, Samantha Barks, Lesley Manville
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Marcello Damaroco (as David Noroña)
Debra Wiseman ...
...
...
Grace Keagy ...
...
Chachi Pittman ...
Izzy (as Chachi Pittmann)
...
Bret Easterling ...
Mitchah Williams ...
Edit

Storyline

Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural neighborhood of Manhattan's Lower East Side of the early 1900s. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mãe Natal  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(as Dolby SurroundTM)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Debbie Reynolds' Dance Studio, located on Lankershim Boulevard, adjacent Universal Studios, was the rehearsal studio used by choreographer Rob Marshall, and (sister) Sarah M. Miles. The art department brought into the rehearsal space, and rotated all the necessary prop tables, stools, front bars, benches, which were used in the production dance numbers. The director Terry Hughes, the director of photography Stephen M. Katz, and Jerry Herman, attended every day of the six week preliminary production dance rehearsals and staging routines developed for the musical. See more »

Goofs

A street Santa is seen several times in a red Santa suit. Santa didn't wear a red suit until 1930 when he was used in a Coka Cola advert. See more »

Quotes

Man in Santa Suit: [as boy drops money in a donation bucket] Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas. Thank you, young man.
Mrs. Santa Claus: [taps him on the shoulder] It's a very worthy cause dear but, uh, the boots are not quite right.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Avenue A
Music and Lyric by Jerry Herman
Performed by David Norona, Grace Keagy, Linda Kerns, Angela Lansbury and company
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
SPECTACULAR
17 July 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This is a quality musical movie, with another ten star score from the great Jerry Herman, my favorite composer. Most others have said many of the things I wanted to say here, so I'll just say don't miss it. Someone questioned why politics were added. In Lansbury's biography, she states that she turned down the role at first because it was too "fluffy" and when they added the human rights thing she was more interested.

Composer Jerry Herman was very ill with HIV at the time this was being filmed. She also did this as a favor to him. He really wanted her to do the TV movie of MAME, saying that she was still able to pull it off, but she felt she was too old for the role, and so to do something for her friend, she did this musical, and I am glad she did this (although MAME would have been awesome, and finally a good movie).

The score, orchestrations are 10 out of 10, the only problem I had was with a few of the special effects, I felt they could have been a notch better.

Lansbury and Durning are excellent. This is a great 2 hour experience of the kind of movie that is so rare, and it works because of all of the broadway talent involved, that's who should be making musicals. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) did the choreography and that's superb.

Great movie, great cast, great music! The DVD also has a great but short "making of." on it, the DVD is definitely in my collection! I wish some of Herman's other shows were good movies, Hello Dolly being the only good one, my opinion of course. There's The Grand Tour, Dear World, La Cage Aux Folles, Milk and Honey and Mack and Mabel, great musicals without being filmed.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page