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Call Me Claus (2001)

When Lucy Cullins, a successful but cranky producer at a home shopping network, hires an actor named Nick to play Santa Claus on the network she gets more than she bargained for. Nick ... See full summary »

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Mama
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When Lucy Cullins, a successful but cranky producer at a home shopping network, hires an actor named Nick to play Santa Claus on the network she gets more than she bargained for. Nick really is Santa Claus, and he faces mandatory retirement after 200 years on the job. Nick must find his replacement by Christmas Eve or the world will face dire consequences and he has his sights set on Lucy. Written by Patrick Spreng <spreng@kosher.com>

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If She's Going To Save Christmas, She's Got Some Big Shoes To Fill.

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Nigel Hawthorne's last film. See more »

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When the church congregation is outside when 'Santa' flies away, in between shots, the veil on Mama's hat alternates from being covered in snow to just having a few flakes. See more »

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Ralph: I don't want to be a nudnik, but I don't think kids are gonna recognize Santa in the polycotton coat here.
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Zat You Santa Claus
Written by Jack Fox
Performed by Garth Brooks
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Good entertainment to be watched several times
23 December 2005 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

I acquired this one on a DVD from the USA, the only place its available. I found the film most entertaining, thanks to the performances of Whoopi Goldberg and Nigel Hawthorn whom I had known from the BBC series Yes Minister. Indeed I was distressed to learn that he had died whilst I was in the course of reading other comments about this film. Whoopi Goldberg, I knew and loved in Ghost, Jumpin' Jack Flash and the Sister Act movies.

The storyline here is quite original, a little slow to get off the ground but that Christmas magic is there and I think we all, old and young, like films where Father Xmases, sleighs and reindeers are involved, especially if the reindeers have shiny/luminous noses.

I was most touched by the flashback to Whoopi's childhood where she had asked the same Father Xmas to bring her Daddy back, this was probably the most emotional part of the film. The rest was more lighthearted and the only aspect I did not like was the over commercialisation of Xmas where you have to sell sell and sell more ! However the magic of the film makes up for the rest of this. It's a nice DVD to have at home and to put on a couple of times a year !


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