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Il Natale che quasi non fu ()


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Santa has to get a job as Santa to earn money to pay his overdue rent bill

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Paul Tripp ...
Sam Whipple
Lydia Brazzi ...
Mrs. Claus (as Lidia Brazzi)
Alberto Rabagliati ...
Santa Claus
Sonny Fox ...
Mr. Prim
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Jonathan, the Elf Foreman
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Blossom
Valentino Macchi
Salvatore Furnari ...
Elf
Antonio De Martino ...
Elf
Gaetano Guacci ...
Elf
Adriano Cornelli ...
Elf
Franco Doria ...
Elf (as Francesco Doria)
Arnaldo Fabrizio ...
Elf (as Fabrizio Arnaldo)
Domenico Imperato ...
Elf (as Imperato Domenico)
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Phineas T. Prune
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Enders ...
(uncredited)
John Spencer Howell Jr. ...
Boy Who Saved Christmas (uncredited)
David Tripp ...
David (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Michel Yellen ...
Little Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rossano Brazzi

Written by

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Paul Tripp ... (story)
 
Rossano Brazzi ... (screenplay)
 
Paul Tripp ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

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A.J. Piccolo ... associate producer
Barry B. Yellen ... producer

Music by

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Bruno Nicolai

Cinematography by

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Alvaro Mancori

Film Editing by

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Maurizio Lucidi

Editorial Department

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Anna Amedei ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Athos Danilo Zanetti ... (as A. Danilo Zanetti)

Set Decoration by

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Giovanfrancesco Fantacci ... (as G.F. Fantacci)

Makeup Department

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Anna Fabrizzi ... hair stylist
Duilio Giustini ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Sergio Sinibaldi ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Christopher Cruise ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Giulio Verona ... sound engineer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Renato Doria ... assistant cameraman
Mario Sbrenna ... cameraman

Music Department

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Ray Carter ... songs by
Bruno Nicolai ... musical director / orchestrations
Paul Tripp ... lyrics by
Glenn Yarbrough ... title song: sung by

Other crew

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William H. Bloom ... special advisor
Roberto Cuomo ... inspector: of production
Carlo Fabris ... administrator
Renzo Petretto ... assistant: to Mr. Brazzi
Rometta Pietrostefani ... production assistant
Federico Tosi ... production secretary

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Sam Whipple, an attorney in once-upon-a-time-land, is startled to receive a visit from Santa Claus shortly before Christmas. It seems that when he was a child, Sam wrote a letter thanking Santa for the presents he'd received and offering to return the favor someday. That day is now: a mean old soul named Phineas Prune, who holds the deed to the North Pole, is demanding back rent. Otherwise, he'll evict Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves and take all the Christmas toys. It's up to Sam and Santa to find a way to pay off Prune and prevent Christmas from being canceled. Written by Eugene Kim

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Taglines A more wonderful...more magical...more musical entertainment than this - there just isn't! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (United States)
  • The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (World-wide, English title)
  • Weihnachtsmann in Not (West Germany)
  • Joulupukki pulassa (Finland)
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  • 94 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The movie was shot without live sound. While most of the actors mouthed the script in English, in the American version all of the Italian actors, except for Rossano Brazzi, had their voices dubbed by someone else, so that their accents would not show up. Brazzi, who appeared in many American films, is the only Italian who speaks English with his native accent. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Hollywood Christmas (1996). See more »
Soundtracks The Christmas That Almost Wasn't See more »
Quotes Sam Whipple: Wait a minute! If you are Santa, what are you doing here? You're early!
Santa Claus: Christmas is not coming this year.
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