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The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | TV Movie 13 December 1984
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

Writers:

Jim Moloney (teleplay), David Niven Jr. (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaclyn Smith ... Claudia Baldwin
Art Carney ... Santa Claus
Paul Le Mat ... Michael Baldwin
Mason Adams ... Sumner Murdock
June Lockhart ... Mrs. Claus
Paul Williams ... Ed
Scott Grimes ... David
Laura Jacoby Laura Jacoby ... Marianne
R.J. Williams ... C.B.
James Staley ... Marin
Albert Hall ... Loomis
Anne Haney ... Hedda
Buddy Douglas Buddy Douglas ... Dr. Fernando
Billy Curtis ... Jack
Michael Keys Hall ... Faulkner
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Storyline

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 destroy his home. He enlists the aid of a woman and her children to convince her husband (who works for the company) that the first site is where the oil they want is. Along the way, Santa explains all his secrets in delivering presents all around the world. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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You're going to believe in Santa all over again!

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

When Santa (Art Carney) tries to prove to Claudia that he's Santa, he knows that she was living in Houston, Texas at an early age. In real-life, Jaclyn Smith (Claudia) was born in Houston, Texas. See more »

Goofs

Santa explains time zones with "When it's midnight in New York, it's only five o'clock in the morning in London." London is five hours ahead of New York, so it's properly "already" five o'clock in the morning. See more »

Quotes

David: [about going to meet Santa Claus] We'll all meet a big white rabbit and go to the mad hatter tea party.
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Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Great Christmas Adventures.
25 December 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

I caught this movie on TV once when I was kid. I don't remember too much of it, only to say that it was one of the more exciting Christmas TV movies I've seen, with a catchy music score and dramatic acting. The plot about an oil company unknowingly disturbing Santa Claus' North Pole village while exploring for oil, which leads to Santa enlisting the aid of the explorer's wife and children is pretty captivating.

Many made-for-TV Christmas movies have a sappy message with a romantic subplot. This one has an actual rescue mission theme, which makes this a suspenseful story. You will also get to see Santa explain his secrets in delivering presents all around the world. I also remembering the lead character receiving a sparkling star from Santa Claus as a gift, reminding you the miracles of Christmas.

Overall, it's a pretty good family film for Christmas time.

Grade B


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joulupukki pulassa See more »

Filming Locations:

Arctic See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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