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The Night They Saved Christmas (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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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 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 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 »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

When Ed is taking them to North Pole City in the tracked vehicle, the tracks of the camera vehicle can be seen in the snow in one wide shot of the tracked vehicle traveling forward through the snow. See more »

Quotes

[everyone is seeing North Pole City]
Claudia: If this is a practical joke, we're in big trouble.
David: I know mom, I know.
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Utter Christmas magic!
14 September 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

I taped this wonderful little Christmas offering back in '84 when the kids were still in nappies. We have watched this flick religiously every yuletide season since (takes a LOT to wear out those old BETA tapes!) I'd like to see someone criticise this flick in the presence of my kids - that'd be really messy!!!

Well cast with engineer Paul le Mat being warned-off drilling near the North Pole for fear of his blasting, endangering Santa's workshop. He and wife Jaclyn Smith were the right choice here, exuding just the right amount of parental care and not-quite disbelief. Love the scenes in Santa's factory - Art Carney is simply perfect as Santa. If this one doesn't re-awaken the child in you, it simply was never there.

Oh and that final scene? everyone looking in different directions? It's a classic!


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