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The Night They Saved Christmas ()


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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 more »

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Claudia Baldwin
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Santa Claus
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Michael Baldwin
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Sumner Murdock
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Mrs. Claus
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Ed
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David
Laura Jacoby ...
Marianne
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C.B.
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Marin
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Loomis
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Hedda
Buddy Douglas ...
Dr. Fernando
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Jack
Michael Keys Hall ...
Faulkner
Randy Crosby ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Dale ...
Dr. Fernando (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jackie Cooper

Written by

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Jim Moloney ... (teleplay) &
David Niven Jr. ... (teleplay)
 
Jim Moloney ... (story) &
Rudy Dochtermann ... (story) &
David Niven Jr. ... (story)

Produced by

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Jack Haley Jr. ... executive producer
Robert Halmi Sr. ... producer
Robert A. Halmi ... executive producer (as Robert Halmi Jr.)
David R. Kappes ... producer (as David Kappes)
Carl Mazzocone ... associate producer
David Niven Jr. ... executive producer

Music by

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Charles Gross

Cinematography by

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David Worth ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Eric Albertson

Editorial Department

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Alex Steyermark ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Jeff Oshen

Production Design by

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George Costello
Tim Donahue

Art Direction by

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Maria Caso ... (as Maria Rebman Caso)

Set Decoration by

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Diana Allen Williams

Costume Design by

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Andy Hylton

Makeup Department

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Leslie Ann Anderson ... hair stylist: Miss Smith / makeup artist: Miss Smith
Gábor Kernyaiszky ... hair stylist (as Gabor Kernyaiszky) / makeup artist (as Gabor Kernyaiszky)

Production Management

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Don Guest ... unit production manager
Issy Shabtay ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Donald Hauer ... first assistant director
David R. Kappes ... second unit director (as David Kappes)
Skott Snider ... second unit director
Dennis M. White ... second assistant director (as Dennis White)

Art Department

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Mike Bingham ... construction designer
Jay Burkhart ... set dresser
Tom Cranham ... visual consultant
Tommy Estridge ... prop master
Riley Morgan ... prop
Cynthia C. Rebman ... set dresser (as Cindy Rebman)
Linda L. Rebman ... set dresser
Stephen Reece ... carpenter
Monty Shook ... modelmaker
Jaki Sommerich ... painter
James Steuart ... carpenter (as Jim Steuart)

Sound Department

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Douglas B. Arnold ... boom operator
Douglas Axtell ... boom operator
Jan Brodin ... sound mixer
Louis Cerborino ... sound editor
Randall Coleman ... assistant sound editor
Ron Kalish ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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Peter Chesney ... special effects
Mike Menzel ... special effects (as Michael Manzel)
Edward Svetlik ... sculptor (painter)
Dick Wood ... special effects (as Richard Wood)
John Naulin ... miniatures (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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William Mesa ... visual effects supervisor
Bret Mixon ... rotoscoping
Eugene P. Rizzardi ... model spervisor: Introvision
Harry Walton ... matte artist for Introvision
Cynthia Webster ... visual effects technical director (as Brett Webster)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Alan Caso ... camera operator
Mark Davison ... assistant camera
Greg Gardiner ... gaffer
Scott Guthrie ... best boy
Tommy Magglos ... assistant camera (as Thomas Maglos)
Joe-Joe Presson ... best boy (as Joseph Presson)
John Savka ... key grip
Marcus Tate ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bernadene C. Mann ... costumer (as Bernadene Mann)

Location Management

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Jack Brubach ... location auditor
James Thompson ... location manager (as Jim Thompson)

Music Department

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Gary Anderson ... orchestrator
Folliott S. Pierpont ... composer: song "Jingle Bells"

Transportation Department

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Bill Myers ... transportation

Other crew

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Patti Dalzell ... script supervisor
Jean Garcia ... secretary to producer
Wendi Haas ... production coordinator
Carol Levine ... assistant to producer
Dan Martin ... production liaison
Gogi Sargeant ... assistant auditor
Victor Skita ... assistant to producer
Jonathan Taylor ... production assistant
Selma Weitz ... production executive

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines You're going to believe in Santa all over again! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La Nuit où l'on sauve le Père Noël (France)
  • La noche en que salvamos la Navidad (Spain)
  • S.O.S. Père Noël (Canada, French title)
  • Joulupukki pulassa (Finland)
  • Natten dom räddade jultomten (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 92 min
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Did You Know?

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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 The fact this movie takes place up by the North Pole during the beginning of winter, there should be 24-hour darkness, but there's day and night in this movie. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Steven Wright/Marilyn Horne/Isabel Campbell (1984). 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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