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Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

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The legend of Santa Claus is put in jeopardy when an unscrupulous toy manufacturer attempts to take over Christmas.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

David Newman (story), Leslie Newman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Patch
John Lithgow ... B.Z.
David Huddleston ... Santa Claus
Burgess Meredith ... Ancient Elf
Judy Cornwell ... Anya Claus
Jeffrey Kramer ... Towzer
Christian Fitzpatrick Christian Fitzpatrick ... Joe
Carrie Kei Heim Carrie Kei Heim ... Cornelia
John Barrard ... Dooley
Anthony O'Donnell ... Puffy
Melvyn Hayes ... Goober
Don Estelle ... Groot
Tim Stern Tim Stern ... Boog
Peter O'Farrell ... Honka
Christopher Ryan ... Vout
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Storyline

This is the story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves in the North Pole and becomes Santa Claus. But when Santa's eager-to-please elf Patch leaves the North Pole for the big streets of New York City, he becomes mixed up with a dastardly toy tycoon's plans to take over Christmas. And so begins Santa's adventure - to rescue his faithful elf and to save Christmas for all the children of the world! Written by Lionsgate

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Seeing is believing! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,647,160, 1 December 1985

Gross USA:

$23,717,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,717,291
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The role of B.Z. was offered to Harrison Ford, Burt Reynolds, Dustin Hoffman, and Johnny Carson, all of whom turned it down. See more »

Goofs

Joe and Cornelia remain the same age throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Santa Claus: Don't you know who I am?
Joe: Sure, you're a nut.
Santa Claus: I'm Santa Claus.
Joe: Right, and I'm the tooth fairy.
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Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Arthur Christmas (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Patch! Natch!
by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse
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Wonderful adaptation of the world's greatest legend.
28 March 2002 | by AprilLustSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie every Christmas since I was a child, and I believe it brings explanations of how the fable of Santa Claus, and all of the childhood beliefs came to be. It may be a watered down version of Willy Wonka, but it had great effects for the 1980's, and it brings out the child and Christmas spirit in everyone. It is a grade above Ernest Saves Christmas ( I love watching it as well on a comical basis) especially when it comes to the story line and characters. Dudley Moore was wonderful as Patch the elf, and delivered a great performance without being a drunk or married to two women. It's movie of morals, and the spirit of Christmas.


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