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In the Nick of Time (1991)

Santa Claus is up for retirement after his 300 years, and he searches New York City for a replacement.


George Miller


Jon S. Denny (story), Rick Podell (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Santa Claus
Michael Tucker ... Ben Talbot
Cleavon Little ... Freddy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Conrad Bergschneider ... Louie
Matt Birman ... Window Dresser
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... William
Steve Cliffe Steve Cliffe ... Gang Member #1
Jessica DiCicco ... Aimee Misch (as Jessica Di Cicco)
Lucy Filippone Lucy Filippone ... Sheila
Elvira Graham Elvira Graham ... Tough Chick
Ted Hanlan Ted Hanlan ... Ward Santa
Thomas Hauff ... Figgus
Ken James Ken James ... Ridley
Phillip Jarrett ... Cop (as Phil Jarrett)
Jamie Jones Jamie Jones ... Nick


Santa Claus is up for retirement after his 300 years, and he searches New York City for a replacement.

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy




USA | Canada



Release Date:

16 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A l'últim moment See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It's OK To Believe
12 December 2004 | by hvcoevordenSee all my reviews

This movie is what Christmas is all about - about being better than who you are and that people are better than they seem. My family and I discovered this film years ago on TV and it remains one of our favorites at Christmas time. It has no Arny (Jingle All The Way) or Jimmy (It's A Wonderful Life) or Michael (Jack Frost) or Bill (Scrooged) or Tim (The Santa Clause's) or Edmund (Miracle on 34h Street) or Jonathan (I'll Be Home For Christmas) or Richard (Miracle On The 34th Street 1994) - the other great Christmas films I like - but it does have warmth, caring, compassion, redemption and above all the most important feeling - about caring for others first before yourself. When you care and give without expecting back you reach a state or nirvana and for most of us Christmas allows us to do what we would like to do all year around but can't because "circumstances" prevent us.

I recommend this film to those who still share the wonderment that is Christmas, who would like to share it again after losing their way and to those who still are young at heart. The plot is irrelevant, the acting is excellent and the message is clear - It is better to give than to receive. Goodness is it's own reward.

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