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The Santa Clause (1994)

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When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Scott Calvin
... Neal
... Laura
... Charlie
... Bernard
... Detective Nunzio
... Ms. Daniels
Paige Tamada ... Elf-Judy
... Mr. Whittle
... Susan
... Waitress
Melissa King ... Little Girl
Bradley Wentworth ... Elf at North Pole
Azura Bates ... Elf in Hangar
Joshua Satok ... Elf-Larry
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Storyline

Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried - and failed - to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn't real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas... then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he's startled by Scott's calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he's involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he's taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they're elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad's new job, though Scott's convinced it's a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food... Now he's accepted it, there's just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family? Written by Anonymous

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... See more »


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Rated PG for a few crude moments | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Santa Cláusula  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$144,833,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,800,000
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1.85 : 1
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The role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus was written with Bill Murray in mind. After reading the script and being offered the lead role, Murray declined, saying he didn't think it suited his humor. See more »

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When Santa Claus is slipping on the roof at the beginning, after he's startled by Scott, you can see that the "snow" is a piece of fabric as it folds under his feet. See more »

Quotes

Sarah the Little Girl: You're fatter this year.
Santa: Thank you. You've grown, too. Now go back to sleep.
[Drinks the milk and gags a little, Sarah looks at him]
Santa: I think the milk's a little sour.
Sarah the Little Girl: It's soy milk.
Santa: Huh?
Sarah the Little Girl: You said you were lactose intolerant.
Santa: I did say that, didn't I? Thank you for remembering.
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Connections

References Bonkers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

White Christmas
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by The Drifters
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The "Tool Man" gets jolly
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With great, funny holiday flicks like "The Christmas Story" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", "The Santa Clause" is next on line to add laughs as the common sounds of Christmas other than jingling bells! Tim Allen is great in his movie debut as Scott, a toy salesman that owned the roof where Santa Claus fell from to his death! So in pleading cries from his young son, Scott puts on the late jolly-old-elf's suit and instantly becomes Santa, which insues problems to him, his ex-wife and her new boyfriend (played with annoying sarcasm by Judge Reinhold) and Scott's son. That's where the real chaos starts! > "The Santa Clause" is a great flick to watch on Christmas Eve. True, it can get too sentimental at times (Scott and his wife are battling for custody of their son. Remember "Kramer Vs Kramer" and "Over the Top"?!). But that surely fades away thanks to Tim Allen's antics. It'll make you wonder if Santa really is that clumsy!!


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