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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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John Pasquin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Scott Calvin
Judge Reinhold ... Neal
Wendy Crewson ... Laura
Eric Lloyd ... Charlie
David Krumholtz ... Bernard
Larry Brandenburg ... Detective Nunzio
Mary Gross ... Ms. Daniels
Paige Tamada Paige Tamada ... Elf-Judy
Peter Boyle ... Mr. Whittle
Judith Scott ... Susan
Jayne Eastwood ... Waitress
Melissa King Melissa King ... Little Girl
Bradley Wentworth Bradley Wentworth ... Elf at North Pole
Azura Bates Azura Bates ... Elf in Hangar
Joshua Satok 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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What if your dad was Santa Claus? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Cláusula See more »

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Elves are scattered throughout the movie in Scott and Charlie's world. The little blonde girl walking away from the window at the opening of the movie; the little boy putting his jacket on and wearing a red scarf as Scott and Charlie are led to their seat in Denny's; the girl walking behind the bench when Scott has kids lined up at Charlie's soccer game; the girl in the purple coat who walks by Scott and Charlie in the park when Scott wants Charlie to stop talking about the Santa Claus; and the attentive little boy in the blue turtleneck behind Charlie's desk during show and tell are all elves. They show up as a group at the end of the movie when Scott flies away from the Miller house, and they are the kids who run and skip off. See more »

Goofs

Neal states that Santa didn't bring him a "Wienie Whistle" for Christmas and Scott/Santa brings him one, along with the other gifts he drops by parachute. The Oscar Mayer "Wiener Whistle" was given away by "Little Oscar" from the Wienermobile" and was given away with packages of Oscar Mayer Wieners bought at grocery stores and meat markets in the early to mid '50s. Kids saw them in Oscar Mayer's TV ads, so they would know this. See more »

Quotes

Scott: Hey, kid, kid... who's in charge here?
Larry the Elf: You are, and I'm not a kid, I have pointy SHOES that are older than you... I'm an elf.
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Alternate Versions

Whenever the film appears on Disney Channel, Scott's line, "We're getting the Disney Channel. Merry Christmas," is deleted. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Carol Of The Bells
Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (uncredited) and lyrics by Peter Wilhousky
Performed by The United States Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants (uncredited)
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A fun, heart-warming Christmas comedy!
21 November 2003 | by rcryniakSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. It was heart-warming and fun to watch. I remember as a child watching my favorite Christmas movies, such as the Grinch that Stole Christmas (cartoon), Miracle on 34th Street, and the classic Scrooge. This movie was so full of fun and warm fuzzies, and PERFECT for the holiday season, that it has easily earned its way into the holiday film montage for my family.


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