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The Santa Clause (1994)

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When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof 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

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Santa Clause See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,321,992, 13 November 1994

Gross USA:

$144,833,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,833,357
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is telling his father about Neil's opinion on Santa Claus, Scott says that Neil is not a doctor, he is a psychiatrist. By definition a psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor, who has not only earned a medical degree (MD), but has further specialized in the field of psychiatry. Scott knows this, but simply does not take Neil's profession seriously. See more »

Quotes

Scott Calvin: You know, you look pretty good for your age.
Little Elf Judy: Thanks, but I'm seeing someone in wrapping.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Oh Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Ernst Anschütz (uncredited)
Arranged by John Neufeld
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Charming Christmas fantasy the whole family can enjoy...
3 December 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

TIM ALLEN provides a bunch of chuckles and good cheer as the amiable, goofy father of ERIC LLOYD who sees Santa Claus take a tumble off his roof one Christmas Eve and finds he must substitute for the "big guy," taking the reindeer to the North Pole toy shop for further directions along with his young son.

The script is full of one-liners that Allen tosses off with comic skill. His father role is played for laughs but also has his tender side when moments call for it. His needling of JUDGE REINHOLD about his awful sweaters becomes a running joke. So do many of the other amusing moments in a script that is both clever and highly original. ERIC LLOYD proves to be an appealing child actor as the boy who urges his father to be a substitute Santa.

To get a flavor of the dialog, just take a look at the "quotes" from the film on the Quote page.

It's handsomely produced in wonderful color to give the film its winter atmosphere (filmed in Canada).

Summing up: It's worth going along for the ride. A charming Christmas fantasy with lots of amusing situations. Brisk entertainment for the masses, it inspired a couple of sequels.


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