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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
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Taglines:

You've Never Seen Santa Quite Like This Before. 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

Tim Allen has a criminal record and Disney has a no hiring of ex-cons policy. An exception was made in this case. See more »

Goofs

Judy mentions to Santa (Scott Calvin) when he first visits the North Pole that she is 'seeing someone in wrapping', however, none of the presents that are pulled out of Santa's sack are wrapped, which begs the question - what is the wrapping department doing? Are they understaffed? Or did Judy, with full knowledge that at the time know that Santa had no understanding of the structure of the North Pole workplace, just lie to give him the brushoff? See more »

Quotes

Bernard: Geez this bird is dry. Haven't you people ever heard about basting?
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Crackerjack 2: Hostage Train (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Written by J. Fred Coots And Haven Gillespie
Performed by The Chipmunks
Courtesy of EMI Records, USA, a division of ERG
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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A wonderful film
12 December 2010 | by studioATSee all my reviews

This is a truly magical film that will continue to enchant children and adults for years and generations to come.

The simple premise is executed well and Pasquin excels in making a film that appeals to all ages.

Tim Allen plays his part to perfection and has never been funnier. He captures all the heart that the film needs as well as having an excellent on screen rapport with young Eric Lloyd.

All the other cast members are good in their roles with David Krumholtz being the standout.

Overall a fantastic film that for me truly sums up the spirit of Christmas. Although I like the sequels that followed this film this is the true classic of the series.


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