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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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Trivia

When Scott Calvin is ending his first run as Santa, his "Ho Ho Ho!" is done just like the Tim Taylor signature grunt. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie and an elf show Santa a new Santa suit towards the end of the film, the elf says Santa won't have to worry about fireplaces because the suit is flame retardant. Flame retardant means the material slows the flame down, but it doesn't necessarily keep something from catching on fire whereas flame resistant means it won't catch on fire. If the suit is flame retardant, Santa would have to be very careful going down a chimney with a burning fire, not worry-free. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Pete Novos: I don't know, Scott. You're as healthy as a horse.
Scott Calvin: Yeah! Clydesdale!
Dr. Pete Novos: So what? You put on a little weight.
Scott Calvin: Weight? Does this look like a little weight to you?
Dr. Pete Novos: Weight can fluctuate from year to year.
Scott Calvin: Fluctuate? You make it sound like I'm retaining water. I've gained 45 pounds in a week. Pete, what's happening to me?
Dr. Pete Novos: Well, what's your diet like?
Scott Calvin: Milk and cookies.
Dr. Pete Novos: Really?
Scott Calvin: But I don't finish all the milk.
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Santa Claus: The Movie (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Will Return
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Brenda Russell and Howard Hewett
Howard Hewett appears courtesy of Caliber Records
Produced by Dennis Lambert
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A Christmas favorite
8 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I remember the first time I saw the trailer for The Santa Clause. It was during the previews for The Lion King. As soon as the camera panned up from the snow globe to reveal Tim Allen, all the people in the theater began to laugh. This is a great, wholesome, funny flick that grown-ups and kidlets both can enjoy. Tim Allen was perfect to play the dad who becomes Santa, and I love when he burned the roast! I also thought the actor who played Bernard the elf was very funny and stole every scene he was in. And I especially enjoyed Judge Reinhold's turn as Neal Miller. I love the scene where he finally gets the hot dog whistle he'd wanted since he was a kid! Great holiday fun!


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