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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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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

Divorcé 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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Trivia

Patrica Clarkson, Pamela Reed, Sally Field, Goldie Hawn, Patrica Heaton, and Kate Burton were considered for the role of Laura. See more »

Goofs

While Charlie and his mom are saying good-bye on Christmas Eve, Scott is shown placing a cookbook on the counter. The shot switches back to Charlie and his mom. When the shot goes back to Scott, he is placing the cookbook on the counter again. See more »

Quotes

E.L.F.S. Leader: We're your worst nightmare. Elves with attitude.
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Alternate Versions

The UK VHS removed the end-credits song "Christmas Will Return" and replaced it with a version of "Jingle Bells" performed by Yello. This might be the case for all European prints. See more »


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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Arranged by John Neufeld
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A touching, light-hearted Christmas story
6 December 2003 | by scott4tneeSee all my reviews

"The Santa Clause" isn't laugh out loud, roll on the floor comedy; it isn't old-fashioned "It's a Wonderful Life," romance. Nope. It's an original '90s style Christmas story that tugs at your heart strings, and reminds you that we were all kids once. It reminds you of those days when you dreamt of Santa... when you stood in line waiting to sit on the jolly elf's lap... your knees shaking... as you tried to memorize what you were going to ask Santa. Anyone who isn't touched by this movie should look for the little boy or girl inside, and remember the Christmas Eves when you listened for the clatter of reindeer hooves on the roof. If you have no such memories, you may not understand this movie. Thumbs up to Tim Allen and Judge Reinhold! Thanks for the happy tears!


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USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,321,992, 13 November 1994

Gross USA:

$145,294,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$190,294,357
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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