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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Television airings of this film edits out the scene where Doctor Pete Novos tells Scott to pull his shirt up for a heartbeat check and Scott's heart beats to the tune of "Jingle Bells". See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, the one stocking says "Neal" when the credits spell it Neil. See more »

Quotes

E.L.F.S. Leader: [breaking Scott out of jail] Tinsel. Not just for decoration.
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Alternate Versions

In Current TV Versions, the scene where Scott takes Charlie to Denny's has been cut to show him extinguishing the flames of the turkey to getting their seat at Denny's. The Original Uncut Version feature Scott and Charlie trying to find an open restaurant on Christmas Eve. They pull up to Denny's and the next shot is of a Chinese/Japanese meeting before they get their seats and Scott sees all the other Dad's that burnt their Turkey Dinners and their hands. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Easter Bunny: Spoof of The Santa Clause (2006) 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 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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