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 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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This Christmas, the snow hits the fan. See more »


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

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Trivia

When Scott and Charlie arrive at the North Pole the first time, an elf enters the code "1239" into a keypad which allows the sleigh to be lowered. Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer was created in December of 1939, hence 12/39. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, when Scott Calvin has fully become Santa, he begins to make his rounds during the following Christmas. Legend has it that Santa only comes in the middle of the night after children are asleep, with references made alluding to this early in the movie. However, at the time Santa is arrested, he is shown delivering presents in what appears to be early to mid evening, with adults and children milling around the streets, still dressed and not in pajamas, and a fair amount of traffic on the streets. See more »

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[first lines]
Business Guy Across from Him: Ho-ho-ho! Merry Christmas! Hey, guys! Ho! Merry Christmas. Thanks. Hey! Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention? This has been our best year ever thanks to Do-lt-All-For-You-Dolly. A-And I think we should give a special thanks to the people. responsible for our record-breaking sales, our Midwest marketing and distribution team, Scott Calvin and Susan Perry!
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Alternate Versions

When aired on most television channels, the phone number that Laura gives to Scott is changed from 1-800-SPANKME to 1-800-POUND. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Arthur Christmas (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Gimme All Your Lovin'
Written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard
Performed by ZZ Top
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The "Tool Man" gets jolly
10 October 1999 | by Vice-5See all my reviews

With great, funny holiday flicks like "The Christmas Story" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", "The Santa Clause" is next on line to add laughs as the common sounds of Christmas other than jingling bells! Tim Allen is great in his movie debut as Scott, a toy salesman that owned the roof where Santa Claus fell from to his death! So in pleading cries from his young son, Scott puts on the late jolly-old-elf's suit and instantly becomes Santa, which insues problems to him, his ex-wife and her new boyfriend (played with annoying sarcasm by Judge Reinhold) and Scott's son. That's where the real chaos starts! > "The Santa Clause" is a great flick to watch on Christmas Eve. True, it can get too sentimental at times (Scott and his wife are battling for custody of their son. Remember "Kramer Vs Kramer" and "Over the Top"?!). But that surely fades away thanks to Tim Allen's antics. It'll make you wonder if Santa really is that clumsy!!


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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:

$145,539,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$190,539,357
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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