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A Different Kind of Christmas (1996)

Although admitting, if confronted with the information, that he is also known by the name Robert George, a man moves into the town of Greendale in June purporting to be Santa Claus, ... See full summary »


Tom McLoughlin


Bart Baker




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Long ... Elizabeth Gates
Barry Bostwick ... Frank Mallory
Nathan Lawrence ... Tommy Gates
Nancy McLoughlin ... Susan
Michael E. Knight ... Alan Schaefer
Richard K. Olsen ... Henry
Janell McLeod Janell McLeod ... Fran
Keith Flippen ... Michael
Rebecca Koon ... Marguerite
Troy Simmons Troy Simmons ... Lester
Wells Struble Wells Struble ... Charlie
John Pontrelli John Pontrelli ... Homeless Father
Kelly Wilson Kelly Wilson ... Receptionist
Larry Parks Larry Parks ... Mover (as Barry Bell)
Fred Nash Fred Nash ... Policeman


Although admitting, if confronted with the information, that he is also known by the name Robert George, a man moves into the town of Greendale in June purporting to be Santa Claus, everything about him which is Christmas every day, including having a reindeer in his yard, wearing the recognizable red suit all the time, and outfitting his house with all the Christmas accouterments, among which is a machine that blows snow bombs. While some, especially his immediate neighbors, complain to the authorities including to city hall for the continual disruption he is causing as Santa, he does bring much joy to just as many, some who truly see him as a savior in their life. And the majority of the town's young people really do believe he is Santa, even initially skeptical ten year old Tommy Gates, otherwise how would Santa have known so much about him probably in preparation for his naughty/nice list for Christmas. All of these issues, especially the latter, cause a problem for Elizabeth ... Written by Huggo

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Santa Claus - A Neighbor from Heaven or Hell?


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


In the Biography Channel TV-Series, Celebrity Ghost Stories (2008), actress Shelley Long tells a story about a behind-the-scenes haunting experience which occurred at the Wilmington Courthouse in which she filmed at for this movie. See more »


When Santa crosses the street to get to the two alone children, the white sedan right next to the children is in a different position when seen looking toward Santa (it further back) than when looking from Santa (it further forward). In addition, the car starts to pull forward at one point, but has not moved position in the next shot. See more »

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Wholesome feel good Christmas movie
5 December 2020 | by squeaky1423See all my reviews

Shelley Long plays a single mom with an aspiring political career. Working as city attorney, she has a son, and is estranged from her father, who dresses and acts like Santa Claus (and plays the part), since Santa was not a supportive dad growing up. This is a made for t.v. movie (and I caught it on t.v. after it already started) and it is rather good. Ignore the poor ratings. Watch it with the family and enjoy.

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9 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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Santa and Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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