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Must Be Santa (1999)

Through a cosmic mix-up, a shiftless but good-hearted man is accidentally tagged to be the new Santa Claus after the old Santa dies. The gruff, no-nonsense manager of the North Pole is decidedly unhappy with the selection

Director:

Brad Turner

Writer:

Douglas Bowie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Pinnock ... Floyd Court / Santa
Deanna Milligan ... Natalie Fairlie
Dabney Coleman ... Tuttle
Keenan Macwilliam ... Heather
Peter Millard Peter Millard ... Farthing
Brian Miranda Brian Miranda ... Carl
Steven McCarthy ... Yaz
Gerard Parkes ... Previous Santa
Jordy Benattar Jordy Benattar ... Molly
Patrick Gallagher ... Security Guard
Judy Sinclair Judy Sinclair ... Woman (Mall)
Seth Tubak Seth Tubak ... Punk
Larry Yachimec Larry Yachimec ... Men's Store Clerk
Carol Rigg Carol Rigg ... Karen
John Devenish John Devenish ... Bruce
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Through a cosmic mix-up, a shiftless but good-hearted man is accidentally tagged to be the new Santa Claus after the old Santa dies. The gruff, no-nonsense manager of the North Pole is decidedly unhappy with the selection

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He's the only man for the job! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

G
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Joe Flaherty has a cameo as Count Floyd, the horror movie show host he played on "SCTV." See more »

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Visually stunning and a bit unusual
3 December 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I was tempted to give this only four stars, but I added a fifth because it was an unusual presentation.

The photography and visual effects are great and Brad Turner, who seems to have done a lot of Sci-Fi TV and Species III, did a good job directing, even if we didn't always know where it was going.

But, maybe that was Douglas Bowie's story, which was certainly an unusual approach to a Santa story. There was a lot of religious symbolism evident in the film. The whole idea of Santa being a "regular Joe" and Santa at the same time is reflective of the divinity of Jesus, a man/god thing. There was also a lot of redemption in the story. This was all framed with Christmas music that was more religious than secular.

Not only is the basic story unusual, but the idea of an Africa-American Santa (Arnold Pinnock), who falls in love with an angel (the lovely Deanna Milligan) is also different. Dabney Coleman was around to provide comic relief.

Miligan made this a pleasant experience even if it was so unusual that I could not completely enjoy it. Maybe they were afraid to push too hard with the elements that were taken from The Santa Clause.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1999 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Ärger mit dem Weihnachtsmann See more »

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