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Call Me Claus (2001)

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When Lucy Cullins, a successful but cranky producer at a home shopping network, hires an actor named Nick to play Santa Claus on the network she gets more than she bargained for. Nick ... See full summary »

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Peter Werner

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Paul Mooney (story), Sara Bernstein (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Lucy Cullins
Nigel Hawthorne ... Nick
Brian Stokes Mitchell ... Cameron
Victor Garber ... Taylor
Taylor Negron ... Ralph
Frankie Faison ... Dwayne (as Frankie R. Faison)
Alexandra Wentworth ... P.A.
Melody Garrett Melody Garrett ... Mama
Robert Costanzo ... Teamster Santa
Jazmn Jazmn ... Iesha
Bruce Vilanch ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicholas Edwin Barb Nicholas Edwin Barb ... Boy Onlooker (as Nicholas Barb)
Allyce Beasley ... Telemarketer
Meredith Bird Meredith Bird ... Meredith (voice)
Juan Carlos Cantu ... Doorman
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When Lucy Cullins, a successful but cranky producer at a home shopping network, hires an actor named Nick to play Santa Claus on the network she gets more than she bargained for. Nick really is Santa Claus, and he faces mandatory retirement after 200 years on the job. Nick must find his replacement by Christmas Eve or the world will face dire consequences and he has his sights set on Lucy. Written by Patrick Spreng <spreng@kosher.com>

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christmas | destiny | See All (2) »

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If She's Going To Save Christmas, She's Got Some Big Shoes To Fill.

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A pót télapó See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Stereo

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It is implied that the "Or Else Factor" was the cause of the Great Flood detailed in the Biblical story of Noah's Ark. However, this story is from the first book of the Bible, Genesis, which took place well before the birth of Christ and the origin of Christmas. This claim is further contradicted by dialogue in the movie, which establishes that the Santa Claus role originated with St. Nicholas in the 3rd Century - roughly three hundred years after the first Christmas and countless centuries after the Biblical Flood. See more »

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When Lucy's niece is singing her solo with the choir she has her hair pinned back in a ponytail. In the next shot she has it down in the front with barettes and then up again later. See more »

Quotes

Lucy: What don't I need to know?
Taylor: Well, let's see. The vending machines have Little Debbies.
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Connections

References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Winter Wonderland
Written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (as Dick Smith)
Performed by Garth Brooks
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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The Whoopi Claus
5 December 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Because she had true Christmas spirit as a young lass, "Shop-A-Lot" TV producer/pitch-woman Whoopi Goldberg (as Lucy Cullins) is chosen to be the world's new Santa Claus. This decision was made (in a 1965 flashback) by traditional roly-poly red-suited Nigel Hawthorne (as Nick). Being "Santa Claus" is revealed to be a 200-year job. If the presently grow-up and grumpy Ms. Goldberg can't get her girlish Christmas groove back, Earth will suffer a massive flood. Call her Scrooge. For Goldberg's Los Angeles-based home-shopping channel, she hires Mr. Hawthorne as a seasonal sales-marketing Santa and he tries to win her over. For a TV movie, "Call Me Claus" is nicely produced. This was the last role for Hawthorne, who performs memorably. The soundtrack music (by Van Dyke Parks) pleasantly moves it along. Having a woman take over the role of Santa Claus is an interesting and welcome premise, but the story really doesn't work. As it's destined to get lost in future years, we won't have to explain to millions of confused young children how Whoopi lost the job.

***** Call Me Claus (12/2/01) Peter Werner ~ Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne, Taylor Negron, Brian Stokes Mitchell


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