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Call Me Claus (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family | TV Movie 2 December 2001
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Lucy's a producer on a home shopping channel. She hires the real Santa as Santa. He has to find his replacement as the real Santa in 4 weeks. Lucy is unknowingly the only candidate left.


Peter Werner


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





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 ... Self
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


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) »


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


Comedy | Family


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Did You Know?


Having the real Santa Claus play himself for a successful business is also a plot element from Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and its 1994 remake. In the latter film, Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Santa Claus is played by Richard Attenborough, who directed Nigel Hawthorne in Gandhi (1982). See more »


When the church congregation is outside when 'Santa' flies away, in between shots, the veil on Mama's hat alternates from being covered in snow to just having a few flakes. See more »


Member of the congregation: Hey everybody. You're not gonna believe this, it's snowing outside. This is amazing, it hasn't snowed in Los Angeles - never.
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »


Call Me Claus
Written by Lisa Sanderson, Jenny Yates & Garth Brooks
Performed by Garth Brooks
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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It's pretty dated now
10 December 2018 | by Lew777See all my reviews

Only watched this recently, over 17 years since it's release, and boy is the CGI so dated ! Some of the sets are poor and the storyline is obvious from the start ie to find a new Santa before elf armageddon ! Whoopi plays an ok role as the grumpy Shopping Channel exec, tasked with bringing in the cash over Christmas period. However, the standout role is that of Nigel Hawthorne as Santa, who plays the poignant and comedic lines with equal aplomb. If I'd seen this when it first came out, I'd probably given a higher mark even though it's a poor The Santa Clause plotline.

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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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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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