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The Santa Trap (2002)

A community has mixed feelings over Santa's permanent residence in their small town.

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John Shepphird
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Long ... Molly Emerson
Robert Hays ... Bill Emerson
Stacy Keach ... Biker Max
Corbin Bernsen ... Chief Spivak
Dick Van Patten ... Santa Claus
Amanda Pays ... Doris Spivak
Adrienne Barbeau ... Alice (Homeless Woman)
Sierra Abel ... Judy Emerson
Brandon de Paul Brandon de Paul ... Mike Emerson (as Brandon Michael DePaul)
Sonny Carl Davis ... Officer Buckley
Steve Monroe ... Officer Calhoun
Alana Austin ... Carla
Paul Butcher ... Brian Spivak
Talbot Perry Simons ... Clifford (as Woolf Simovitch)
Cork Hubbert ... Elf One
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Recently uprooted from New England, the Emerson family (Shelley Long, Robert Hays) have moved to the balmy desert southwest and the discouraged Molly claims "it doesn't feel like Christmas." Crestfallen at the thought that Santa is just a myth, young daughter Judy sets an elaborate trap and successfully snares Santa Claus. The parents call the police to report this strange but jolly intruder. Santa (Dick Van Patten) tries to prove his identity, but is arrested. Judy pleads with her father explaining that millions of kids will go without presents. Santa is placed in jail with Max (Stacy Keach), a ne'er-do-well biker. Back at the Emerson house, Bill is awakened by strange noises and surprised to see live reindeer on the roof. Now a believer, Bill goes to the police station and free Santa Claus. But the bumbling police mistake Max for Santa, and release Max the biker instead. Comic complications ensue, and Christmas hangs in the balance. Written by Anonymous

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A blunder has landed Santa in the slammer. Can the family who put him there spring him in time to save Christmas?

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capcana pentru mos Craciun See more »

Filming Locations:

La Quinta, California, USA See more »

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Tag Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Elf 1 breaks Santa out of jail, he attacks the officers with a water gun and Silly String cans. The officers shirts are wet and covered with string. But each time they are shown outside, their shirts are dry and pressed, but when shown inside they are wet and have silly string on them. See more »

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Elves armed with silly string are just a part of this fun movie!
8 March 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Bill (Robert Hays) and Molly (Shelley Long) have moved their family from the northeast to the desert southwest. It was supposed to be a good career move for Bill but he is working lots of extra hours. Molly is having trouble getting her home business growing and laments the change in climate. With the Christmas holiday near, both Bill and Molly are worried about money and missing out on a "white Christmas". On top of that, son Mike has been telling his younger sister, Judy, that Santa does not exist. Judy won't hear of it and makes a "trap" (string and contraptions) to catch Santa when he arrives at their house, which he does! Santa (Dick Van Patten) is a jolly old soul but that does not prevent Bill from thinking he is a burglar and he has Santa arrested and thrown in jail. With children everywhere waiting for Santa to visit their homes, will Kris Kringle be able to deliver his goods? This movie started rather slowly but finished quite nicely. The plot line is fun and the cast is a dream, as Stacy Keach, Corbin Bernsen, Amanda Pays, and Adrienne Barbeau also make their appearances. Children will love to see the elves in the movie, as they not only look genuine but use silly string to get their way when dealing with the police force! Production values and costumes are nice, too. All in all, why not make it a tradition to watch a couple of new-to-you Christmas films each year? And, by all means, start with this one, for it has humor and good messages to extend to every viewer.


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