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The Santa Trap (2002)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 13 December 2002
A community has mixed feelings over Santa's permanent residence in their small town.


John Shepphird




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


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?


Action | Comedy | Drama | Family


Not Rated

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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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Not all that great, but my kids seemed to like it
8 January 2006 | by russcampbell-1See all my reviews

I am writing the second review of this movie, but only because the first reviewer recommended it for "all ages of children." Well, perhaps that's not correct. First, there is some mild language (one character says "what the hell", there may be other examples, but that actually may be all) and there are some parts where one character is calling another stupid and showing disrespect. Neither of these are horrible, but it's better to be aware that the movie has this so that you can avoid it, if desired, or make a point of discussing it with your kids. Actually, I'm no prude who never cusses, but my kids aren't old enough to judge who/what/when/where, yet, so I like to avoid it (or at least an overabundance of it). Overall, this movie was not too bad in that department. One of the main things parents of young kids will want to know is that it "outs" the Santa Claus myth in a big way. But since Santa is "trapped" and does turn out to be real in the movie, then there's also a way out of the predicament. This movie is OK for the kids, assuming the other issues don't make you overly concerned, but it's not fare that too many adults are going to watch more than once.

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13 December 2002 (USA) See more »

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La Quinta, California, USA See more »

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