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Fred Claus (2007)

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Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.

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David Dobkin

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Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Jessie Nelson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Fred Claus
Paul Giamatti ... Nick 'Santa' Claus
John Michael Higgins ... Willie
Miranda Richardson ... Annette Claus
Rachel Weisz ... Wanda
Kathy Bates ... Mother Claus
Trevor Peacock ... Papa Claus
Ludacris ... DJ Donnie (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Elizabeth Banks ... Charlene
Jeremy Swift ... Bob Elf
Elizabeth Berrington ... Linda Elf
Kevin Spacey ... Clyde
Rio Hackford ... Leon
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Samuel 'Slam' Gibbons
Allan Corduner ... Dr. Goldfarb
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Storyline

During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa's facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it's not pleasant. Fred's job is to review charts and determine who's naughty and who's nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Christmas comes every year, but this holiday season Santa's brother is coming along for the ride. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joe Claus See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,515,473, 2 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$72,006,777

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,838,349
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The head mission control elf wears a white vest, similar to Gene Kranz, N.A.S.A. Flight Director during the Gemini and Apollo programs, portrayed by Ed Harris in Apollo 13 (1995). See more »

Goofs

Willy tells Fred that they have until 5:38 AM sunrise "North Pole Time" to deliver the presents. As The North Pole is in darkness at Christmastime, there is no sunrise. Moreover, as the lines of longitude converge at the North Pole (and at the South Pole), there is no "North Pole Time", at all; researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic use the time zone associated with their research stations. See more »

Quotes

Fred Claus: Nick, there's been one thing that's been eating at me since I've been here. That Naughty-Nice List that you got? There's no naughty kids, Nick. They're all good kids. But some of them are scared. And some of them don't feel listened to. Some of them had some pretty tough breaks too. But every kid deserves a present on Christmas.
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »

Connections

References Rocky III (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Surfin' Bird
Written by Al Frazier, John Harris, Carl White, and Turner Wilson Jr.
Performed by The Trashmen
Courtesy of Sundazed Music
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Surprised at some of the other reviews . . .
6 December 2008 | by jwalker019See all my reviews

My partner and I loved this movie. We own a couple hundred Christmas movies and are only able to watch a small subset each year, but I think this will go into our "rotation" as a perennial favorite.

Vince Vaughn is his typical self - caustic but charming. Paul Giamatti is great as a jolly Santa Claus who's got just a little bit too much on his plate this year, what with family and productivity challenges . . .

Kathy Bates and Trevor Peacock make great parents for the Claus siblings, and Kevin Spacey is great is his pivotal role.

The special effects are also excellent: seamless and effective - the North Pole never looked better ;-)

In short, this is a fun and funny Christmas movie. See it!


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