Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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Santa '85 

Kris Kringle's Christmas is rudely interrupted when he lands in the clink with a bunch of bogus Santas after tripping a home burglar alarm. The cynical sheriff doesn't believe his story, so... See full summary »

Director:

Phil Joanou

Writers:

Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Douglas Seale ... Santa Claus
Pat Hingle ... Sheriff Horace Smyvie
Gabriel Damon ... Bobby Mynes
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Deputy Weatherby
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Santa Claus
Stephen Lee ... Dad
Joan Welles Joan Welles ... Mom
Dick Balduzzi ... Drunk Santa #1
Gerry Gibson Gerry Gibson ... Drunk Santa #2
William McDonald William McDonald ... Drunk Santa #3
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Kris Kringle's Christmas is rudely interrupted when he lands in the clink with a bunch of bogus Santas after tripping a home burglar alarm. The cynical sheriff doesn't believe his story, so his only hope of deliverance becomes a smart eight-year-old boy (Damon), who is the only one who believes him and who won't let Christmas pass without Santa. Written by Anonymous

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1985 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sheriff Horace Smyvie mentions having wanted a Buck Rogers item during his youth in 1933. Buck Rogers, then called Anthony Rogers, debuted in the namesake magazine Amazing Stories in 1928. See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Marvin J. McIntyre and Douglas Seale
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Like every tiresome and clichéd Christmas movie of the 80s and 90s rolled into one.
23 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In this modern story about Christmas, Santa comes to a world full of unbelief and cynicism. When he arrives at one house, he sets off the burglar alarm and Santa is arrested by a cop who never got his weenie whistle (wait...this is "The Santa Clause"...but it's practically the same thing at times). Can Santa melt everyone's heart and make Christmas become real?

"Santa '85" is a stupid and tiresome episode of "Amazing Stories". Furthermore, it's anything but amazing!! This is because it just so badly written--filled with so many clichés and formulaic characters- -as if they searched through every bad Christmas movie and TV show and came up with this crappy concoction. It's a shame as it COULD have been good. Instead, just watch "The Santa Clause" (only the first--the others are pretty awful) and you'll have a much better viewing experience.


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