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Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

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The legend of Santa Claus is put in jeopardy when an unscrupulous toy manufacturer attempts to take over Christmas.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

David Newman (story), Leslie Newman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Patch
John Lithgow ... B.Z.
David Huddleston ... Santa Claus
Burgess Meredith ... Ancient Elf
Judy Cornwell ... Anya Claus
Jeffrey Kramer ... Towzer
Christian Fitzpatrick Christian Fitzpatrick ... Joe
Carrie Kei Heim Carrie Kei Heim ... Cornelia
John Barrard ... Dooley
Anthony O'Donnell ... Puffy
Melvyn Hayes ... Goober
Don Estelle ... Groot
Tim Stern Tim Stern ... Boog
Peter O'Farrell ... Honka
Christopher Ryan ... Vout
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Storyline

This is the story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves in the North Pole and becomes Santa Claus. But when Santa's eager-to-please elf Patch leaves the North Pole for the big streets of New York City, he becomes mixed up with a dastardly toy tycoon's plans to take over Christmas. And so begins Santa's adventure - to rescue his faithful elf and to save Christmas for all the children of the world! Written by Lionsgate

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Santa Claus. The spirit of Christmas. But who is he really? See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,647,160, 1 December 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,717,291
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the elves is named "Dooley". That is the maiden name of the mother of David Huddleston, who plays Santa. See more »

Goofs

When Cornelia is arguing with one of the students in ballet class, a girl standing behind Cornelia is mouthing the lines of the girl facing Cornelia. See more »

Quotes

Joe: [after he gets his present from Santa] Did Cornie get anything?
[pauses]
Joe: The er... little girl.
Santa Claus: Oh? Are you two seeing a lot of each other?
Joe: Actually, yes.
[blushes quite a lot]
Joe: Actually.
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Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Arthur Christmas (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Christmas Again
by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse
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David Huddleston is the greatest Santa in the world ever!
24 December 2001 | by intriguingub240See all my reviews

I've just seen the movie on TV with my kids for the umpteenth time.

The first hour of the film is great...it really puts me in the Christmas spirit. The rest of the film...well I can take it or leave it! By the way, David Huddleston who played Santa, is for me, the greatest Santa in the world ever, honestly.


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