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Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)

Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural neighborhood of Manhattan's ... See full summary »

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Terry Hughes

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Mark Saltzman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Santa Claus
Michael Jeter ... Arvo
Terrence Mann ... Augustus P. Tavish
Lynsey Bartilson ... Nora Kilkenny
Bryan Murray ... Officer Doyle
David Norona ... Marcello Damaroco (as David Noroña)
Debra Wiseman Debra Wiseman ... Sadie Lowenstein
Charles Durning ... Santa Claus
Rosalind Harris ... Mrs. Lowenstein
Grace Keagy Grace Keagy ... Mrs. Brandenheim
Linda Kerns ... Mrs. Shaughnessy
Chachi Pittman Chachi Pittman ... Izzy (as Chachi Pittmann)
Sabrina Bryan ... Fritzie
Bret Easterling Bret Easterling ... Emilio
Mitchah Williams Mitchah Williams ... Henry
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Storyline

Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural neighborhood of Manhattan's Lower East Side of the early 1900s. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Santa Claus See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby SurroundTM)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to preliminary production, Jerry Herman invited the production's cast and department heads to his home in Bel Air for an informal evening gathering. Bob Mackie had his costume sketches with him. Jerry used Bob's sketches for his and Angela Lansbury's initial presentation "Mrs. Santa Claus" for their CBS-TV Christmas project. Jerry's enthusiasm in showcasing his music established an energetic creative rapport. Following this gathering of their creative team, Jerry Herman's presence attending every meeting, being present at cast and dance rehearsals, (conducted at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, two miles from Universal City Studios); Jerry's interest, his attention during the filming day and night schedule, established a creative energy with each individual's participation. Every individual involved had a spark of energy to accomplish their best effort in performing their job in the filming of this production. The crew asked for Jerry's cameo appearance performing on an upright piano. Terry Hughes put the post-card shot into the musical sequence. See more »

Goofs

A street Santa is seen several times in a red Santa suit. Santa didn't wear a red suit until 1930 when he was used in a Coca-Cola advert. See more »

Quotes

Marcello Damaroco: The police's man ball is tonight, and I was wondering if... you were going to be there.
Sadie Lowenstein: I'm more fonder of marching than I am of parties.
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Connections

Featured in Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

He Needs Me
Music and Lyric by Jerry Herman
Performed by Angela Lansbury
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SPECTACULAR
17 July 2004 | by mntwisterSee all my reviews

This is a quality musical movie, with another ten star score from the great Jerry Herman, my favorite composer. Most others have said many of the things I wanted to say here, so I'll just say don't miss it. Someone questioned why politics were added. In Lansbury's biography, she states that she turned down the role at first because it was too "fluffy" and when they added the human rights thing she was more interested.

Composer Jerry Herman was very ill with HIV at the time this was being filmed. She also did this as a favor to him. He really wanted her to do the TV movie of MAME, saying that she was still able to pull it off, but she felt she was too old for the role, and so to do something for her friend, she did this musical, and I am glad she did this (although MAME would have been awesome, and finally a good movie).

The score, orchestrations are 10 out of 10, the only problem I had was with a few of the special effects, I felt they could have been a notch better.

Lansbury and Durning are excellent. This is a great 2 hour experience of the kind of movie that is so rare, and it works because of all of the broadway talent involved, that's who should be making musicals. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) did the choreography and that's superb.

Great movie, great cast, great music! The DVD also has a great but short "making of." on it, the DVD is definitely in my collection! I wish some of Herman's other shows were good movies, Hello Dolly being the only good one, my opinion of course. There's The Grand Tour, Dear World, La Cage Aux Folles, Milk and Honey and Mack and Mabel, great musicals without being filmed.


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