Call Me Claus
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Call Me Claus

Director: Peter Werner

Cast: Peter Werner, Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne, Victor Garber

     
 

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As a child, Lucy Cullins asked Santa Claus to bring her father home from Vietnam. But when her dad returned in a pine box, the embittered Lucy decided that Christmas -- and every other holiday for that matter -- was a humbug. Now all grown-up (and played by Whoopi Goldberg), Lucy is the hard-as-nails producer for the Shop-A-Lot Channel, a home-shopping cable service.

Overview

As a child, Lucy Cullins asked Santa Claus to bring her father home from Vietnam. But when her dad returned in a pine box, the embittered Lucy decided that Christmas -- and every other holiday for that matter -- was a humbug. Now all grown-up (and played by Whoopi Goldberg), Lucy is the hard-as-nails producer for the Shop-A-Lot Channel, a home-shopping cable service. While auditioning actors to play Santa Claus for a hokey Yuletide informercial series, Lucy hires a twinkly eyed old gentleman named Nick (Nigel Hawthorne), who, unbeknownst to everyone but the audience, is the genuine, bonafide "Ho Ho Ho" man himself. Facing mandatory retirement at age 200, Nick must find someone to take his place as Santa Claus for the next two centuries. The person he chooses in none other than Lucy Cullins -- and if she doesn't accept the job, the North Pole will melt, wreaking havoc upon everyone in the world, whether they're "naughty" or "nice." Originally conceived as a vehicle for a black man, Call Me Claus was reshaped as a showcase for Whoopi Goldberg when the actress signed on as co-executive producer. Also in the production lineup was country & western singer Garth Brooks, who penned a handful of new songs for the occasion. Debuting over the TNT cable network on December 2, 2001, Call Me Claus was released to home video nine days later (just in time for you-know-what).

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2001
UPC:
0043396068322
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
34,053

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Full-screen presentation; Audio: English 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; In the studio with Garth Brooks; Bonus trailers; Filmographies; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Whoopi Goldberg Lucy Cullins
Nigel Hawthorne Nick (Santa Claus)
Victor Garber Taylor
Jasmine Guy Iesha
Brian Stokes Mitchell Cameron
Taylor Negron Ralph
Tinashe Kachingwe Young Lucy
Bruce Vilanch Actor
Masasa Actor
Alexandra Wentworth Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Werner Director
Jay Benson Producer
Sarah Bernstein Original Story
Gregory Bernstein Original Story
Brian Bird Screenwriter
Garth Brooks Score Composer,Executive Producer
Whoopi Goldberg Executive Producer
Tom Leonardis Producer
Paul Mooney Original Story
Van Dyke Parks Score Composer
Neil Roach Cinematographer
Lisa Sanderson Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:50]
2. Christmas Wish [5:02]
3. Santa Auditions [3:13]
4. Official Elf Intervention [2:15]
5. Kafka Claus [2:32]
6. Nick's Audition [4:04]
7. Lesha [3:40]
8. Jeff [3:52]
9. Kristmas Korner [1:31]
10. Winging It [1:45]
11. Lucky #13 [1:13]
12. "You're Fired!" [1:51]
13. North Pole Tavern [2:10]
14. Christmas Booster Shot [1:11]
15. Nick Returns [2:17]
16. "Welcome to the North Pole." [2:06]
17. Lucy's Destiny [6:19]
18. Mother Knows Best [3:34]
19. A Poem for Meredith [2:08]
20. A Few Words of Hope [7:31]
21. Devil in Disguise [5:16]
22. Lucy Tries on the Hat [3:12]
23. The Top of the World [3:05]
24. Santa Cullins [1:42]
25. Training Run [2:21]
26. First Delivery [:47]
27. "Oh Night Devine" [4:23]
28. "Sleigh Ride" [5:26]

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