Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie

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Director: Jeannot Szwarc

Cast: David Huddleston, Dudley Moore, John Lithgow

     
 

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After introducing how Santa and Mrs. Claus came to the North Pole and began their work delivering toys at Christmas time, this routine children's film segues into a story about an evil corporate magnate (John Lithgow). One of Santa's elves (Dudley Moore) goes to work for the nasty tycoon and invents a wild array of far-out toys. Then there is a little boy who does not… See more details below

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After introducing how Santa and Mrs. Claus came to the North Pole and began their work delivering toys at Christmas time, this routine children's film segues into a story about an evil corporate magnate (John Lithgow). One of Santa's elves (Dudley Moore) goes to work for the nasty tycoon and invents a wild array of far-out toys. Then there is a little boy who does not believe in Santa Claus and a girl who finds out about the toymaker's plans to defraud his company. Santa's reindeer are a little under the weather, not to mention Santa himself. This labyrinth of subplots quickly draws attention away from the story, wherever it is.

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Santa Claus: The Movie begins just how you'd expect a movie with that title to begin, exploring the origins of St. Nick, from a beloved avuncular type delivering toys in a wintry Bavarian landscape, to the red-suited, jelly-bellied icon we know today. This first half-hour does a great job convincing us this is "really" how Santa came to exist -- how his reindeer can fly, how he ended up at the North Pole, even how the naughty
ice list was created (it was the brainchild of Ms. Claus sometime in the 18th century). But it wouldn't be a true "Santa biopic" without some form of conflict, and this is where Jeannot Szwarc's film takes a permanent detour from its sweet beginnings. Screenwriter David Newman makes the rest of the movie about the modern-day corruption of Christmas at the hands of an evil toy tycoon, played by John Lithgow, who does a lot of cackling, bugging of his eyes and chomping on cigars. Lithgow's character gets an edge on the competition with the help of an elf named Patch (Dudley Moore), who had been Santa's head assistant, but banished himself after his automated toy-assembly techniques turned out a lot of dangerous, subpar toys. It's a standard Hollywood lesson regarding the evils of technology, but Newman delivers it in a peculiar way, having Patch's hit "toy" not be a toy at all, but a lollipop sprinkled with magic dust. Santa Claus: The Movie gets really off-track in its final act. For starters, the big finale takes place in the middle of January, a cardinal sin for Christmas movies. But worse is that saving the day relies on the reindeer performing a complicated loop-de-loop maneuver they couldn't manage earlier in the film -- when flying straight ahead would have been more useful under the circumstances.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
UPC:
0012236111870
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
3,183

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio Commentary with Director Jeannot Szwarc and Moderated by Scott Michael Bosco; Santa Claus - The Making of the Movie; Talent Bios: Dudley Moore, Jeannot Szwarc; Theatrical Trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Huddleston Santa Claus
Dudley Moore Patch
John Lithgow B.Z.
Judy Cornwell Anya Claus
Christian Fitzpatrick Joe
Carrie Kei Heim Cornelia
Jeffrey Kramer Towzer
John Barrard Dooley
Anthony O'Donnell Puffy
Burgess Meredith Ancient Elf
Melvyn Hayes Goobler
Don Estelle Groot
Dickie Arnold Goobler
Paul Aspland Reporter
Michael Drew Reporter
Walter Goodman Street Corner Santa
John Hallam Grizzard
Judith Morse Miss Abruzzi
Peter O'Farrell Honka
Michael Ross Policeman
Christopher Ryan Vout
Tim Stern Boog
John Cassady Wino
Sally Cranfield Reporter
Aimée Delamain Storyteller
Ronald Fernee Policeman
Jerry Harte Senate Chairman
Dorothea Phillips Miss Tucker

Technical Credits
Jeannot Szwarc Director
Don Dossett Art Director
Paul Engelen Makeup
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Pat Garrett Choreography
John Hobbs Songwriter
John Hoesli Art Director
Peter Hollywood Editor
Bill House Songwriter
Tim Hutchinson Art Director
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Newman Original Story
David Newman Original Story,Screenwriter
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Ilya Salkind Producer
Alexander Salkind Producer
Penny Shwayer Makeup
Pierre Spengler Producer
Malcolm Stone Art Director
Stuart World Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Santa Claus: The Movie
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:09]
2. Once Upon A Time [6:36]
3. The North Star [4:28]
4. Santa's Workshop [:24]
5. Meeting The Reindeers [4:04]
6. Making Toys [2:41]
7. Season's Greetings [3:50]
8. Benediction [2:30]
9. Joy To The World! [5:19]
10. Blue Christmas [7:55]
11. Mass Production [2:07]
12. Good Will Toward Men [4:15]
13. Sleigh Ride [2:08]
14. Toy Recall [9:09]
15. Patch Dismissed [1:18]
16. B.Z. On Trial [2:49]
17. Patch's Proposition [2:11]
18. Special Ingredient [7:37]
19. Christmas II [5:33]
20. B.Z. Busted [10:02]
21. S.O.S. [5:44]
22. Santa To The Rescue [4:21]
23. Happy Ending [5:53]
24. End Credits [1:31]

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