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I Believe in Santa Claus


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Young Simon wants only one thing for Christmas -- for his mother and father to come back home from abroad in time for the holidays. Fortunately a little yuletide magic steps in, and soon he's off for the adventure of a lifetime aboard a jet liner that takes him to the North Pole, where he encounters Santa Claus, a fiendish ogre, and much, much more! Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Francis Lai (Love Story), this enchanting family favorite is perfect for any time of year.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Karen Chéryl, Armand Meffre, Emeric Chapuis, Alexia Haudot, Jeanne Herviale
  • Directors: Christian Gion
  • Writers: Christian Gion, Didier Kaminka
  • Producers: Christian Gion, Patrick Delauneux
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TEUSIQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Believe in Santa Claus" on IMDb

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Schmidt on January 6, 2008
Format: DVD
I don't think that any film will ever dethrone "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" as the worst Christmas movie of all time...but "I Believe in Santa Claus" sure comes close. While not as absurd as "..Martians," this film is just as nonsensical. If you're looking for quality family entertainment, you're going to be extremely disappointed. However, if you've got a good sense of humor, have had a few drinks, and are looking for something worthy of the Mystery Science Theater treatment, you might just enjoy this train wreck captured on film.

Let me clear up one thing before we begin - the title on the DVD box reads "I Believe in Santa Claus." The title that appears when you pop the DVD into your player is "Here Comes Santa Claus." In actuality, the name of this movie is "J'ai rencontré le Père Noël" - it is a low budget French film from 1984 that has been dubbed (poorly) into English. The film is presented full frame, so you will be losing some of the image around the margins, but when the production values are so low, it hardly matters. The film definitely has an aged look, and the DVD was obviously produced from a tape master, as there is occasional video distortion, and the print has a very un-restored look to it.

The plot revolves around a young boy named Simon, whose parents are being held as political prisoners in Africa (we're never told why, but we can assume it's for an illogical reason). On a field trip to the airport (yes, a field trip to the airport), Simon and his friend Elodie stow aboard an airplane bound for Rovanemi, where they meet up with Santa Claus (I thought he lived at the North Pole - silly me).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CB on December 16, 2011
Format: DVD
YESSSSS!!!!!

This WAS and WILL ALWAYS be a nostalgic favorite for MY family. However, that may not be true for yours.

Let me qualify this by stating that 1) I saw this originally in 1985 or so and grew up watching it every year, then enjoyed watching my youngest siblings, nieces and nephews watch it year after year as well, 2) the songs are permanently etched in the collective memory of my entire family (we've been caught humming them), and 3) the VHS tape had wear and tear on it from the years of viewing pleasure so any quality issues with the transfer to DVD would be transparent to us.

It's bad. The story does not make sense. Things seem out of order. There's an OGRE? That never made sense, but somehow captivated our interest and held our attention and drew us back year after year. The kid's parents are in Africa for some unknown reason and can't be there for Christmas, and he's terribly sad for the majority of the movie, which is a lot for a kid watching this to comprehend.

I don't know what it is, but every kid in my family would sit mesmerized watching this movie.

The ogre is played by the same actor as the mean janitor who throws putty at the main character and locks him in a cupboard. The teacher is played by the same actress as the good fairy. The overlap makes sense as both pairs of characters seem to represent good and bad, yet I remember being confused by this and not really being sure what was "real" and what was "fantasy" or if it was meant to all be real.

The songs, oh my! They're weird because they're dubbed in English and some of the words seem to be forced in as part of the translation.

This may not be a great choice for the modern child, but if you're anything like me and my family (odd), and you grew up watching this, you'll be overjoyed to find a way to keep the tradition living on beyond the age of VHS.
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By Cristie Mason on January 1, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My adult children had loved this movie when they were kids and had asked for it several years ago for Christmas. This year was the first year I was able to locate it. They were both so excited when they opened their package and discovered it. The movie itself is not the most exciting of videos, but since it was tied to their childhood, they really enjoyed it. They still loved the music and were able to sing along with it. I do not think this show would entertain today's children if they are over about 8-9 yrs old, however.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry McAdams on December 21, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Extremely painful to watch. This is an old French film (dubbed) that was made on a very, very low budget. The quality is as low as I have ever seen and the story is sooooo bad you just can't sit through it. Special Effects are so bad my 12 year old could do better. Do not waste your money here. In fact send me a prepaid return envelope and I will gladly give you mine.
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THIS PURCHASE IS ACTUALLY A PURCHASE TO REPLACE THE DVD VERSION.
GRAND CHILDREN, NIECES, NEPHEWS HAVE ALL ENJOYED WATCHING THIS
MOVIE FOR YEARS UNTIL THE TAPE BROKE. WHEN I TOLD THE NOW ADULTS WITH
CHILDREN OF THEIR ON ABOUT FINDING THE DISK THEY ARE ANXIOUS FOR THEIR
CHILDREN TO ENJOY WHAT THEY ENJOYED. FUN MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS.
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By Tiffany on December 15, 2012
Format: DVD
This was my favorite Christmas movie as a kid!!! I loved the teacher/fairy, knew all of the songs, and have been looking for this movie on DVD for ages as "Here Comes Santa Claus." That is the name of the film on VHS, which is the dubbed-in-English version of "J'ai Recontre Le Pere Noel." You just made my Christmas extra magical ~ Thanks, Amazon!! <3
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