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Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)

Angela Lansbury , Michael Jeter , Terry Hughes  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Angela Lansbury, Michael Jeter, Terrence Mann, Lynsey Bartilson, Bryan Murray
  • Directors: Terry Hughes
  • Writers: Mark Saltzman
  • Producers: David Shaw, Eric Ellenbogen, J. Boyce Harman Jr., Mark A. Burley, Priscilla Morgan
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQRYT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mrs. Santa Claus" on IMDb

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Much closer to Hello, Dolly! than your usual Christmas special, Mrs. Santa Claus joins two distinct genres: holiday family fare and the Broadway musical. This song-studded extravaganza was especially designed for TV by Broadway legend Jerry Herman, whose songs are just as incorrigibly catchy on the small screen as they are on the stage. Herman uses one of his favorite leading ladies from the theater, Angela Lansbury, in a tale of Santa's "invisible wife," who takes the reindeer off for an impulsive week-long adventure in New York City. Unexpectedly becoming a suffragette and labor organizer (it's set in the early 20th century), Mrs. Claus twinkles merrily at all who cross her path. This is a problem, dramatically speaking, because what's compelling about someone who twinkles all the time? The costumes are by Bob Mackie (duh), the choreography by Chicago director Rob Marshall. And just try to get the melodies out of your head. --Robert Horton

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ABOUT TIME FOR THE MRS December 22, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
As we grow up we always hear about how great Santa Claus is. Keep in mind, I am not knocking the greatness of Santa, but it is always a wonder who the heck was Mrs Santa Claus? Now we know the woman behind the man.
I could not have thought of a better woman to play the part than Angela Lansbury. The former Queen of Broadway and the former J.B. Fletcher tells a beautiful story of how it is about time for the "...World to know there's a Mrs. Santa Claus".
The costumes in the movie were wonderfully fitting for the times and season; and yet not over the top. The two outfits designed by Emmy Award Nominee (for best Costumes) Bob Mackie that made Angela shine even brighter were the Policeman's ball gown and the "sleigh ride" outfit at the end of the film.
I thought the dancing was done superbly. It has been a long time since we, the public, have seen dancing in a made for t.v. movie. It is nice to revisit such an old friend.
The story about the Mrs wanting more attention, and the story of women's rights in the world of men, seem to have blended nicely. Most people would say that it is not the right time to discuss such problems at the most wonderful time of the year. I say the timing is correct and needed to help understand Anna's quest for more attention. Anna also proves that she is more than just "the shadow behind the great man". She proves to herself and the world that she does have some worth.
Charles Durning was delightful as Santa but slightly stiff. Terrance Mann was excellent as the "grinch" of Christmas. Overall the cast was 4 stars (out of 5).
The story was good; I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5. The costumes were 5 stars as was Angela Lansbury. The songs were cute and nicely done (4 out of 5 stars). But overall, it was 5 stars.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars toe-tapping musical treat April 26, 2001
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MRS SANTA CLAUS is a delightful new musical starring one of Broadway's "Grande Dames", Angela Lansbury!
Mrs Santa Claus (Angela Lansbury) is tired "of being the shadow behind the great man" and takes the reindeer, three days before Christmas, on a little spin around the world. Poor reindeer Cupid hurts his leg and she has to make an emergency stop in downtown New York (circa 1900's).
There she stays in "Avenue A", filled with colorful characters like stable boy Marcello (David Norona), feisty Sadie (Debra Wiseman) and Irish urchin Nora (Lynsey Bartilson). While in New York she endears herself to the wonderful residents as Mrs North.
The Jerry Herman-penned songs are the tops with "We Don't Go Together", "Whistle", "He Needs Me", "Mrs Santa Claus" and many more.
Fantastic costumes by the always-dependable Bob Mackie and game support by Michael Jeter, Terrence Mann and Charles Durning all add fun to the proceedings.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Mrs. Clause's Turn! May 27, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
Angela Lansbury brings her own unique magic from "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and her beautiful singing voice from "Beauty and the Beast" to the holiday favorite "Mrs. Santa Claus". This movie is a wonderful Winter treat that can be watched by everyone! either young or old or whatever holiday you celebrate during the Winter holidays. This movie incorpatates it all into one.
Mrs. Anna Claus and the elves have finshed the toy packing early and Mrs. Claus realizes she has time to try a new route she has made for Santa, because he is too busy reading letters to notice her. But her plans quickly change when bad weather causes her to make an emergency landing in New York only to find that Cupid has damaged his leg. When she meets a stable owner named Marcello, he tells her that Cupid will need a week to recover. But Christmas eve is in one a week!
Mrs. Claus decides it wise to choose a new name while in New York and that name is Mrs. North.
Mrs. Claus (a.k.a Mrs. North) soon gets comfortable and starts meeting people all around town including Sadie Lowenstein; a young girl willing to fight for the right to vote in the free country of America, and her mother Mrs. Lowenstein; who says that "For free they'll throw us out of it!" Mrs. North also meets the girl Nora Kilkenny and her nasty employer Mr. Tavish who has children make toys that fall apart by Christmas. With a little work and friendship, Mrs. Clause can help Nora stand up to Mr. Tavish, help Mrs. Lowenstein realize she is in no danger in America, assist Sadie in her struggle for the rights of women, and even play matchmaker by getting Sadie and her admirer, Marcello, together. But she must also make it back to the North Pole before Christmas eve or there will be no Christmas!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another EXQUISITE performance from Angela! June 16, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
You can never go wrong with Angela Lansbury. I've always known it I guess, but, when you watch this movie and wish you still believed in Santa because of Mrs. Claus, it kind of reminds you!;)
Really, the songs are terrific, and you can watch the movie over and over again! I watched it four or five times the first day I got it! It's just one of those movies you can memorize the dialouge for, and yet, still sit, watch, quote and enjoy!(Probably mostly due to Angela!)
I was a little shocked at first that the movie was taking place in 1910, but the costumes were incredible! I especially loved the exquisite red dress "Mrs. North" (Mrs. Claus...Angela) wears at the Policemen's Charity Ball!!! Coincedentally, that's also when she sings one of the best songs in the film.
The plot is easy to follow, and it really holds your attention. You just can't wait to see what Mrs. Claus will do next!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars seems like equal rights apply everywhere
Mrs. santa Claus is very important too. seems like equal rights apply everywhere.
Published 23 days ago by mike mcquistion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The item is fantastic and Angela Lansbury is great!
Perfect!!!
Federico
Published 1 month ago by Federico
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love the story and the music
Published 1 month ago by Christina Straub
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie
I have been trying to get this movie for a long time, the picture was perfect and the condition was excelent
Published 3 months ago by Anabella Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Not good business practices.....
This is one of my favorite little movies. I have it in VHS which is like a dinosaur. So I ordered it in DVD. It came from Rarewaves.com.Ltd - Columbia House in England. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Farmgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the penny
A liitle known Jerry Herman piece that brings all the joy of Christmas & Chanukkah to light. Angela Lansberry and the entire cast are a delight, with some terrific Jerry Herman... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Seymour Tenenbaum
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this move alot
I love the move a lot and I'm glad that I have it and I love Christmas I'm trying to Collcet Christmas move and thank you
Published 6 months ago by Sylvia
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Santa Claus
My husband and I loved it. And Angela Lansbury is great! Good story, lots of action and great songs in this one.
Published 7 months ago by Judith P. Arndt
1.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Santa Claus
i really did not appreciate the French sub titles that accomopanied every song that was sung. It is impossible to eliminate them
Published 7 months ago by Kay E Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Santa Claus
I need to return it-first of all it came after Xmas AND-it doesn't play. I think it is for other countries--is that possible?
Published 8 months ago by bjlisbin
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