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Santa Claus The Movie G CC

Claus, a woodsman, and his wife Anya give beautiful presents to the children in the area each year. This is the origin of the wonderful legend of Father Christmas, or Santa Claus, as the English call him.

Starring:
Dudley Moore, John Lithgow
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Kids & Family
Director Jeannot Szwarc
Starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow
Supporting actors David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith, Judy Cornwell, Jeffrey Kramer, Christian Fitzpatrick, Carrie Kei Heim, John Barrard, Anthony O'Donnell, Melvyn Hayes, Don Estelle, Tim Stern, Peter O'Farrell, Christopher Ryan, Dickie Arnold, Aimée Delamain, Dorothea Phillips, John Hallam, Judith Morse
Studio VIACOM Media Networks
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Brandy Leigh Pyle on July 12, 2004
Format: DVD
The man who plays Santa in this movie is the cutest, sweetest, most magical Santa Claus ever captured on film. I swear to this day...this man IS the real Santa. They could not have done a better job in casting this film. I get goosebumps every time they show Santa take off in the sleigh for the first time. Outstanding movie!!
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Format: DVD
Anyone buying a copy of this film should really get the wide screen DVD version. The flying sequences are so much better in widescreen as are the scenes in the North Pole toy factory. The "full frame" pan and scan version just can't hold a candle to the widescreen (I have both so have carefully compared them.)
There is an excellent director's comment track with questions being asked by the Special Projects Consultant for Anchor Bay (the company distributing the DVD) and answered and expanded upon by the director, Jeannot Szwarc. It is worth the price of the package alone. However there is also a great "making of" feature that was produced as a TV documentary at the time of the theatrical release of the film.
This is a really great Christmas film for the whole family. The first hour telling the story of how a simple wood cutter and toy maker become Santa Claus is completely charming. David Huddleston is a wonderful Claus. Dudly Moore is excellent as the elf, Patch, who is into everything and constantly inventing new gadgets. He shows his tender side as he grooms and takes care of the reindeer. It is really tragic that Mr. Moore now has the disease that make it impossible for him to perform any longer. That makes this film that much more of a treasure as it shows him at the top of his form as an actor. (Too bad the producers couldn't have used his musical talents in some way.)
John Lithgow is a delightfully hammy villain in the second portion of the film showing the early stages of the character he later does in "Third Rock From The Sun". The two children are also great, very real and not the cloying poor child actors that could easily have been used.
Trim the tree, light a fire in the fireplace, pour an egg nog and enjoy the very special Holiday treat!.
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This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. It brings the legend of Santa Claus to life in a grandiose way (i.e. great Hollywood special effects and wonderful musical score!) This movie was produced by the Salkinds (which probably explains why some of the flying sequences are similar to the Superman movies.) I just recently found it is available now on DVD. The DVD gives you four movie trailers and a very interesting hour-long behind the scenes making of "Santa Claus: The Movie." It also has director's commentary, if you like that. Buy the widescreen version. Ever since owning a DVD player, I have enjoyed watching movies presented widescreen. I hate to see them "fit to screen," because it cuts so much out of the picture. The score is by Henry Mancini and is just magical, especially "Sleigh Ride Over Manhattan"! This is a wonderful Christmas movie that you and your family will enjoy for years to come!!
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Santa Claus The Movie(1985) is a fun piece of 1980's camp. It was produced by Alexander and Ilya Salkind(the Superman movies) and directed by Jeannot Szwarc(Jaws 2, Supergirl). The music score by the late Henry Mancini is quite good. I remember when TV stations frequently showed this film on Christmas in the 80's. Dudley Moore and John Lithgow are given top billing, but it's character actor David Huddleston who plays Santa Claus. Judy Cornwell plays Anya/Mrs. Claus. Mr. Claus and Ayna Claus almost freeze to death in a blizzard and they are saved by elves. In the 20th Century, Santa Claus has to deal with an unscrupulous, corrupt, Grinch-like businessman(played by John Lithgow) who wants to ruin the spirit of Christmas.
The late Dudley Moore played head elf Patch. His name was Ollie in an early draft. John Lithgow is campy and over the top as corrupt toy maker B.Z. David Huddleston is warm, sincere and earnest as a flesh and blood Santa Claus. Carrie Kei Heim and Christian Fitzpatrick play kids who become Santa's friends. Burgess Meredith played The Ancient One. Santa Claus The Movie is impressive on a technical level and it was made on a $50 million budget. The filmmakers used over 20 flesh and blood reindeers as well as animatronic ones. The visual effects by Roy Field, David Lane, and Derek Meddings were state-of-the-art in 1985. It was made before movies used too much CGI. The script for Santa Claus does have some plot holes and there's McDonald's product placement in the middle of the film. Some people think of Santa Claus The Movie as "ponderous". At one point, the Salkinds tried to hire John Carpenter, Guy Hamilton, or Robert Wise to direct the film. The role of B.Z. was offered to Harrison Ford and Dustin Hoffmann. The Santa Claus The Movie novelization by Joan D.
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Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, and David Huddleston star in the 1985 masterpiece (that's right, I said masterpiece), "Santa Clause the Movie". The film starts off by depicting the origin of one of the world's most favorite people, Santa Claus (David Huddleston), showing how he and his wife were brought to a workshop at the North Pole by elves in fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. There, they were granted immortality with the mission of delivering the elf-made toys to the children of the world on one night each year. The film charmingly takes us through the centuries and eventually lands in modern day, when a wealthy little girl named Cornelia befriends a homeless orphan boy named Joe in New York City. The pair also manage to befriend Santa on his nightly ride, but when he returns home and finds his heavy workload is becoming too much for him, Santa decides to take on an assistant. A competition is held, but when the result brings on disaster the following Christmas, an ambitious elf named Patch (Dudley Moore) decides to go out into the world and prove his worth to Santa. It's soon after that he meets B.Z (Lithgow), an unscrupulous, greedy maker of dangerously defective toys. Patch naively teams up with B.Z. to bring the world "something special" for Christmas, but in the end only Santa Claus himself, with the help of Cornelia and Joe of course, will be able to save Patch and everyone else from the hazardous gifts they create!

The Salkinds, the same people who brought you Christopher Reeve as "Superman," spared no expense in this epic tale of another high-flying force for good, Santa Claus, appropriately dubbed "Santa Claus the Movie.
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