Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)


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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: David Newman, Jeannot Szwarc
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 4, 2005
TriStar Pictures


as Santa Claus

as Ancient Elf

as Goober

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Miss Tucker

as Policeman

as Grizzard

as Miss Abruzzi

as Senate Chairman

as Street Corner Santa

as Storyteller

as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Santa Claus: The Movie

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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December 22, 2003
AV Club
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Dated '80s holiday movie has smoking, product placement.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Santa Claus: The Movie

Not one of the best Santa Claus Movies but a nice Santa Movie.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A fantastic cast and a magical film, I have such fond memories of watching this as a child. Unfortunately, on re-watching this last Christmas, I was horrified to realise this is an awful film. Still, I'm giving it a decent rating for the child inside.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


This is one of the first Christmas movies I saw as a child. There is an evil toy manufacturer who tricks Patch (head elf) to produce toys to eliminate the need for Santa Claus but Santa saves the day. Hooray!

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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