Call Me Claus (2001)





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As a child, Lucy Cullins asked Santa Claus to bring her father home from Vietnam. But when her dad returned in a pine box, the embittered Lucy decided that Christmas -- and every other holiday for that matter -- was a humbug. Now all grown-up (and played by Whoopi Goldberg), Lucy is the hard-as-nails producer for the Shop-A-Lot Channel, a home-shopping cable service. While auditioning actors to play Santa Claus for a hokey Yuletide informercial series, Lucy hires a twinkly eyed old gentleman named Nick (Nigel Hawthorne), who, unbeknownst to everyone but the audience, is the genuine, bonafide "Ho Ho Ho" man himself. Facing mandatory retirement at age 200, Nick must find someone to take his place as Santa Claus for the next two centuries. The person he chooses in none other than Lucy Cullins -- and if she doesn't accept the job, the North Pole will melt, wreaking havoc upon everyone in the world, whether they're "naughty" or "nice." Originally conceived as a vehicle for a black man, Call Me Claus was reshaped as a showcase for Whoopi Goldberg when the actress signed on as co-executive producer. Also in the production lineup was country & western singer Garth Brooks, who penned a handful of new songs for the occasion. Call Me Claus debuted over the TNT cable network on December 2, 2001.
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Whoopi Goldberg
as Lucy Cullins
Jasmine Guy
as Iesha
Victor Garber
as Taylor
Robert Costanzo
as Teamster Santa
Ed Gale
as Benson
as Iesha
Tinashe Kachingwe
as Young Lucy
Richard Moll
as Brooding Santa
Bruce Vilanch
as Himself
Allyce Beasley
as Telemarketer
Patti Tippo
as Barmaid
Grant Vaught
as Little Boy
Michael Francis Kelly
as Military Man
Henry G. Sanders
as Minister
Kip King
as Rabbi Rosenfarb
Alex Dean
as Woman No. 1
Nicholas Edwin Barb
as Boy Onlooker
Steve Murphy
as Elvis Santa
as Receptionist
Carter Spohn
as Charity Santa
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Critic Reviews for Call Me Claus

All Critics (3)

Predictable, dated holiday film is refreshingly multiracial.

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August 14, 2005

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November 16, 2001

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It could have been done better, but it still brought a perfect combination of drama and well written comedy.

Robert Groth
Robert Groth

Typical holiday movie. Santa is at the end of his reign and must find replacement. His replacement does not believe in him and is not the nicest person on earth. He must help her to believe. Typical but I still think it's a cute holiday movie.

Misty Smith
Misty Smith

It was okay - one of those movies that's good for background while doing other Christmas activities.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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