Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)




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It looks like Christmas (and all that it stands for) is seriously threatened when a troublesome elf (Dudley Moore) joins up with a greedy toy manufacturer who'd like nothing better than to eliminate Santa Claus (David Huddleston) so he can monopolize the manufacture (and lucrative distribution) of all the world's toys.
Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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TriStar Pictures


David Huddleston
as Santa Claus
Burgess Meredith
as Ancient Elf
Carrie Kei Heim
as Cornelia
John Barrard
as Dooley
Melvyn Hayes
as Goober
Paul Aspland
as Reporter
Don Estelle
as Groot
Michael Drew
as Reporter
Tim Stern
as Boog
Dickie Arnold
as Goobler
Dorothea Phillips
as Miss Tucker
Michael Ross
as Policeman
John Hallam
as Grizzard
Judith Morse
as Miss Abruzzi
Jerry Harte
as Senate Chairman
Sally Cranfield
as Reporter
Walter Goodman
as Street Corner Santa
Aimee Delamain
as Storyteller
Ronald Fernee
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Santa Claus: The Movie

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 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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Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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
Wahida K

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
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


It wasn't a magical Christmas movie. You'd expect from the folks who brought us the Superman films, something called "Santa Claus - The Movie" would be truly amazing. But it was a dismal bore. Santa had no personality. Dudley was good as the bad Elf. There was no magic here.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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