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

Dated '80s holiday movie has smoking, product placement.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
Common Sense Media

One would expect a holiday epic with a title like Santa Claus: The Movie. It implies something definitive, which would therefore put it in the canon of Christmas classics. However, this is definitely not the case.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
Movie Views

Even though some of its special effects are now dated, Santa Claus: The Movie is a touching tale that deserves to be rediscovered by younger generations.

Full Review… | September 27, 2005

Colorful super spectacle suffers from script, pacing.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Here is a Christmas package that should have been left on the shelf.

March 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

So horrible I didn't even like it when I was a member of its target audience.

April 10, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

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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