Santa Claus

  • U
  • Jeannot Szwarc (1985)
  • UK / US
  • 104 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Dudley Moore plays the elf who loses his job with Santa and decides to sell his former employer's secrets to evil toy manufacturer John Lithgow in this rather daft family comedy. Directed by French-born Jeannot Szwarc (the man behind the camera for Jaws 2 and Supergirl), it boasts a great opening (which explains who Santa really is), but gets bogged down with infantile humour, a silly script and plot twists that a five-year-old would find insulting. One wonders whether Szwarc had presents delivered down his chimney the year this was made.

Plot Summary

Seasonal comedy starring Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. After creating havoc at the North Pole, Patch, one of Santa's elves, heads for New York to make a name for himself. In the big city, he teams up with BZ, a ruthless toy manufacturer and together they develop a fantastic new brand of candy. But Patch doesn't realise how dangerous the invention is in the hands of his sinister partner.

Cast and crew

Cast

Patch
Dudley Moore
BZ
John Lithgow
Claus
David Huddleston
Ancient elf
Burgess Meredith
Anya
Judy Cornwell
Towzer
Jeffrey Kramer
Joe
Christian Fitzpatrick
Cornelia
Carrie Kei Heim
Dooley
John Barrard
Puffy
Anthony O'Donnell
Goober
Melvyn Hayes
Groot
Don Estelle
Boog
Tim Stern
Honka
Peter O'Farrell
Vout
Christopher Ryan
Goobler
Dickie Arnold

Crew

Director
Jeannot Szwarc

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U
Categories
Drama