Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Jeannot Szwarc (1985)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


An impulsive elf walks out on Father Christmas during the hectic preparations for the festive season, and heads for New York determined to make a name for himself. However, he falls into the clutches of an evil toy manufacturer, who has a devilish money-making plan up his sleeve. Family fantasy adventure, starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith and Judy Cornwell.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Jeannot Szwarc
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's