Get Santa

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Get Santa

Christopher Smith (2014)

U Certificate


Our Score
Christopher Smith, the British writer/director behind horror films Creep and Severance, has created a Christmas tale that has a slightly rougher edge than usual, yet still brims with good will to all men - even hardened criminals. Rafe Spall gives a touching, dry-witted portrayal of an ex-con who's keen to spend time with his nine-year-old son (the sprightly Kit Connor) after years behind bars. But after Santa crashes his sleigh and ends up in the boy's garden shed, Spall's plans for a nice day out turn into a screwball search for some missing reindeer. Jim Broadbent is hilarious as the bearded one, who ends up in the clink and then tries to pass himself off as tough guy "Mad Jimmy Claws". Inevitably, though, he draws out the softer side of the other inmates, including Stephen Graham and Warwick Davis (who doesn't appreciate being called an elf). Smith uses light and shade to great effect, and counters the testosterone with a magical detour to Lapland and a night-time sleigh ride over London, making this a delightful new spin on an old festive formula.


An ex-convict trying to reconnect with his son discovers Santa Claus hiding in his garden shed, having crashed his new sleigh. Father and son try to help him get safely home back to Lapland, but end up on the run from the police when an attempt to recover his missing reindeer lands Santa behind bars. Festive comedy, starring Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall and Warwick Davis.

Cast & Crew

Santa Claus Jim Broadbent
Steve Anderson Rafe Spall
Alison Jodie Whittaker
Tom Kit Connor
Sally Warwick Davis
Barber Stephen Graham
Ruth Morbury Joanna Scanlan
Knuckles Nonso Anozie
Brian the guard Matt King
Tony Joshua McGuire
Director Christopher Smith
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Dec 2014
Comedy Drama Children's