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Santa Claus

  • Action
  • Family
  • 1985
  • Jeannot Szwarc
  • 104 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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PatchDudley Moore
BZJohn Lithgow
ClausDavid Huddleston
Ancient elfBurgess Meredith
AnyaJudy Cornwell
TowzerJeffrey Kramer
JoeChristian Fitzpatrick
CorneliaCarrie Kei Heim
DooleyJohn Barrard
PuffyAnthony O'Donnell
GooberMelvyn Hayes
GrootDon Estelle
BoogTim Stern
HonkaPeter O'Farrell
VoutChristopher Ryan
GooblerDickie Arnold

Crew

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DirectorJeannot Szwarc

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Released on
1985-11-29
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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