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The producers of the Superman movies took a shot at revitalizing the myth of Santa Claus with this 1985 feature. Unfortunately, the results were much less compelling than the flagship Superman feature, despite a script by one of the latter's key writers (David Newman) and a story structure that is essentially a carbon copy of the Man of Steel's movie. The first half of Santa Claus: The Movie is a ponderous origins tale, in which we learn that Santa was actually a woodcutter saved from certain death by elves and taken to the North Pole to begin life as the chimney-dropping hero of children everywhere. The second half involves a world-class villain (John Lithgow) who recruits an outcast elf (Dudley Moore) in a scheme to sabotage old St. Nick. While it aims to become a Christmas classic in the hearts and minds of generations to come, the film never really engages an audience, partially because Santa himself is merely a supporting player in the drama. Jeannot Szwarc (Supergirl, Jaws II) directs with a disabling lack of vision, and the special effects are terrible for such an expensive production. Sorry, but it's coals in the stocking for this flick. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Jeannot Szwarc and Special Projects Consultant Scott Michael Bosco
  • Featurette: Santa Claus - The Making of the Movie
  • U.S. & Foreign Theatrical Trailer
  • Talent Bios


Dudley MoorePatch
John LithgowB.Z.
David HuddlestonSanta Claus
Burgess MeredithAncient Elf
Judy CornwellAnya Claus
Jeffrey KramerTowzer
Christian FitzpatrickJoe

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  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Director: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 108 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 29, 1985
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 20, 2002
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