The first half of this film, set hundreds of years ago, shows how the old man who eventually became Santa Claus was given immortality and chosen to deliver toys to all the children of the world. The second half moves into the modern era, in which Patch, the head elf, strikes out on his own and falls in with an evil toy manufacturer who wants to corner the market and eliminate Santa Claus.

  1. David Newman

    Screenplay, Story

  2. Jeannot Szwarc


  3. Leslie Newman


Top Billed Cast

  1. Dudley Moore

    Dudley Moore


  2. John Lithgow

    John Lithgow


  3. David Huddleston

    David Huddleston

    Santa Claus

  4. Burgess Meredith

    Burgess Meredith

    Ancient Elf

  5. Judy Cornwell

    Judy Cornwell

    Anya Claus

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Santa Claus: The Movie
Santa Claus: The Movie


Status Released

Release Information

  • October 29, 1985


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 48m

Budget $50,000,000.00

Revenue $23,717,291.00



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