History Film / SantaClausTheMovie

22nd Mar '16 10:01:04 AM XFllo
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A 1985 film from the producers of the first three ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movies (and the director of ''{{Film/Supergirl}}''), starring Creator/DudleyMoore as one of Santa's elves and Creator/JohnLithgow as a CorruptCorporateExecutive who seeks to commercialize Santa's Christmas magic. [[Film/TheBigLebowski David Huddleston]] is Santa, but doesn't get [[BilledAboveTheTitle above-the-title billing]] despite playing the title character. The film's first act presents an origin story for Santa and proceeds to follow the growth of his legend over the centuries. The remainder of the film takes place in the PresentDay. While Santa befriends a StreetUrchin and a SpoiledSweet girl in New York City, the aforementioned elf Patch -- after screwing up one Christmas with an ill-fated attempt to bring an automated production system to the workshop -- heads to the Big Apple himself and falls in with the sinister toy mogul B.Z.

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A 1985 film from the producers of the first three ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movies (and the director of ''{{Film/Supergirl}}''), starring Creator/DudleyMoore as one of Santa's elves and Creator/JohnLithgow as a CorruptCorporateExecutive who seeks to commercialize Santa's Christmas magic. [[Film/TheBigLebowski David Huddleston]] is Santa, but doesn't get [[BilledAboveTheTitle above-the-title billing]] despite playing the title character. The film's first act presents an origin story for Santa and proceeds to follow the growth of his legend over the centuries. The remainder of the film takes place in the PresentDay. While Santa befriends a StreetUrchin and a SpoiledSweet another girl in New York City, the aforementioned elf Patch -- after screwing up one Christmas with an ill-fated attempt to bring an automated production system to the workshop -- heads to the Big Apple himself and falls in with the sinister toy mogul B.Z.



* SpoiledSweet: Cornelia.



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24th Dec '15 3:58:13 PM MrChips2301
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: B.Z. exclaims "shit!" under his breath when Joe bites him near the end of the film. Presumably this wasn't audible enough to be considered a problem or noticed by the censors, but it's easier to tell on the home video releases where it can be rewound.
20th Dec '15 5:45:28 PM evilwillhunting
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Even by the somewhat nonsensical standards of the movie's second half, The Patchmobile Launch is patently bizarre. From the silly launch sequence, to B.Z. and staff cheering Patch ENTIRELY too long for the segment, to Patch yelling "YAHOO!" as he launches (in a voice completely different than Moore's, and utterly out of character for the low key inventor elf)... it's just a very, very surreal sequence to observe.
16th Dec '15 10:47:58 AM esq263
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* HollywoodLaw: B.Z. Plans to flee to Brazil to escape prosecution, given that Brazil had no extradition treaty with the U.S.. Two problems: 1) At the time of the movie, Brazil had an extradition treaty with the U.S. for twenty years (and, for the present-day sequence, this is not meant to be a PeriodPiece); and 2) lack of an extradition treaty doesn't prevent a country from voluntarily extradititing a fugitive, particularly if the fugitive is a foreign national (and if the U.S. puts on the pressure).

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* HollywoodLaw: B.Z. Plans plans to flee to Brazil to escape prosecution, given that Brazil had no extradition treaty with the U.S.. Two problems: 1) At the time of the movie, Brazil had an extradition treaty with the U.S. for twenty years (and, for the present-day sequence, this is not meant to be a PeriodPiece); and 2) lack of an extradition treaty doesn't prevent a country from voluntarily extradititing a fugitive, particularly if the fugitive is a foreign national (and if the U.S. puts on the pressure).
16th Dec '15 10:46:39 AM esq263
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* HollywoodLaw: B.Z. Plans to flee to Brazil to escape prosecution, given that Brazil had no extradition treaty with the U.S.. Two problems: 1) At the time of the movie, Brazil had an extradition treaty with the U.S. for twenty years (and, for the present-day sequence, this is not meant to be a PeriodPiece); and 2) lack of an extradition treaty doesn't prevent a country from voluntarily extradititing a fugitive, particularly if the fugitive is a foreign national (and if the U.S. puts on the pressure).
5th Dec '15 10:19:02 AM DragonQuestZ
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* BetaOutfit: The elves make his suit, but MrsClaus doesn't think green works. When red is suggested, everyone enthusiastic, as it goes with Santa's rosy cheeks.
24th Nov '15 11:46:06 AM evilwillhunting
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* PunchClockVillain: Both ways with B.Z.'s henchmen. Inverted with the {{Adorkable}} toady, Towser, who doesn't seem malicious, just weak-willed. Played straight with Grizzard, who is a genuinely mean bastard.

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* PunchClockVillain: Both ways with B.Z.'s henchmen. Inverted Played straight with the {{Adorkable}} toady, Towser, who doesn't seem malicious, just weak-willed. Played straight Inverted with Grizzard, who is a [[TheDragon genuinely mean bastard.bastard]].
24th Nov '15 11:39:17 AM evilwillhunting
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* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Most of the elves seem to be living in the ancient past, utterly aware of the outside world or how times have changed. Notably averted with Patch, who seems to be aware of modern technology such as television and indoor heating.


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* MsFanservice: The dancers and singers for Patch's commercial are just a step below Vegas Showgirls.
24th Nov '15 11:30:50 AM evilwillhunting
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--> '''B.Z.:''' Santa Claus... is FINISHED!
24th Nov '15 11:27:34 AM evilwillhunting
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* BigDamnHeroes: This may be the only movie where ''North Pole Reindeer'' get this moment.
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