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A 1985 film from the producers of the first three Superman movies (and the director of Supergirl), starring Dudley Moore as one of Santa's elves and John Lithgow as a Corrupt Corporate Executive who seeks to commercialize Santa's Christmas magic. David Huddleston is Santa, but doesn't get 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 Present Day. While Santa befriends a Street Urchin and a Spoiled Sweet 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.Not to be confused with the 1959 Mexican film Santa Claus.
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