Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

Director
Jeannot Szwarc

Main cast
Dudley Moore; John Lithgow; David Huddleston; Burgess Meredith; Judy Cornwell

Genres
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Family

Description
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.


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