The Night They Saved Christmas (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Night They Saved Christmas1984

The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)





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Art Carney effectively portrays a weary, wisecracking Santa Claus (not the department store variety, but the real McCoy) in the made-for-TV The Night They Saved Christmas. Right now, Santa has very little to be jolly about: his North Pole toy factory is threatened with demolition by greedy oil prospectors. Eco-conscious Jaclyn Smith and three kids come to the rescue. The film is highlighted by several songs written by Paul Williams, who co-stars as chief elf Ed. Filmed in part at the Arctic Circle, The Night They Save Christmas was a Holiday perennial for several years after its December 1984 debut.

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Art Carney
as Santa Claus
Jaclyn Smith
as Claudia Baldwin
Paul Le Mat
as Michael Baldwin
Mason Adams
as Sumner Murdock
June Lockhart
as Mrs. Claus
Laura Jacoby
as Marianne
Buddy Douglas
as Dr. Fernando
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The Night They Saved Christmas is a whimsical and enchanting family film that's full of Christmas spirit. When Santa's workshop is in danger of being destroyed by an oil company dynamiting in the Arctic, Santa tries to convince the site director to stop the drilling by giving his family a tour of his workshops at North Pole City. Jaclyn Smith and Art Carney lead the cast and deliver excellent performances. The story is well-written, with interesting characters and an intriguing Santa Claus mythology. Additionally, the set designs are quite elaborate and imaginative. Heartwarming and magical, The Night They Saved Christmas is a fun holiday adventure.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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I liked it but the little boy who played C.B. drove me nuts!!

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

this is one of my favorite christmas stories of all time. its not a great movie so part of my score is based on nostalgia, but i grew up on this and never missed an year of watching it. creative and different than any christmas movie out there.

danny d
danny d

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