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zch| Santa Claus: The Movie
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Screenplay: David Newman, Leslie Newman
Producer: Ilya Salkind, Pierre Spengler, Robert Simmonds
Cast: Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith, Judy Cornwell
Genre: Thrillers

Running Time: 107
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (PAL )
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, German
Studio:  Lions Gate DVD Region:  4 PG
DVD Release:  Oct 2010 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) []
Reviews:  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 inventing elf, strikes out on his own and falls in with an evil toy manufacturer who wants to corner the market and eliminate Santa Claus.


The above tells the story of Sant…WAIT! That’s not the story of St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas. He is not, as the documentary says (a 50 min doc was on the Blu-ray) “an invention.” Oh sure, the modern retelling with the flying reindeer, living in the North Pole, and one night all the gifts across the world are given by one individual, but not what Santa Claus was.

He was not some common peasant. He was rich, gave presents to children every Christmas. Saint Nicholas (270 – 343), also known as Nikolaos of Myra. He attended the Council of Nicaea which we, at the church I go to, quote the Nicene Creed every week. St. Nick was so into Christ and he struck another person at the council for not believing it (both were bishops, or pastors).

So Santa Claus was totally an “invention?” Don’t make me laugh!

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