The Night They Saved Christmas

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  • NR
  • 1984
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 6.5  (1,700)

In the 1984 holiday film, The Night They Saved Christmas, Jaclyn Smith stars as Claudia Baldwin, a concerned mother and wife who suspects that her engineer husband, Michael (Paul Le Mat), is working on a top-secret project that could put both their family and the entire world in danger. After snooping around, Claudia discovers that Michael's project involves drilling beneath the North Pole in order to tap into a powerful source of geothermal energy. However, in doing so, he risks the destabilization of the earth's magnetic field, which could cause catastrophic consequences.

As Michael's work progresses, Claudia becomes more and more convinced that his project is a ticking time bomb. Her fears are confirmed when she learns that the North Pole drilling has caused a small earthquake, which in turn has damaged Santa Claus's underground facility. Claudia and her family decide to pay a visit to Santa Claus (Art Carney), who reveals that the damage is causing a leak of "trickle-down" radiation, which could potentially harm Santa and his fellow elves. Moreover, Santa is worried that the work being done on the surface could cause his entire operation to shut down, thus ruining Christmas for children all over the world.

Realizing the gravity of the situation, Claudia and her family work with Santa's elves to come up with a plan to save Christmas. They discover that one of Michael's drilling sites is located near an abandoned mine shaft, where they can redirect the geothermal energy and stabilize the earth's magnetic field. With the help of a group of island natives and their chief (played by Hawaiian musician Kapono Beamer), Claudia and her family work around the clock to complete the necessary modifications to the drilling equipment, while also fending off the suspicious and hostile workers hired by Michael's company.

The Night They Saved Christmas is a heartwarming family film that captures the magic and spirit of the holiday season. Jaclyn Smith delivers a convincing performance as a mother on a mission, while the late Art Carney shines as Santa Claus, exuding warmth, charisma, and a touch of humor. Paul Le Mat brings a sense of urgency and complexity to his role as the conflicted engineer torn between his ambition and his family.

The film also features impressive visual effects, especially for its time. The underground world of Santa Claus and his elves is portrayed with vivid colors and intricate details, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment. The scenes of the drilling operation, as well as the climactic race against time, are both suspenseful and thrilling, adding an element of adventure to the plot.

Overall, The Night They Saved Christmas is a charming and uplifting holiday film that will remind audiences of the importance of family, compassion, and the spirit of giving. With its strong cast, imaginative plot, and festive atmosphere, it is sure to become a beloved classic for generations to come.

The Night They Saved Christmas is a 1984 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

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    6.5  (1,700)