Santa Who?

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Santa Who?
Region 2 DVD Cover
Directed by William Dear
Produced by Frank Siracusa
Written by Debra Frank
Steve L. Hayes
Starring Leslie Nielsen
Steven Eckholdt
Robyn Lively
Music by Joel McNeely
Cinematography Derick V. Underschultz
Edited by Edgar Burcksen
Hearst Entertainment
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date
  • November 19, 2000 (2000-11-19) (U.S.)
  • December 3, 2000 (2000-12-03) (UK)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Santa Who? is a 2000 American made-for-television fantasy-comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen and directed by William Dear. The plot centers on Santa Claus developing a case of amnesia (specifically source amnesia) right before Christmas. As of 2009, it is shown in the 25 Days of Christmas programming block on ABC Family.

The film is rated TV-PG.


The film starts with Santa feeling ill and going out for fresh air on a flight in his sleigh. Because of bad weather, he falls out and lands in New York. After the fall, he is unable to remember who he is. An afraid-of-commitment TV news reporter finds him and uses him on TV to get audience while vowing them to find his family. In the meantime, Santa works in a mall. The TV newsreporter's girlfriend's son repeatedly tries to convince the adults that he is the real Santa Claus, which the adults refuse to believe.

Santa still remembers certain details about Christmas but is unable to remember how he knows them, as typically happens with source amnesia. All the while, Santa's elves are looking for him. Near the end, a couple thinks it could be their grandfather who has grown a beard, and take him with them. Instead, when it is proved he is Santa, the reporter regains his faith in Christmas and gains a family.


Actor Role
Leslie Nielsen Santa Claus
Steven Eckholdt Peter Albright
Robyn Lively Claire Dreyer
Max Morrow Zack Dreyer
Tommy Davidson Max the Elf
Darren Frost Rupert the Elf
Karen LeBlanc Lenny the Camera Person
R.D. Reid Grady
Ted Atherton George, Ch. 12 Manager
Stewart Arnott Lusby, Claire's Boss
Carol Lempert Ellen, Claire's Secretary
Roger Clown Ray Engles
Elizabeth Brown Nancy Engles
Laura DeCarteret Sister Greta
Richard Fitzpatrick Detective Lohenry


Christopher Null of gave Santa Who? 2 out of 5 stars.[1]

See also[edit]

List of television films produced for American Broadcasting Company


  1. ^ Null, Christopher (2001). "Santa Who? Movie Review, DVD Release". Archived from the original on 1 August 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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