Santa Claus is a junk: 7 little-known anecdotes about the cult film

The Splendid comedy returns this afternoon to France 2. An April 19? Yes this is it !

Attention cult and essential Christmas film. Impossible to spend the end of year celebrations without being offered Santa Clause is garbage on one of the channels on the small screen. A tradition that could flourish indigestion as this comedy has been broadcast and rebroadcast on TV, but the crazy adventures of the Splendid troop continue, more than 30 years later, to hit the target with the public. To the point of also being offered in the middle of April, to laugh a little in these times of confinement. If the aftershocks have become cult and have not escaped anyone, some details of the film are much less known to the general public. The proof in 7 points pending the replay of the comedy by Jean-Marie Poiré on France 2, just after the 1 p.m. newspaper.

Santa Claus was not a hit in theaters
Its cult film status, Santa Claus is a junkHe didn’t win it in the dark rooms. When it came out, and despite the success of the play from which it was adapted, this feature was far from a hit. Abused by critics who are not necessarily excited, it attracts around 1.6 million spectators. It is thanks to the small screen, where it spends each year at Christmas, that the phenomenon is growing.

Santa Claus had a code name
Difficult to get Paris City Hall to accept a filming authorization for a film called Santa Clause is garbage. To be able to box the first scenes that take place on the Grands Boulevards, the production had to be tricky and give a false film title. Riding the craze of Tanned, she opted for The Bronzed celebrate Christmas.

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Santa Claus couldn’t take the bus
The film title of Jean-Marie Poiré was not only a problem for filming permits. On the promo side, the reception was not very warm, especially on the side of the RATP which refused to distribute the posters of the film. The fault of an overly provocative title. Same reluctance on the side of some cinemas that have retouched the title so as not to shock children and their parents. The team took advantage of the controversy surrounding its name to imagine a completely offbeat trailer:

Santa Claus has a family resemblance
To find inspiration, the Splendid troupe drew on a close and inexhaustible raw material: family. Pierre Mortez, the SOS Distress Friendship volunteer embodied by Thierry Lhermitte was thus inspired by Paul Chazel, the father of Marie-Anne Chazel. A pastor who also volunteered at SOS Amitié.

Santa Claus was to welcome Jean-Claude Dusse
Only present in the film by lending his voice to the sexual obsessed who calls the association, Michel Blanc should actually appear on the screen in the first version of the script. He had, in an alternative end, to incarnate a priest collecting the confessions of Pierre and Thérèse (Anemone) after their visit to the zoo. A clergyman denouncing the two volunteers to the police. It was with Pierre and Thérèse in the accused’s box that the film was to end.

Santa Claus was also to welcome Julio Iglesias
Latin lover was in the spotlight in Santa Clause is garbage. It is indeed on a title of Julio Iglesias (“You women”) that the slow between Pierre (Thierry Lhermitte) and Katia (Christian Clavier). But in the final cut, the production did not manage to have the rights to the song. So they changed that title to “Destiny” of Guy Marchand by re-recording the dialogs of this scene. But Julio Iglesias still remains present in the film thanks to Zézette (Marie-Anne Chazel) who wears a badge “I Love Julio” and whose caravan is decorated with posters of the singer.

Santa Claus got a remake
Released in 1982, Santa Clause is garbage was the subject of an American remake in 1994. Baptized Mixed Nuts (in VF Merry Christmas) and produced by Nora ephron (You have a message), this film with Steve Martin, Adam Sandler and Madeline Kahn has not left its mark on Hollywood … Here is an excerpt:

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