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The cover to the VHS release.

Santa Who? is a ABC TV movie, starring the late Leslie Nielsen, that premiered, as part of The Wonderful World of Disney, on November 19, 2000. Based on the unpublished story by Chad Hoffman & Robert Schwartz, it got nominated for a 2001 Saturn Award for Best Single Genre TV Presentation, and a Young Artist Award for Best Family TV Network Movie.

Synopsis

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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 he regains consciousness, he is unable to remember who he is.

Peter Albright, an afraid-of-commitment TV news reporter, finds and uses him on TV to get an audience while vowing them to find his family. In the meantime, Santa works in a mall. Peter's girlfriend's son repeatedly tries to convince the adults that he is the real Santa Claus, which they refuse to believe.

Santa still remembers certain details about Christmas but is unable to remember how he knows them, as typically happens with 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, Peter regains his faith in Christmas and gains a family.

Cast

Actor/actressCharacter(s)
Leslie NielsenSanta Claus
Steven EckholdtPeter Albright (adult)
Connor CunninghamPeter Albright (young)
Robyn LivelyClaire Dreyer
Max Morrow*Zack Dreyer
Tommy DavidsonMax
Darren FrostRupert the Elf
Karen LeblancLenny
R.D. ReidGrady
Ted AthertonGeorge
Stewart ArnottLusby
Carol LempertEllen
Roger ClownRay
Elizabeth BrownNancy
Laura de CarteretSister Greta
Richard FitzpatrickDetective Lohenry
Karen RobinsonDr. Ericson
Bill DearSparky
David Sparrow
Jazz Mann
Customs Inspectors
Aron TagerGrandpa
Kay TremblayElderly Woman
Charles SeixasTow Truck Driver
Steve SmithTree Lot Guard
Jonathan WelshPark Policeman
Erik KnudsenNasty Boy
Kayla PerlmutterLittle Girl
Victoria MoseleyMalibu Mallory Girl
Irv StevensPolice Sergeant
Dianne Parke-JonesCaroler
Gerry QuigleySkinny Santa
Jack NewmanBorscht Belt Santa
Jeffrey SmithBrando Santa
Robert McKennaSoused Santa
Claudio Masciulli
Deborah Lobban
Shoppers
Billy OtisShifty Man
Alison BurnAngry Woman
Marty MoreauEaster Bunny
Peggy CoffeyCab Passenger
Brendan WallMall Santa
Shira HoffmanGirl in living room
D'Andre' RippyKid with Santa
Anne Scheffler
Nora Lem (uncredited)Santa's workshop elf
DaJuan Rippy (uncredited)Kid Approaching Santa

* - Nominated for the 2001 Young Artist Award for Best Support Actor Performance in a TV Comedy Movie

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