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When Harry slips on the street running from the mob, he really did slip, and Lewis Jackson left it in the film.
Kathleen Turner was turned down for the role as Harry's sister-in-law.
Among the actors and actresses who auditioned for roles in this film are Richard Bright and George Dzundza for Harry, Michael Beck, Larry Pine, and David Rasche for Philip, and Carla Borelli, Patricia Hodges, Glenn Close, JoBeth Williams, and Lindsay Crouse as Philip's wife Jackie. Moreover, Ellen McElduff, who plays Harry's mother, also read for the role of Jackie.
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Writer/director Lewis Jackson spent ten years collecting all the yuletide props seen in Harry's house. Moreover, it took Jackson ten years to get this movie made.
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Lewis Jackson flew down to Vienna and showed cinematographer Ricardo Aronovich storyboards for this movie in order to convince Aronovich to shoot it.
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Storyboards were done for every shot in this film.
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Director Lewis Jackson came up with the basic idea for this film after smoking marijuana one night during the 1970s and seeing a vision of Santa Claus holding a knife.
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The toy factory Harry works at was owned by the family of producer Edward R. Pressman.
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Many crew members doubled as extras.
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Lewis Jackson shot all the footage of the Thanksgiving day parade seen on television.
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Lewis Jackson based the Christmas office party on his experiences as a caterer.
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The set for the police station line-up was built in a union hall.
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The character of reporter Ricardo Bauma was done as a caricature of Geraldo Rivera, who at the time this film was made had yet to become a national celebrity and was mainly just known by people on the East Coast in America.
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Three Santa suits were used in this film. Moreover, two of said Santa suits were stolen early in the production of this movie.
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Though it was the success of Halloween (1978) that ultimately allowed this film to be made, it was actually written earlier. Accordingly, Lewis Jackson does not consider this film to be a Slasher film, but rather a film that has more in common with Frankenstein (1931).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

While many people think Harry does in fact fly off at the end, he actually just drives off the bridge and kills himself. An explosion is heard, but people mistake it for the sound effects of Harry's brother rolling down the hill into boxes.

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