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Surviving Christmas -- A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.
Surviving Christmas -- A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Deborah Kaplan (story) &
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Release Date:
22 October 2004 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
This year, Christmas comes early. Really early. Like... October 22nd. See more »
Plot:
A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not the usual formula See more (107 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ben Affleck ... Drew Latham

James Gandolfini ... Tom Valco

Christina Applegate ... Alicia Valco

Catherine O'Hara ... Christine Valco

Josh Zuckerman ... Brian Valco

Bill Macy ... Doo-Dah

Jennifer Morrison ... Missy Vanglider

Udo Kier ... Heinrich

David Selby ... Horace Vanglider

Stephanie Faracy ... Letitia Vanglider

Stephen Root ... Dr. Freeman

Sy Richardson ... Doo-Dah Understudy

Tangie Ambrose ... Kathryn
John 'B.J.' Bryant ... Cabbie (as John BJ Bryant)

Peter Jason ... Suit
Phill Lewis ... Levine the Lawyer
Tumbleweed ... Santa

Kate Hendrickson ... Santa's Photographer
Bridgette Ho ... Five Year Old

Hailey Noelle Johnson ... Little Girl

Sean Marquette ... Older Brother

Caitlin Fein ... Freeman Twin

Amanda Fein ... Freeman Twin
Kent Osborne ... Marley

Bill Saito ... Christmas Past

Mike Bell ... Christmas Present (as Michael Patrick Bell)

Amy Halloran ... Fanny
Josh Siegel ... Young Scrooge (as Joshua Siegel)
K. Troy Zestos ... Chad

Sonya Eddy ... Security Lady
Smalls ... Security Man
Ron Karabatsos ... Deli Man
Wynn Irwin ... Customer

Angela Gacad ... Cute Girl at Play

Tom Kenny ... Man Wrapping Gift

Joan Blair ... Lonely Lady

John Carter Brown ... Depressed Donator
William Thomas Jr. ... Choir Director
Karen Furno ... Choir

Linda Kerns ... Choir
Cynthia Marty ... Choir
Melanie Taylor ... Choir
Precious McCall ... Choir

Anika Noni Rose ... Choir

David Atkinson ... Choir
Reynaldo Duran ... Choir
Michael Kosik ... Choir

Jon Simanton ... Elf

Allison Queal ... Elf

Kacie Borrowman ... Elf
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ray Buffer ... Arnie (uncredited)

Bryan Fisher ... Steve (uncredited)

Katy Maloney ... Crazy Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Marshall Manesh ... Janitor (uncredited)

Maureen Mendoza ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)

Marcio Rosario ... Husband Baking Cookies (uncredited)

Oral Sledge ... Outdoor Christmas Shopper (uncredited)
Denice Storey ... Window Shopper (uncredited)

Richard Strobel ... Shopper (uncredited)
John Thurner ... Shopper (uncredited)

Susanna Velasquez ... Wife Baking Cookies (uncredited)
Nicholas Zobel ... Choir (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Mitchell 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Deborah Kaplan (story) &
Harry Elfont (story)

Deborah Kaplan (screenplay) &
Harry Elfont (screenplay) and
J.R. Ventimilia (screenplay) (as Jeffrey Ventimilia) &
Joshua Sternin (screenplay)

Produced by
Erin Stam .... associate producer
Betty Thomas .... producer
Jenno Topping .... producer
Patricia Whitcher .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister (director of photography) (as Peter Collister)
Tom Priestley Jr. (director of photography) (as Tom Priestly Jr.)
 
Film Editing by
Craig McKay 
 
Casting by
Juel Bestrop 
Jeanne McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
Caroline Hanania 
 
Art Direction by
Sue Chan 
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Fischer 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Jane Fort 
 
Makeup Department
Tammy Ashmore .... key makeup artist
Cheryl Eckert .... hair stylist
Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects artist
Kimberly Greene .... makeup department head
John E. Jackson .... makeup artist: Mr. Affleck
Suzi Ostos .... makeup artist
Janine Rath .... hair stylist: Mr. Affleck (as Janine Rath-Thompson)
Marsha Shearrill .... makeup artist
Bradley Stenson .... additional makeup artist: Chicago
Melissa A. Yonkey .... hair department head
K. Troy Zestos .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jo Dee Freck .... post-production supervisor
Don J. Hug .... unit manager
Leeann Stonebreaker .... production supervisor
Patricia Whitcher .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David M. Bernstein .... first assistant director: second unit
Marcei A. Brown .... second assistant director (as Marcei A. Brubaker)
Doug Coleman .... second unit director: Mammoth unit
Marisa Ferrey .... second second assistant director
Josh King .... first assistant director
Richard S. Lederer .... second assistant director
Jody Spilkoman .... second unit key second assistant director
Brent Stanton .... dayplayer second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard J. Bell .... greens gangboss
Robert Bernard .... graphic designer
Craig Bernatzke .... propmaker foreman
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction coordinator
David Corral .... greensman
Michael D'Imperio .... props
Jimmy Flores .... set construction foreman
Thomas J. Glynn .... set dresser
Antoinette J. Gordon .... set designer
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... stand-by painter
Mark Kudra .... set dresser
Barbara Lange .... assistant production designer
Elizabeth Lapp .... set designer
Gary Metzen .... painter
Tony Miller .... plasterer
Martin Milligan .... on-set dresser
Christopher Morente .... greensperson
Fleur Nooyen .... set buyer
Tom Osman .... set carpenter
Troy Osman .... construction foreman
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator: Chicago
Steven Seine .... leadman
Gary Stel .... propmaker gang boss
Marc Tantin .... propmaker
David Tennenbaum .... assistant art director: location
Rebecca Young .... art department coordinator
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Justin Cruse .... sound recordist
Ryan Darden .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Ellerd .... sound effects editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Flickinger .... sound recordist
Diana Flores .... adr mixer
Patrick J. Foley .... sound editor
Terry Garcia .... assistant sound editor
Phil Hadaway .... sound recordist
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Adam Johnston .... sound effects editor
Lisa J. Levine .... supervising adr editor
Linda Lew .... foley recordist
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Robert Morrisey .... sound assist
Brian Thomas Nist .... sound effects editor
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer (uncredited)
David Raines .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
William Dambra .... special effects
Dominik Dugandzic .... special effects technician
Jeff Frink .... special effects foreman
Tony Gardner .... special effects set-pieces
Rodman Kiser .... special effects
John Rigden .... special effects
Tom Ryba .... special effects coordinator
Bruce A. Strong .... special effects
Ray Svedin .... special effects technician
Matt Jordon .... special effects: set-pieces (uncredited)
Pete Levin .... special effects set-pieces: assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Will Cunningham .... effects animator
Kent Demaine .... creative supervisor: Black Box Digital
Karin Levinson .... visual effects executive producer: Black Box Digital
Paul Luna .... compositor
Will Robbins .... visual effects supervisor: Black Box Digital (as William Robbins)
Mark Russell .... visual effects producer: Black Box Digital
Jay Holben .... visual effects cinematographer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joey Box .... stunts (as Joe Box)
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Terri Cadiente .... stunts
Doug Coleman .... stunt coordinator
Eliza Coleman .... stunts
Danny Downey .... stunts
Rosemary Gearheart .... stunt double
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Tad Griffith .... stunts
Leigh Hennessy .... stunts
Lisa Hoyle .... stunt double: Christina Applegate
Terry Jackson .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator: Chicago (as Rick LeFevour)
Matthew LeFevour .... stunts: Chicago (as Matt LeFevour)
Brian Machleit .... stunt coordinator
Brian Machleit .... utility stunts
James R. Mammoser .... stunts: Chicago (as Jim Mammoser)
Tom McComas .... stunt double: Ben Affleck
Tom Milanovich .... stunts: Chicago
Linda Perlin .... stunts: Chicago
James Ryan .... stunts
James Ryan .... utility stunts
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial stunt helicopter pilot
Pete Turner .... stunt rigger
Rich Wilkie .... stunts: Chicago
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Abramson .... key grip
Adam Barth .... video assist operator
Mike Cahoon .... assistant camera
Makiko Carlson .... assistant camera (as Makiko Watanabe)
Ronald K. De torres .... lighting console programmer
Will Dearborn .... camera loader
Josh Denering .... rigging grip
Valeska Difrieri .... grip
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant camera
Thomas Enright .... electrician
Steve Francis .... electrician
Chris Glomp .... electrician
Michael Goldman .... rigging best boy grip
Jennifer Ann Henry .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer
Paul Lambiase .... rigging grip
Frederick Lawrence .... grip
Scott W. Leftridge .... dolly grip
Patriq Luo .... electrician
Glen Magers .... lighting console programmer
Jeff Manimbo .... assistant camera
Peter Mercurio .... camera operator: "a" camera
Duane Mieliwocki .... assistant camera
Dave Muskeni .... rigging electrician
Daniel Nichols .... first assistant camera: second unit, Mammoth
Flemming Olsen .... director of photography: second unit, Mammoth
Ben Peiny .... grip
Miro Pokorny .... electrician
Dan Schroer .... camera loader: Chicago
Mark Suveg .... key video assist operator
Monte Swann .... video playback operator
Keith Talley .... key rigging grip
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Scott Thiele .... electrician
Rick Thomas .... co-gaffer
Tommy Tieche .... assistant camera
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator
Henry Tirl .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jon R. Tower .... chief lighting technician
Christopher Warren .... rigging electrician
David Yellin .... rigger
Robert M. Sagaser .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Natasha Cuba .... casting assistant
Cicely D. Harris .... extras casting coordinator: Chicago
Joan Philo .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gala Autumn .... costume supervisor
Steve Constancio .... set costumer
Karan Doherty .... costumer
Gretchen Gain .... costumer
Jill Korengold .... key set costumer
Meg Matthews .... costumer: Mr. Affleck
Sukari McGill .... costumer
Ángela Núñez .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Martin Cohen .... post-production executive
Sven E. Fahlgren .... post-production coordinator
Rolf Fleischmann .... first assistant editor
Fernanda Gliatta .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Adam Hernandez .... assistant editor
Steve Porter .... final colorist
Joëlle Taar .... conforming editor
Dana E. Glauberman .... additional editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... music scoring mixer
Stuart Balcomb .... orchestrator
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Todd Homme .... executive music supervisor
Lisa Jaime .... music editor: scoring & final dub
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor
John Rodd .... score recordist
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Ben Schor .... apprentice music editor
Tom Villano .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Michael Allegro .... production van driver operator
Denny Caira .... transportation coordinator
Karen K. Chang .... transportation office coordinator
Tyler W. Gaisford .... driver: cast
Mike Shannon .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Alexa Alden .... script supervisor
H. Leah Amir .... key craft service
Jeremy Beiermann .... office production assistant: Chicago
Tommy Bernard .... office production assistant
Benjamin T. Brammeier .... office production assistant: Chicago
Chad Bronson .... third assistant accountant
Ericka Bryce .... production medic
Jules Carideo .... assistant production coordinator: Chicago
Selena Carrillo .... production secretary (as Selena Pivac)
Chay Carter .... assistant: Mr. Affleck
Michael Chickey .... assistant location manager
Kaiser Clark .... assistant: Mr. Mitchell
Bennett DeCarlo .... set production assistant
Wileen Dragovan .... location manager: Chicago
Ray Felipe .... script researcher
Trixie Flynn .... assistant: Mr. Gandolfini
Mark A. Freid .... key assistant location manager
Rosemary Gearheart .... stand-in
Eric Glasser .... key set production assistant
Carrie Goodman .... location scout
Matthew Gordon .... production assistant
Kristin Graham .... production assistant
Noelle Green .... production office coordinator (as Noelle Chapin)
James Hinton .... assistant accountant
Annie Jablonski .... production assistant (as Annie Schultz)
Teresa Jaime Drapkin .... payroll accountant
C. David Jones .... production assistant
Rosa Yang Kato .... assistant location manager
Todd Kaufman .... assistant: Ms. Thomas
Joseph Keideth .... security: Mr. Affleck, Keideth & Associates
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist
Martha Lafage .... assistant location manager
Nicole Luther .... set production assistant: second unit
Alyssa Mauney .... assistant: Mr. Mitchell
Barbara Ken McNeill .... assistant: Ms. Whitcher
Debbie Merritt .... assistant production office coordinator
Steven R. Molen .... production executive
Molly O'Haver .... production assistant
Catherine Pittman .... animal coordinator
Denise Anderson Poore .... production assistant
Stefan Rand .... production assistant
Bobby Ravanshenas .... assistant to cast
Chris Romberg .... first assistant accountant
Kevin Roy .... set production assistant: re-shoots
Kevin Thomas Roy .... production assistant: re-shoots (as Kevin Roy)
Michelle Schrauwers .... set production assistant
Josh Siegel .... assistant: Ms. Topping (as Joshua Siegel)
Michael Soleau .... key assistant location manager
Louise Spencer .... unit publicist
Sheri St Lawrence .... second assistant accountant
Paula Stier .... office production assistant: Chicago
Lora Umphress .... payroll accountant: Chicago
Veronique Vowell .... location manager
Duffey Westlake .... stand-in
John David Wolfe .... assistant location manager
Colin Woode .... assistant: Mr. Applegate
Lynnanne Zager .... adr loop group (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and a brief drug reference
Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Filming did not take place in Arlington Heights, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) because the weather was too cold.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: There are no mountain ranges, such as the one depicted, within hundreds of miles of Chicago. However, it's possible that Drew, with his resources, "whisked" the family away to Colorado for the day.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Drew Latham:Folks, my firm's done a tremendous amount of marketing research and we've discovered two critical things, one; most Americans feel that Christmas is a time for family. Two; most Americans feel that in order to stand being around their family, for even one or two days, they need to swill as much alcohol as humanly possible.
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Soundtrack:
Have Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasSee more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Not the usual formula, 3 July 2005
Author: mrc5555 from United States

I had some reservations about this movie, I figured it would be the usual bill of fare --- a formula movie about Christmas. Being in the middle of a heat wave in late June, we decided to give it a shot anyway, maybe we would see some snow.

This movie turned out to be one laugh after another. Ben Affleck was believable in his character, but the real star of this one is James Gandofini. He delivered his lines with a real wit about him and made a great "dad".

If you want to have an enjoyable couple of hours, definitely check this one out.

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