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Off Season -- After the death of his parents, 10-year-old, Jackson Mayhew (Culkin), moves in with his Aunt. But when he befriends an elderly man (Cronyn), he begins to suspect that the old man is actually Santa Claus.


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Writer (WGA):
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16 December 2001 (USA) See more »
All You Have To Do Is Believe.
After the death of his parents, 10-year-old, Jackson Mayhew (Culkin), moves in with his Aunt. But when he befriends an elderly man (Cronyn), he begins to suspect that the old man is actually Santa Claus. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Bruce Davison 
Writing credits
Glenn Gers (written by)

Produced by
Ron Broadway .... executive producer
Todd Calvin .... executive producer
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer
Rose Lam .... producer
Marc B. Lorber .... executive producer
Arnold Messer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Daniel Licht 
Cinematography by
Tony Westman 
Film Editing by
Tatiana S. Riegel 
Casting by
Carol Kelsay 
Beth Klein 
Production Design by
Katterina Keith 
Art Direction by
Tim Joyce 
Timothy Fitzgerald Joyce 
Set Decoration by
Monika Choynowski 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Ann Summers 
Makeup Department
Joan Isaacson .... makeup artist
Katalin Lippay .... assistant hair stylist (as Kathleen P. Campbell)
Nancy Steyns .... key hair stylist
C.J. Wills .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Kim Steer .... production manager
Chad Tomasoski .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Ferguson .... third assistant director
Stacey N. Harding .... first assistant director
Harry S. Keith .... second assistant director
Dustin Marks .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Chris Andreas .... on-set dresser
John Bayntun .... lead set dresser (as John Howard Bayntun)
Kelly Bemben .... scenic carpenter
Denise Bodnar .... scenic painter
Justin Bruno .... greens
Jacqueline E. Dagenais .... assistant set decorator
Karen Davey .... painter
Reiner Derdau .... scenic artist
Sharon Dever .... construction buyer
Kerri Elliott .... art department assistant
Jesse Hanen .... set dresser
Christine Hawkes .... paint coordinator
Chris Hehn .... lead carpenter
Dean Kelly .... construction coordinator
Trevor Oleksy .... head greensperson
Karen Olesky .... painter
Dennis Poirier .... lead labor
Rob Roman .... props buyer
Martin Shearer .... scenic carpenter
Robin Stooshnov .... assistant property master
Andrew Thompson .... lead greens
Ric Walkington .... property master
Lucy Willcox .... set buyer
Sound Department
Ken Biehl .... foley recordist
Robert Edmondson .... re-recording mixer
Ian Emberton .... sound effects editor
Tony Gort .... background sound editor
Don Harrison .... foley artist
David Horner .... adr mixer
Jeff MacFarlane .... boom operator
Ian Mackie .... foley artist
Rory O'Neill .... production sound assistant
Don Painchaud .... sound mixer
Wendy Romano .... dialogue editor
Jo Rossi .... re-recording mixer
Greg Stewart .... sound supervisor
Special Effects by
Rory Cutler .... special effects coordinator
Darcy Davis .... assistant special effects coordinator (as Darcy John Davis)
Jim Broyden .... stunt coordinator (as Jimmy Broyden)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Allen .... key grip
Harold Bernard .... second assistant camera
Sacha Fassaert .... first assistant camera
Niall Fraser .... assistant chief lighting technician
Rod Frew .... assistant camera trainee
John Harkin .... dolly grip
Robert P. Harris .... generator operator
Cam Hayduk .... first assistant camera
Tim Heller .... lamp operator
Simon Hunt .... chief lighting technician
Armin Matter .... camera operator
Klaus Melchior .... video playback operator
Paul Michaud .... still photographer
Wally Nygren .... first assistant key grip
Jason Robbins .... grip
Jack Wright .... lamp operator
Casting Department
David Aulicino .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Alexa Leskys .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Alexandra Leskys)
Natasha Tony .... extras casting
Saori Yamamoto .... casting associate: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn Colonna .... costumer
Joshana Craig .... set wardrobe supervisor
Marco P. Saxton .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Flavio Bidese .... on-line editor
Karl Edie .... post-production coordinator
Kevin Hickman .... additional editor
Tim King .... executive in charge of post-production
Ernie Moser .... video colorist
Location Management
Doug Brons .... location manager
Sean Dolen .... location production assistant
Rick Dugdale .... assistant location manager
Joel Hurley .... location scout
Jennifer Lewis .... location production assistant
Bob McQuarrie .... key location production assistant
Jeff Monk .... location production assistant
Dion Von Zelser .... location production assistant
Margaret Wazilenkoff .... location production assistant
Music Department
Patrick S. Clark .... music editor (as Patrick Clark)
Gael MacGregor .... music coordinator
Steve Plunkett .... composer: additional music
Steve Plunkett .... composer: song "It's Always You"
Spencer Proffer .... composer: song "It's Always You"
Spencer Proffer .... supervising music producer
Gael MacGregor .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gary Chibi .... transportation coordinator
Jim Eaton .... transportation captain
L. Michael Eddy .... driver
Ross Pike .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Patricia Barry .... script supervisor
Sarah Byrnes .... assistant production coordinator
Robert Bruce Campbell .... stand-in
Reva Clavier .... production accountant
Tara Howie .... stand-in
Deanna Kittson .... office production assistant
Selena La Brooy .... production controller
Peter Lapres .... second assistant coordinator
Dawn Mander .... stand-in
Shaun Mckay .... assistant production accountant
Diane Ng .... accounting assistant
Lisa Ragosin .... production coordinator
Suzi Stingl .... stand-in
Trish Webster .... security captain
Alison Wells .... unit publicist
Terri Willan .... craft service

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Released in the UK as "Secret Santa".See more »
Patty Winslow:What do you say?
Jackson Mayhew:He's lying!
Patty Winslow:I was thinking more along the lines of 'I'm sorry'!
Jackson Mayhew:[to Richard Frangello] "I'm sorry you're lying!"
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Joy Business, 29 September 2011
Author: John Russell ( from North Coast of America

You're probably familiar with Rory Culkin's detached persona in Signs 2002. Replace Mel Gibson's helpless grimace with Sherilyn Fenn's impossibly perfect face and signing voice and you've got the setup for the juxtaposition of grief and holiday magic.

For a movie with a strong cast and an even stronger script, it's almost impossible to see on cable or rent. I've seen it once and can't get it out of my head. I connected with this and even identified with Jackson (Rory) because I lost a parent when I was 9. Off Season brought back the weirdness of my slo-mo wanderings through the minefield of good intentions. Hume Cronyn's last performance will be remembered as a holiday classic but I see it as children's fantasy noir.

The real magic happens when we shift from feeling powerless to help Jackson to believing that Sam Clausner (Cronyn) IS Santa. Don't get too comfortable because you'll never be completely sure. As a bonus Sam & Jackson deliver memorable adages like, "I'm in the Joy Business... now do you wanna join me?" It's a Christmas gift without the tinsel.

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