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As the Christmas season approaches, Dan Ryebeck (Ethan Erickson) is facing unemployment, and struggling to pay for the gifts he thinks will impress his two kids, Sally (Annie Thurman) and... See more »

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Dan Ryebeck
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Linda Ryebeck
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Sally Ryebeck
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Joe Ryebeck
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Veterinarian Elf
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Eddie
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Maitre d'
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Tow Truck Driver
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Salesperson
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Elf Ronnie
Meg Cionni ...
Gracie
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Christmas Shopper- Child
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Kayla Drew ...
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Parent
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Supervisor
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Dad
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Bartender
Joseph Oliveira ...
Pedestrian
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Boyfriend (as David Buehrle)
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Santa
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Young Dan Ryebeck
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Elf Willie
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Trevor / Boss
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Mother

Directed by

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David Cass Jr. ... (as David S Cass Jr)

Written by (WGA)

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Rod Spence ... (teleplay) and
Gregg Rossen ... (teleplay) &
Brian Sawyer ... (teleplay)
 
Rod Spence ... (story)

Produced by

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Brian Gordon ... co-executive producer
Lincoln Lageson ... producer
Larry Levinson ... executive producer
Amanda Phillips Atkins ... co-executive producer
Frank Sharp ... co-producer

Music by

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Nathan Wang

Cinematography by

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Maximo Munzi

Film Editing by

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Craig Bassett
David Urbina

Editorial Department

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Greg Mullin ... assistant editor
Katie Ruzicka ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Penny Perry
Amy Beth Reece ... (as Amy Reece)

Production Design by

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Scott H. Campbell

Art Direction by

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Vahn Armstrong

Costume Design by

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Evan Waters

Makeup Department

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Frances Denise ... key hair stylist
Erin Good ... key makeup artist
Laura Raczka ... makeup artist
Michael Spezzano ... makeup department head
Lily Von Isenberg ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Brian Gordon ... unit production manager
Lincoln Lageson ... unit production manager
Richard Morain ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mark Avery ... first assistant director
Stuart B. Hagen ... second assistant director
Heidi Hinzman ... second second assistant director
Jake Lawton ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Wade Armstrong ... lead swing
John Austin ... lead scenic
Andy Hammer ... painter
Kyle Jacobson ... swing gang
Danielle Mana ... property master
Ryan Sanson ... set dresser
Bridget Topp ... assistant property master
Martin Woods ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

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Daniel Douglass ... adr mixer / sound editor
Eric Enroth ... sound mixer
Mark Ettel ... re-recording mixer
Andy Hurtado ... additional adr mixer / additional foley editor
Matt Salib ... foley artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Alicia Clifford ... electrician
Aristotle Dreher ... still photographer
Zakk Eginton ... camera operator: "a" camera
Albert A Gonzalez ... best boy
Ben Kobbs ... additional first assistant camera
Ashley Layne ... dolly grip
Christopher Pevey ... electrician
Laura Raczka ... Swing: makeup & hair
Lee Sablick ... best boy grip
Erick Wilczynski ... loader

Casting Department

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Cat Hardy ... casting associate
Vanessa Portillo ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jessica Lee ... key costumer

Music Department

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Mathew Peluso ... music editor
Nao Sato ... orchestrator
Charles Ho ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Michael David Reynolds ... transportation coordinator
Thomas Rohrback ... driver
Al Valentine ... driver
Michael Whitney ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Matt Broussard ... business affairs associate
Verne Graham ... base camp manager
Dora Hopkins ... script supervisor
Becca Jauregui ... assistant production coordinator
Lisa Karchinski ... production coordinator
Sandra M. Kraft ... production accountant
Bridget Topp ... production assistant
Michael Votel Jr. ... development coordinator

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Plot Summary

As the Christmas season approaches, Dan Ryebeck (Ethan Erickson) is facing unemployment, and struggling to pay for the gifts he thinks will impress his two kids, Sally (Annie Thurman) and Joe (Griffin Cleveland). Always chasing a new business idea, Dan hasn't had time for family, including his wife Linda (Anne Dudek), who is finally fed up and filing divorce papers. Threatened by Linda's handsome and successful young boss, Trevor, Dan knows he must make this Christmas the best one yet to win his family back. But after auditioning for a mall Santa job and quickly losing his cool, Dan is frustrated and broke, blaming the holidays for his troubles. Little does he know his luck is about to turn around when the real Kris Kringle (Donovan Scott) pays him a visit from the North Pole. Deciding to take a vacation and leave Dan in charge, Kris sends his hard-working elf assistant Eddie (Sean Astin) to guide Dan as the new Santa Claus, hoping he'll learn a lesson in Christmas spirit. With the sudden power to impress Linda and the kids by making every wild Christmas wish come true, Dan soon gets carried away. As the fate of the whole world's Christmas rests in his hands, can Dan focus on what his family really needs without flubbing his greatest gig yet? Written by rogue056

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Also Known As
  • Noël au bout des doigts (France)
  • Julemandens stedfortræder (Denmark)
  • Il sostituto di Babbo Natale (Italy)
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