The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writers:

Nora Ephron (screenplay), Delia Ephron (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Philip
Madeline Kahn ... Mrs. Munchnik
Robert Klein ... Mr. Lobel
Anthony LaPaglia ... Felix
Juliette Lewis ... Gracie
Rob Reiner ... Dr. Kinsky
Adam Sandler ... Louie
Liev Schreiber ... Chris
Rita Wilson ... Catherine
Parker Posey ... Rollerblader
Jon Stewart ... Rollerblader
Joely Fisher ... Susan
Steven Randazzo Steven Randazzo ... Detective
Christine Cavanaugh ... Police
Henry Brown ... Police
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Storyline

Philip runs a crisis hotline with Catherine and Mrs Munchnik. That's the easy part, now it gets tricky... Stanley loves evicting people and he evicts Philip. Philip loves helping people and he is loved by Catherine. Catherine is loved by Louie who loves writing songs. Chris loves dancing to songs and loves to wear large dresses. Gracie also loves to wear large dresses because she's pregnant. She loves the baby's father, Felix, who loves to paint. That just leaves Mrs. Munchnik who hasn't been loved by anybody in a very long time. Written by Tim McSmythurs <Tim.McSmythurs@swindon.ericsson.se>

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A Comedy On The Edge

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Kadeem Hardison and Rosie Perez were originally considered to play Felix and Gracie. See more »

Goofs

Felix slips the suspender onto his left arm once, then again when the shot changes, when he puts the Santa suit back on in the bathroom. See more »

Quotes

Catherine O'Shaughnessy: I'm not like you, Philip. I'm not one of those people that's only good on the phone. In person you just blame everybody. You made a mistake at the office, you gave out the address! Did I blame you? No! I blamed the Santa Anas! I don't even know what the Santa Anas are!
Philip: They're the dry winds that blow in from the...
Catherine O'Shaughnessy: Oh, shut up!
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Crazy Credits

The circular icons from Felix's mural appear throughout the end credits. See more »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Written by J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie
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Over the top screwball comedy just doesn't quite make it
24 December 2004 | by jeffwsSee all my reviews

This film tries really really hard to be crazy, wacky, screwball-y, but just doesn't quite make it. It has some funny scenes, but does not hold together well. The scenes with Liev Schreiber as the drag queen are quite funny. Madeline Kahn does as much with her character as possible and succeeds just because she is so good. Adam Sandler is pretty weak just doing his old Saturday Night Live shtick, over and over. Steve Martin and Anthony LaPaglia are just wasted. Still it is not an entire waste of time. It wasn't one of those movies that you watch and immediately experience buyer remorse: another 2 hours of my life wasted! Also the film betrays a stage play adapted to screen. It is pretty much limited to the crisis center, with a few street scenes thrown in.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Before Xmas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,307,850, 26 December 1994

Gross USA:

$6,821,850

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,821,850
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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