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Merry Christmas ()

Joyeux Noël (original title)
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In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

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Anna Sörensen (as Diane Krüger)
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Anna Sörensen (singingVoice)
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Nikolaus Sprink
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Nikolaus Sprink (singingVoice) (as Rolando Villazon)
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Le lieutenant Audebert
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le pasteur Palmer
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Ponchel
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le lieutenant Horstmayer
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Gueusselin
Alex Ferns ...
Le lieutenant Gordon
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Jonathan
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Jörg - un soldat allemand
Bernard Le Coq ...
Le général Audebert
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L'évêque anglais
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Le Kronprinz
Joachim Bißmeier ...
Zimmermann
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William
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Le châtelain
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La châtelaine
Calum Beaton ...
Un joueur de cornemuse écossais (as Calum Anthony Beaton)
Otto Beckmann ...
Otto - un soldat allemand
Philippe Beautier ...
Morallec
Steffen Bielig ...
Markus
Nicholas Biggam ...
Un enfant anglais
David Bruce ...
Un joueur de cornemuse écossais
Christian Carion ...
Un infirmier
France Corbet ...
Madeleine
Mickey Dedaj ...
Le couturier (as Micky Dedaj)
Steven Duffy ...
Un brancardier
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Un soldat écossais
Roy Entwistle ...
Un soldat écossais
Markus Friedmann ...
Un officer allemand dans la salle d'état major
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Le major écossais
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Michael - un soldat allemand (as Michael Grimm)
Jannis Hensel ...
Une enfant allemande
Mathias Herrmann ...
L'officer allemand au quartier général
Jan Hutter ...
Herbert - un soldat allemand
Joe Johnson ...
Un soldat écossais
Fraser Johnston ...
Un soldat écossais
Gary Lamont ...
Un soldat écossais
Griogair Lawrie ...
Un joueur de cornemuse
Gerry Lynch ...
Un soldat écossais (as Gerrard Lynch)
Ivan MacDonald ...
Un joueur de cornemuse écossais
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Un soldat écossais
Neil McNulty ...
Un soldat écossais
Tony Matthews ...
Le général britannique
Florian Mescam ...
Un enfant français
Emun Mohammadi ...
Un soldat écossais
David Mullen ...
Un soldat écossais
Michael Pascher ...
Walter - un soldat allemand
Ian Petrie ...
Un soldat écossais
Andy Ramsay ...
Un soldat écossais
Marc Robert ...
Guimond
Peter Rühring ...
Un officier allemand á l'Opéra
Allan Sawers ...
Un soldat écossais
Louis Friedemann Thiele ...
Karl (as Friedemann Thiele)
Johannes Richard Voelkel ...
Gunther (as Johannes Voelkel)
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L'officier allemand d'accueil
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Un soldat écossais
Alexander Wüst ...
Oskar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philipp Brammer ...
Un soldat allemand
Franck Andrieux ...
Un soldat allemand (uncredited)
Vlad Coada ...
German Hardcore no. 3 (uncredited)
Christophe Rossignon ...
Un lieutenant (uncredited)
Jonas von Lingen ...
Un soldat allemand (uncredited)

Directed by

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Christian Carion

Written by

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Christian Carion ... (written by)

Produced by

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Andrei Boncea ... co-producer
Christopher Borgmann ... co-producer
Philip Boëffard ... associate producer (as Philippe Boeffard)
Marielle Duigou ... assistant producer
Bertrand Faivre ... co-producer
Soledad Gatti-Pascual ... co-producer
Benjamin Herrmann ... co-producer
Genevieve Lemal ... associate producer
Alexandre Lippens ... associate producer
Daniel Marquet ... associate producer
Kate Ogborn ... co-producer
Patrick Quinet ... co-producer
Christophe Rossignon ... producer
Manuel Alduy ... co-producer (uncredited)
Rolf Bähr ... co-producer (uncredited)
Danièle Delorme ... co-producer (uncredited)
Gaëtan Moisand ... co-producer (uncredited)
Bertrand Méheut ... co-producer (uncredited)
Michel Romand-Monnier ... co-producer (uncredited)
Laurent Storch ... co-producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Philippe Rombi

Cinematography by

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Walther van den Ende ... director of photography (as Walther Vanden Ende)

Film Editing by

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Judith Rivière Kawa
Andrea Sedlácková

Editorial Department

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Serge Anthony ... grader
Céline Cloarec ... additional assistant editor
Nicolas Criqui ... digital conformation
Matthieu de Braconier ... post-production coordinator: UK
Julie Delord ... second assistant editor
Mickael Dumontier ... digital conformation
Eric Duriez ... post production manager
Arne Herrmann ... editor: making of
Frederic Jupin ... lustre editor
Philippe Reinaudo ... digital intermediate technical director
Judith Rivière Kawa ... first assistant editor
Raymond Terrentin ... digital colorist
Clement Zveguintzoff ... digital conformation

Casting By

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Susie Figgis
Sabine Schroth

Production Design by

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Jean-Michel Simonet

Art Direction by

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Vraciu Eduard Daniel
Anina Diener
Ève Machuel ... executive art director

Set Decoration by

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Patrick Colpaert

Costume Design by

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Alison Forbes-Meyler

Makeup Department

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Jan Archibald ... key hair stylist
Emmanuelle Brechet ... makeup artist
Gabi Cretan ... key makeup artist
Julie David ... makeup artist
Stephanie Hovette ... wig maker
Brigitte Laurent ... hair and wig artist
Tony Rocchetti ... hair and wig artist
Josette Roger ... hair and wig artist
Amber Sibley ... makeup designer
Morag Smith ... hair stylist
Caitlin Tanner ... makeup artist
Andrea Dardea Tesdall ... makeup artist (as Andreea Dardea) / makeup supervisor
Andreea Tudose ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Julien Azoulay ... post-production manager
Marc Dalmans ... unit manager
Matthieu de Braconier ... post-production supervisor
Michael Frenschkowski ... production supervisor: Germany
Florian Haeger ... assistant unit manager: Germany
Norbert Kneissl ... unit manager: Germany
Ève Machuel ... executive in charge of production
Stéphane Riga ... production supervisor
Andreea Stanculeanu ... executive in charge of physical production
Adrian Sturges ... post-production supervisor: UK
Iuliana Tarnovetchi ... unit production manager (as Iuliana Stefan)
Mihai Toderiae ... production manager: Scotland
Bernard Vander Donckt ... production manager: BE

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alina Alexandrescu ... trainee assistant director: Romania
Christoph Brosius ... third assistant director: Germany
Tudor Cotovelea ... trainee assistant director: Romania
Roger Delattre ... second assistant director
Marie Doller ... trainee assistant director: France
Daniela Dreyer ... trainee assistant director: Germany
Alex Fotea ... third assistant director: Romania
Claire Guillabert ... trainee assistant director: France
Philippe Larue ... first assistant director
Beju Marius ... second assistant director: Romania (as Marius Beju)
Patrick McGurn ... third assistant director: Scotland
Thorne Mutert ... second assistant director
Virgil Nicolaescu ... second assistant director: Romania
Ana Lisa Persson ... trainee assistant director: France
Sînziana Pop ... trainee assistant director: Romania
Pascal Salafa ... first assistant director
Silvian Voinea ... trainee assistant director: Romania

Art Department

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Cristian Baluta ... assistant property master
Iulian Bostanaru ... set designer
Florin Gavrila ... scenic painter
Andreas Horstmann ... property master: Germany
Liviu Marcu ... sculptor
Cristian Mihaila ... property buyer
Vlad Panaitescu ... set construction manager
Adrian Popa ... property master
Geaniloni Sandru ... scenic painter
Eusebiu Sirbu ... scenic artist
Madalina Udrescu ... key set decorator (as Madalina Mitu)
Guillaume Watrinet ... property master
Marcus Wellendorf ... property master: Germany
Peter Wolf ... propmaker

Sound Department

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Nicolas Becker ... foley artist / sound effects
Alessandro Checceca ... dubbing mixer: Italian post-synchronized version
Nicolae Comarzan ... assistant sound
Thomas Desjonquères ... supervising sound editor
Marius Emil Stanescu ... boom operator
Séverin Favriau ... assistant sound editor
Dean Humphreys ... re-recording mixer
Craig Irving ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Pascal Jasmes ... assistant sound / boom operator
Mark Kenna ... consultant: Dolby film sound
Mark Lafbery ... foley recordist
Walter Maninna ... sound recordist: Italian post-synchronized version
Pierre Mertens ... sound engineer
Gilles Missir ... post-synchronisation sound engineer
Sandy Notarianni ... dialogue editor
Sam Southwick ... foley editor
Jean-Noël Yven ... sound effects editor

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Jean-Christophe Bourgeois ... special effects assistant
Joshua Clement ... special effects assistant
Olivier de Laveleye ... special effects coordinator
Razvan Pascal ... special effects translator
Antoine Vander Winkel ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge ... Flame artist: Mac Guff Ligne, Paris
Ramdam ... lead compositing
Antonin Seydoux ... compositor
David Tomaszewski ... digital compositor
Martial Vallanchon ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Vasile Albinet ... stunt performer
Gabi Burlacu ... stunts
Madalin Dragan ... stunts
Ciprian Dumitrascu ... stunt coordinator
Marius Florian ... stunt performer
Banica Gheorghe ... stunts
Daniel Pisica ... stunt performer
Dorin Zaharia ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Lupsa Armand ... electrician
Daniel Balteanu ... electrician: Romania
Radu Cioplea ... video operator
Sandu Constantin ... electrician
Julien Covens ... grip
Adam Dale ... aerial director of photography
Dominique Degand ... grip
Koen Firlefijn ... key grip
Didier Frateur ... first assistant camera
Titi Gavrila ... second assistant camera: Romania
Bebe Guta ... second assistant camera: Romania
Chris Hacken ... gaffer
Témoudjine Janssens ... grip
Dan Liutic ... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Lother ... still photographer
Flow Jean Louis ... electrician: Germany (as Jean Louis Flow)
Radu Marinescu ... best boy grip
Jean-Paul Meurisse ... camera operator
Catalin Nicolae ... electrician
Dragomir Niculae ... electrician: Romania
Florin Niculae ... gaffer (as Florin Nicolae)
Heiko Rother ... electrician: Germany
Jan Rubens ... steadicam operator
Gunther Schockaert ... electrician
Bjoern Susen ... gaffer: Germany (as Björn-Yves Susen)
James Swanson ... aerial director of photography
Wim Temmerman ... electrician
Kris Theuwis ... key grip
Gideon van Essen ... lighting technician
Vincent van Gelder ... second assistant camera
Nicolae Vasile ... electrician / electrician: Romania
Bruno Verstraete ... co-gaffer

Casting Department

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Grégory Caloire ... casting trainee: France
Domnica Circiumaru ... extras casting: Romania
Laure Cochener ... casting: kids, France
Ana Davila ... casting: kids, Germany (as Ana Dávila)
Marcel Dykiert ... extras casting assistant
Michaela Iacob ... extras casting assistant: Romania
Iris Müller ... extras casting: Germany
Andreea Tanasescu ... casting director: Romania (as Andrea Tanasescu)
Jacqueline Wawrzyniak ... extras casting: France

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mariana Bujoi ... costumes
Monica Florescu ... costume assistant
Anne Le Montagner ... wardrobe
Radu Mada ... wardrobe supervisor
Claudia Sarbu ... set costumer
Bunny Stokes ... costumer

Location Management

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Sean Barclay ... location finder
Marc Bossaerts ... location scout
Alexandru Cseh ... location assistent
Sorina Dumitru ... location manager
Michèle Massé ... location scout
Adrian Radu ... location assistant
Cindy Thomson ... location manager: UK

Music Department

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Benjamin Caillaud ... music editor
Chorale Scala ... musician
Edouard Dubois ... music consultant / musician: harmonica
Mathias Duhayer ... chorus singer
Carmine Lauri ... musician: violin solo
London Symphony Orchestra ... orchestra (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Orchestre Symphonique Bel'Arte ... orchestra
Stéphane Reichart ... music scoring mixer
Simon Rhodes ... music scoring mixer
Géraldine Rombi ... music supervisor
Philippe Rombi ... conductor / musician: piano solo / orchestrator
Guy-Paul Romby ... music copyist

Transportation Department

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Karsten Fritz Aye ... driver: Germany
Florian Haeger ... driver: Germany
Daniel Huhn ... personal driver: Christophe Rossignon, Germany
Kisten Schnorr ... driver: Germany
Andrei Sendrea ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Nairye Apelian ... production secretary
Martin Bauernfeind ... title design
Cécile Bonardi ... voice coach
Teo Bostanica ... base camp administrator
Irene Iovan Calangiu ... production coordinator: Romania (as Iovan Irene)
David Clem ... helicopter pilot: Scotland
Guillaume Colboc ... documentalist
Mircioiu Cristian ... set runner
Manlio De Angelis ... dubbing director: Italian post-synchronized version (as Manlio de Angelis)
Tim Desbois ... aerial coordinator
Annette Drees ... script supervisor
Marielle Duigou ... production assistant
Silvia Ferri ... assistant dubbing director: Italian post-synchronized version
Sophie Fortat ... production accountant
Astrid Gavard ... publicist
Charles Heidet ... car supplier
Pauline Jardel ... production coordinator
Christophe Julien ... choristers
Jean-Claude Lecoq ... armorer
Rodolphe Leroy ... unit manager assistant
Fiona MacMillan ... production coordinator: UK
Gabriel Mamruth ... production accountant
Linda Marasco ... publicist
Daniel Marquet ... international financing
Sylvie Michel ... script supervisor (as Sylvie Michel-Casey)
Cristian Mircioui ... set production assistant
Amalia Morar ... cast accountant
Anton Petrache ... armorer: Romania
Philippa Robson ... assistant to producers: UK / production coordinator: UK
Julien Sabourdin ... production controller
Dominique Segall ... publicist
Anna Slater ... production coordinator
Juliane Spaete ... production assistant: Germany
Sally Steele ... publicist
Andy Stephens ... aerial operations manager
Iulian Timofte ... key set production assistant / production assistant
Bernard Vander Donckt ... production administrator

Thanks

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Marie Claude Arbaudie ... special thanks
Eric Assous ... special thanks
Philippe Chapelier-Dehesdin ... special thanks (as Philippe Chapelier)
Danièle Delorme ... special thanks
Eliane Dubois ... special thanks
Myriam Hacene ... special thanks
Patricia Lazoux ... special thanks
Roch-Olivier Maistre ... special thanks
Patrick Rodhes ... special thanks
Gabriel Rossignon ... special thanks
Michel Serrault ... special thanks

Production Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines Without an enemy there can be no war. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Merry Christmas (Germany)
  • Merry Christmas (United Kingdom)
  • Joyeux Noel (United Kingdom)
  • Craciun Fericit (Romania)
  • En dag uten krig (Norway)
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Runtime
  • 116 min
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Box Office

Budget $22,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend France $3,413,005, 11 Nov 2005
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $17,643,374, 14 Nov 2006

Did You Know?

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Trivia The character of the Male opera singer is based on that of German tenor Walter Kirchhoff (1879-1951), who travelled to the front in order to perform for the troops. His performance was met by cheers from the French lines, where upon he decided to climb on to no-mans-land to see who was cheering. See more »
Goofs When Anna and Nikolaus talks about the time they met for the first time, they say "Oslo". Oslo, capitol of Norway, was called Kristiania until 1924. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Ave Maria See more »
Quotes Horstmayer: [Speaking to Lieutenant Audebert and his troops] Our artillery will shell you in 10 minutes, so I suggest you come shelter in my trench.
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