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El Camino Christmas (2017)

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The project, scripted by Melfi and writer Chris Wehner, is about a young man (Grimes) who seeks out a father he has never met and, through no fault of his own, ends up barricaded in a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dax Shepard ... Deputy Billy Calhoun
Kurtwood Smith ... Sheriff Bob Fuller
Luke Grimes ... Eric Roth
Emilio Rivera ... Vicente Santos
Kimberly Quinn ... Jewels
Cooper Thornton ... Stan the Weather Man
Sharon Madden Sharon Madden ... Edna
Michelle Mylett ... Kate Daniels
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Carl Hooker
John Posey ... Old Farmer
Ashton Essex Bright ... Seth (as Ashton Bright)
Margarita Franco ... Dr. Kamjen
Jessica Alba ... Beth Flowers
Jimmy O. Yang ... Mike the Cameraman
Pam Cook ... Waitress Annie


The project, scripted by Melfi and writer Chris Wehner, is about a young man (Grimes) who seeks out a father he has never met and, through no fault of his own, ends up barricaded in a liquor store with five other people on Christmas Eve. The story takes place in the fictitious town of El Camino, NV. Written by Peter White

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Bullets, beer, holiday cheer.


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jul i El Camino See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Goldenlight Films,Brother See more »
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Did You Know?


When Tim Allen's character refers to the policeman (Kurtwood Smith) shooting at the store he references Robocop. Kurtwood was one of the antagonists from that movie. See more »


You can't use Draino to unclog toilets. See more »


Vicente Santos: [on the beach] It's a miracle that I'm still alive. Four gunshot wounds. Thirty-two million dollars. I'm not a mathematician, but that's $8 million per gunshot.
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »


Christmas Blues
Written by Brian Lee Kumbalek
Performed by Bryan Lee
Courtesy of Justin Time Records under exclusive license to Nettwerk Music Group Inc.
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A modern American Christmas classic
14 December 2017 | by JaynaBSee all my reviews

American cinema doesn't do ensemble that well very often, and it frequently gets punished at the box office, as well as by viewers and by reviewers, for even trying. This film pulls together a low-key cast with an intelligent script and ends up as a quirky, darkly humorous drama that unfolds over Christmas Eve.

The characters are a motley crew of misfits and losers, stereotypical small-towners on the surface, with the obligatory pregnant woman arriving as a tv reporter from the big city. The actors, many of whom we're used to seeing in bigger roles where they tend to take up a lot of screen, give dialed-back performances that allow - even expect - the audience to fill in the subtext. And there's a fair bit of subtext lying behind and between the stripped-down dialogue: about power and corruption, war and trauma, family and gender roles, the nature of life's choices and the cold reality of death.

This could be done as a stage play and it would be getting rave reviews that mentioned Tennessee Williams. I'm not used to seeing so much packed into a contemporary, for-the-masses movie, and I'm plainly not alone in that. The poor reviews may be due in part to an un-sparing execution that's cutting too close to the tragi-comic reality of the modern American south.

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