Surviving Christmas


2h 10m 2004

Brief Synopsis

Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham decides to go back to his idyllic childhood home to spend the holidays with family. There is, however, one problem: the people living there now are not Drew's family. Nevertheless, Drew has his mind set on an old-fashioned family Christmas, and the fact that the "family" in question, the Valcos, are complete strangers, isn't about to put a crimp in his plans. Offering them a small fortune, Drew bribes his newfound "parents" to let him spend Christmas in their home, pretending to be part of the family. Just when the Valcos begin to question if any amount of money is worth being dragged all over town on such traditional family holiday excursions as Christmas shopping and the requisite choosing of the Christmas tree, their eldest daughter Alicia comes home for the holidays, with no intention of adopting a new "brother."

Film Details

Also Known As
Twelve Days of Christmas, The
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Holiday
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Ronald L Wright
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m

Synopsis

Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham decides to go back to his idyllic childhood home to spend the holidays with family. There is, however, one problem: the people living there now are not Drew's family. Nevertheless, Drew has his mind set on an old-fashioned family Christmas, and the fact that the "family" in question, the Valcos, are complete strangers, isn't about to put a crimp in his plans. Offering them a small fortune, Drew bribes his newfound "parents" to let him spend Christmas in their home, pretending to be part of the family. Just when the Valcos begin to question if any amount of money is worth being dragged all over town on such traditional family holiday excursions as Christmas shopping and the requisite choosing of the Christmas tree, their eldest daughter Alicia comes home for the holidays, with no intention of adopting a new "brother."

Crew

Tarek Abdel-halim

Production Assistant

Stuart M. Abramson

Key Grip

Ben Affleck

Song Performer

Elton Ahi

Music Scoring Mixer

Elton Ahi

Score Recording

Jonathan Aibel

Other

Tom Ajar

Projectionist

Alexa Alden

Script Supervisor

Pedro Aleman

Driver

Michael Allegro

Driver

Jorge Almeida

Visual Effects Designer

H. Leah Amir

Craft Service

Faires K Anderson

Steadicam Operator

Denise Anderson Poore

Production Assistant

Ray Appel

Driver

Tammy Ashmore

Makeup

Chet Atkins

Song Performer

Gala Autumn

Costume Supervisor

Stuart Balcomb

Original Music

Adam Barth

Video

Billy Beaird

Best Boy Grip

Joseph Beal

Song

Jeremy Beiermann

Production Assistant

Glenn Berger

Other

Tommy Bernard

Production Assistant

Craig Bernatzke

Props

David Bernstein

Assistant Director

Andy Bertelson

Best Boy Grip

Juel Bestrop

Casting

Ralph Blane

Song

Jim Boothe

Song

Joey Box

Stunts

Ben Brammeier

Production Assistant

Julian Bratolyubov

Music Coordinator

Peter Breiner

Music Conductor

Charles Brewer

Stunts

Chad Bronson

Accounting Assistant

Matthew Brookman

Electrician

Brumby J. Broussard

Driver

Marcei A Brubaker

Assistant Director

Ericka Bryce

Medic

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

Willie Burton

Sound Mixer

Matthew Butcher

Driver

Chris Butler

Song

Robert Caballero

Medic

Michael Cahoon

Loader

Denny Caira

Transportation Coordinator

Jeff S Caples

Assistant Camera

Blythe Cappello

Casting Associate

Jules Carideo

Assistant Production Coordinator

Robert J Carius

Electrician

Donald C Carlson

Camera Operator

Robert J Carlyle

Construction Coordinator

Chay Carter

Assistant

Sue Chan

Art Director

Karen K Chang

Transportation Manager

Michael Chickey

Assistant Location Manager

Jack Clancy

Medic

Kaiser Clark

Assistant

Doug Coleman

Stunt Coordinator

Doug Coleman

Unit Director

Eliza Coleman

Stunts

Peter Collister

Director Of Photography

J. Fred Coots

Song

John Costello

Song Performer

John Costello

Song

Stella Christy Cottini

Key Costumer

Paul Court

Song

Joe Coyle

Stand-In

Jeffrey Cranford

Assistant Sound Editor

Tracey Cratell

Song

Natasha Cuba

Casting Assistant

William D'ambra

Special Effects

Michael D'imperio

Assistant Property Master

Michael Damski

Production Assistant

Donald K Davidson

Chief Lighting Technician

Richard A Davis

Driver

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Ron De Torres

Lighting Technician

Will Dearborn

Loader

Kent Demaine

Visual Effects

Maria Devane

Post-Production Accountant

Jeff Dieter

Greensman

Alan Disler

Assistant Camera

Karan Doherty

Set Costumer

Roger Doherty

Craft Service

Danny Downey

Stunts

Wileen Dragovan

Location Manager

Teresa Jaimie Drapkin

Accountant

Dominic Dugandzic

Special Effects Technician

Stephen Dullaghan

Song

Chris Duskin

Camera Operator

Randy Edelman

Music Composer

Randy Edelman

Music Conductor

Rick Eggers

Caterer

Harry Elfont

Story By

Harry Elfont

Screenplay

Andrew Ellerd

Sound Effects Editor

Chuck Eskridge

Painter

Sven E M Fahlgren

Post-Production Coordinator

David Fein

Foley Artist

Leslee Feldman

Casting

Jose Feliciano

Song Performer

Jose Feliciano

Song

Ralph Ferraro

Original Music

Marisa Ferrey

Assistant Director

John Finklea

Music Editor

Lisa Fischer

Set Decorator

Tom Fleischman

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Rolf Fleischmann

Assistant Editor

Eric Flickinger

Rerecording

Diana Flores

Adr Mixer

Jimmy Flores

Props

Trixie Flynn

Assistant

Bill Fobert

Foreman

Patrick J. Foley

Dialogue Editor

Mary Jane Fort

Costume Designer

Matt Fortlege

Loader

Steven Francis

Electrician

Jo Dee Freck

Post-Production Supervisor

Amy Frederick

Production Assistant

Ron Fremstad

Sound

Wally Frick

Transportation Captain

Jeffrey Frink

Special Effects Foreman

Gretchen Gain

Set Costumer

Tyler W. Gaisford

Production Assistant

James Gandolfini

Song Performer

Patrick Garbutt

Swing Gang

Terry Garcia

Assistant Sound Editor

Soren Garcia-rey

Production Assistant

Tony Gardner

Special Effects

Judy Garland

Song Performer

Rosemary Gearhart

Stand-In

Troy Gilbert

Stunts

Haven Gillespie

Song

Eric Glasser

Production Assistant

Fernanda Gliatta

Apprentice Editor

Antoinette Gordon

Set Designer

Matthew Gordon

Production Assistant

Dale Grahn

Color Timer

Noelle Green

Production Coordinator

Kimberly Greene

Makeup Artist

Tad Griffith

Stunts

Deborah A Hall

Key Costumer

William G Hall

Foreman

Caroline Hanania

Production Designer

Cicely Harris

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Joshua Harris

Production Assistant

Ed Hartman

Song Performer

Ed Hartman

Song

Jennifer Helmuth

Script Supervisor

Leigh Hennessy

Stunts

Adam S. Hernandez

Assistant Editor

David Hilker

Song

David Hilker

Song Performer

James Hinton

Accounting Assistant

James A Hogan

Transportation Co-Captain

Aaron C Holden

Dresser

Todd Homme

Music Supervisor

Lisa Hoyle

Stunt Double

Bill K. Hoyt

Painter

Don J Hug

Unit Manager

Loretta Huggett

Driver

J Paul Huntsman

Supervising Sound Editor

John E Jackson

Makeup

Terry Jackson

Stunts

David Jobe

Foley Mixer

Jennifer Jobst

Key Costumer

Fallon Johnson

Production Assistant

Gordon Johnson

Production Assistant

C David Jones

Production Assistant

Richard Jones

Key Grip

Fred Judkins

Foley Editor

Deborah Kaplan

Story By

Deborah Kaplan

Screenplay

Rosa Yang Kato

Assistant Location Manager

Todd Kaufman

Assistant

Shane D Kelly

Chief Lighting Technician

Steve Kierig

Stand-In

Gary E Kincaid

Driver

Josh King

Assistant Director

Rodman Kiser

Special Effects

Jill Korengold

Set Costumer

Robert Krzeminski

Best Boy Grip

Michelle Kuznetsky

Music Supervisor

Marc Labeaune

Driver

Martha Lafage

Location Assistant

Jani Lane

Song

Barbara Lange

Production Assistant

Elizabeth Lapp

Set Designer

Richard Lederer

Assistant Director

Marc Leeger

Grip

Matt Lefevour

Stunts

Rick Lefevour

Stunt Coordinator

Scott Leftridge

Dolly Grip

Rich Leonin

Production Assistant

Lisa J Levine

Adr Editor

Linda Lew

Foley Recordist

Marvin E. Lewis

Boom Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
Twelve Days of Christmas, The
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Holiday
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Ronald L Wright
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 22, 2004

Released in United States on Video December 21, 2004

Project was previously set up at Columbia Pictures.

Feature screenwriting debut for Josh Sternin and Jeff Ventimilia.

Released in United States Fall October 22, 2004

Released in United States on Video December 21, 2004