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Surviving Christmas Details


Directed by Mike Mitchell, Surviving Christmas finds Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) uneager to spend another lonely Christmas in his own home. Longing for holidays past, Drew travels to his childhood home intending to relive the experience of a family Christmas -- unfortunately, his family no longer lives there. This represents only a small snafu to Drew, who offers the Valco patriarch and his wife (Ben Affleck star James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara) a huge amount of money if they consent to pretend they are his parents and that he is a cherished member of the family. This entails participating in Latham family traditions, such as Christmas tree selection and crowded holiday shopping excursions. Though the Valcos reluctantly go along with Drew's requests, Alicia, their eldest daughter, arrives at home and refuses to comply with her "brother's" wishes. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

  • Release date:October 22, 2004


Ben Affleck
as Drew Latham
James Gandolfini
as Tom Valco
Christina Applegate
as Alicia Falco
Catherine O'Hara
as Christine Valco
Josh Zuckerman
as Brian Valco
Bill Macy
as Doo-Dah
Jennifer Morrison
as Missy Vangilder
Udo Kier
as Heinrich
David Selby
as Horace Vanglider
Stephanie Faracy
as Letitia Vanglider
Stephen Root
as Dr. Freeman
Sy Richardson
as Doo-Dah Understudy
Tangie Ambrose
as Kathryn
Peter Jason
as Suit
Phill Lewis
as Levine The Lawyer
as Santa
Kate Hendrickson
as Santa's Photographer
Bridgette Ho
as Five Year Old
Hailey Johnson
as Little Girl
Sean Marquette
as Older Brother
Caitlin Fein
as Freeman Twins
Amanda Fein
as Freeman Twins
Kent Osborne
as Marley
Bill Saito
as Christmas Past
Michael Patrick Bell
as Christmas Present
Amy Halloran
as Fanny
Sonya Eddy
as Security Lady
Bernard Smalls
as Security Man
Ron Karabatsos
as Deli Man
Wynn Irwin
as Customer
Angela Gacad
as Cute Girl At Play
Tom Kenny
as Man Wrapping Gift
Joan Blair
as Lonely Lady
William Thomas
as Choir Director
Karen Furno
as Choir
Linda Kerns
as Choir
Cynthia Marty
as Choir
Melanie Taylor
as Choir
Precious McCall
as Choir
Anika Noni Rose
as Choir
Reynaldo Duran
as Choir
Michael Kosik
as Choir
Jon Simanton
as Elf
Allison Queal
as Elf
Kacie Borrowman
as Elf
Alex Désert


Mike Mitchell
Betty Thomas
Jenno Topping
Deborah Kaplan
Screen Story
Deborah Kaplan
Josh Sternin
Jeff Ventimilia
Harry Elfont
Harry Elfont
Screen Story
Peter Lyons Collister
Tom Priestley Jr.
Mary Ramos
Musical Direction/Supervision
Randy Edelman
Composer (Music Score)
Craig McKay
Caroline Hanania
Production Designer
Sue Chan
Art Director
Erin Stam
Associate Producer
Lisa Fischer
Set Decorator
Mary Jane Fort
Costume Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Josh King
First Assistant Director
Juel Bestrop
Jeanne McCarthy
Randy Edelman