An American Carol (2008)

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  • IMDb page: An American Carol (2008)
  • Rate: 4.3/10 total 6,905 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 3 October 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 83 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $12,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $7,001,720(USA)(2 November 2008)
  • Director: David Zucker
  • Stars: Kevin P. Farley, Kelsey Grammer and Leslie Nielsen
  • Original Music By: James L. Venable   
  • Soundtrack: Invincible
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Filmmaker | Shipping Out | George Washington | Terrorist | Documentary Filmmaker

Writing Credits By:

  • David Zucker (written by) &
  • Myrna Sokoloff (written by) and
  • Lewis Friedman (written by)

Known Trivia

  • In accordance with the film’s strong political theme, the official Internet site used a grassroots pre-publicity marketing strategy. Users on the site, dubbed “American Carolers”, could make use of online tools to email friends about the film, network with other fans, etc. Points were given based on participation, and prizes (tickets, posters, etc) were awarded to the highest scorers. The names of the top 16 “Carolers” are on the DVD, in the Bonus Features under “Special Thanks”.
  • The date on the headstone lists Micheal Malone’s birthdate as April 20, 1952. April 20 is also the birthdate of Adolf Hitler.
  • The woman who says “I gave up an ass lift for this?” is played by Kelsey Grammer’s wife, Camille.
  • In one scene, a portrait of Davy Crockett is seen on the wall: it’s the same portrait that appeared in Leslie Nielsen’s house in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult – an in-joke from director David Zucker.
  • Both ‘Wayne Knight (I)’ and Frank Caliendo turned down the role of Michael Malone.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Heard near the end, when one of the sick children falls off of the pier.

Goofs: Errors in geography: A scene in the NYC subway station at Madison Square Garden (34th St.) shows a sign for the 2, 5 and "S" trains. The 5 and "S" do not stop there. It should read 1,2,3 trains.

Plot: An anti-American filmmaker who's out to abolish the July Fourth holiday is visited by three ghosts who try to change his perception of the country. Full summary »  »

Story: At a July 4 barbecue, gramps tells the kids the story of Michael Malone, a documentary filmmaker and Michael Moore look-alike who hates America and wants to abolish July 4th. He refuses to celebrate with his nephew Josh, who's shipping out soon to the Middle East. That night, Michel has a vision of his hero, JFK, who predicts that three ghosts will visit Michael. Sure enough, General Patton, George Washington, and country music star Trace Adkins visit Michael show him the fruits of patriotism, just wars, and pacifism. Meanwhile, Arab terrorists want Malone to help them with a propaganda film. Is he the next Leni Riefenstahl or will he see the light?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Synopsis: The American spirit is celebrated in the outrageous and totally irreverent comedy An American Carol from David Zucker, the master of questionable taste (Airplane!, The Naked Gun, Scary Movie 3 and 4).

In An American Carol a cynical, Anti-American Hollywood filmmaker sets out on a crusade to abolish the 4th of July holiday. He is visited by three spirits who take him on a hilarious journey in an attempt to show him the true meaning of America.

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Produced By:

  • Mike Ades known as associate producer
  • Todd Burns known as co-producer
  • Ann Corkery known as associate producer
  • Ken Ferguson known as co-executive producer
  • Lewis Friedman known as co-producer
  • Kenneth Hendrick known as executive producer
  • Diane Hendricks known as executive producer
  • Stephen McEveety known as producer
  • John Shepherd known as producer
  • Myrna Sokoloff known as executive producer
  • David Zucker known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Trace Adkins known as Angel of Death / Trace Adkins
  • Brandon Alter known as He's Much Fatter in Person.
  • Chriss Anglin known as John F. Kennedy
  • Geoffrey Arend known as Mohammed
  • Scott Bailey known as Celebrity 2
  • Dana Lyn Baron known as Speaker 1940's
  • Mark Vafiades known as Look Out! It's Those Christians! (as Mark Basil)
  • Morgan Beck known as "Free History Term Papers"
  • Julian Berlin known as Woman at Awards Party
  • Randall Bosley known as Mussolini
  • Joanne Bowland known as Intern
  • Cocoa Brown known as Airport Security Guard 1
  • Vicki Browne known as Rosie O'Connell
  • Mary Castro known as Hottie
  • Gary Coleman known as Bacon Stains Malone
  • Jeff Corbett known as Policeman 2
  • Rebekah Crane known as Girl Scout
  • Robert Davi known as Aziz
  • Tony X. Deale known as Security Guard
  • Nikki Deloach known as Lily
  • Susan Deming known as It's That Michael Malone!
  • Alexander DiPersia known as Rehearsal Actor
  • Chrisanne Eastwood known as Hippie 2
  • Kevin P. Farley known as Michael Malone (as Kevin Farley)
  • Mell Flynn known as "Traitor!"
  • Lisa Fredrickson known as Singer
  • Carl De Gersdorff known as Teddo
  • Katie Gill known as Rehearsal Actress
  • Cameron Goodman known as Political Aide
  • Eileen Gonzales known as Reporter on TV
  • Camille Grammer known as I Gave up an Ass Lift for This?
  • Kelsey Grammer known as Patton
  • David Alan Grier known as Rastus Malone
  • Allen Lee Haff known as Airport Security Guard 2 (as Allen Haff)
  • Mary Hart known as Entertainment Tonight Host
  • Joe Hartzler known as 'Marines!' / Sassy Sailor
  • Jesse Heiman known as Young Michael Malone
  • Mark Henderson known as Minister 2
  • Paris Hilton known as Herself
  • Dennis Hopper known as Judge
  • Alaina Huffman known as Celebrity 1
  • Benton Jennings known as Hitler
  • Serdar Kalsin known as Ahmed
  • Jack Kelly known as You're a Disgrace Protest Yeller
  • Kaleigh Kennedy known as Becca / Kaleigh
  • Coco Leigh known as Nun on Bus
  • Zachary Levi known as Lab Tech 1
  • Simone Lotter known as Partygoer 2
  • Joey Luthman known as Boy Scout
  • Brent Lydic known as Wounded Soldier
  • Christopher McDonald known as Lab Supervisor
  • Rich McDonald known as Thought You Hated Country Music!
  • Meghan McEveety known as Trophy Girl
  • Bridget McEveety known as Girl at BBQ
  • Steve Monroe known as Airport Passenger 2
  • Tyler Jacob Moore known as Marty
  • Oliver Muirhead known as Neville Chamberlain
  • Jillian Murray known as Heather
  • Joey Naber known as Terrorist 2
  • Leslie Nielsen known as Osama Bin Nielsen / Grandpa
  • Durrell Nelson known as Chaplain
  • Gail O'Grady known as Jane Wagstaffe
  • John O'Hurley known as Silvano
  • Bill O'Reilly known as Himself
  • Anna Osceola known as Molly Duncan
  • David Oved known as Afghan Prisoner 2
  • Norman Panto known as Accordion Player
  • Lu Parker known as Reporter 1
  • Robert Pierce known as Minister 1
  • Bill Posley known as Mose Malone
  • Amy Povich known as Airport Passenger 1
  • Oren Rehany known as Terrorist on Bike
  • F. Lee Reynolds known as Subway Policeman
  • Simon Rex known as Himself
  • Bryant Romo known as "Sailors!"
  • Elizabeth Scott known as I'm Starved.
  • Evan Sayet known as Patient in Line
  • Travis Schuldt known as Josh
  • Atticus Shaffer known as Timmy / Atticus
  • Sammy Sheik known as Subway Terrorist
  • Abbie Shepherd known as Trophy Girl at BBQ
  • Joe Sikorra known as Policeman (MSG) 1
  • Jane Park Smith known as Reporter 2
  • Kevin Sorbo known as George Mulrooney
  • Steve Spiro known as Cuban Commander
  • Richard Tanner known as Village Voter
  • Peter F. Tegan known as Stagehand (as Peter Tegan)
  • Fred Travalena known as Jimmy Carter
  • Karri Turner known as Lab Tech 2
  • Hiroshi Ueha known as Tojo
  • Jenna Vogeler known as Tiny Tina / Jenna
  • Jon Voight known as George Washington
  • Lee von Ernst known as Hippie 1
  • James Woods known as Agent Grosslight
  • Lauren Lee Smith known as Voice of Reason (as Lauren Smith)
  • Josh Zucker known as Voice of Reason
  • Sarah Zucker known as Voice of Reason
  • Paul R. Goldberg known as Cocktail Musician
  • John T. Hatton known as Cocktail Musician
  • Allen Simpson known as Cocktail Musician / Musician (as Allen H. Simpson)
  • Joanna Repsold known as Wedding Guest
  • Badger Wagstaffe known as Wedding Guest
  • Cheryl Baxter known as Parent
  • Troy Christian known as Parent
  • Nadine Ellis known as Parent
  • Laura Fremont known as Parent
  • Michael Higgins known as Parent
  • Elisabeth Jee known as Parent
  • Marilyn Rising known as Parent
  • Blane Savage known as Parent
  • Marc Oka known as Parent
  • Carlton Wilborn known as Parent
  • Bobbie Bates known as Professor
  • Heather Lea Gerdes known as Professor (as Heather Gerdes)
  • Marcy Goldman known as Professor
  • Ernest Harden Jr. known as Professor
  • Sandra Asbury-Johnson known as Professor (as Sandra Asbury Johnson)
  • Anthony Marciona known as Professor
  • Stan Mazin known as Professor
  • Bubba Dean Rambo known as Professor
  • Jerry Trent known as Professor
  • Keith Allen known as Plantation Singer
  • Fred Braggs known as Plantation Singer
  • Eddie Eason known as Plantation Singer
  • Jimmy Fisher known as Plantation Singer
  • Julio Hanson known as Plantation Singer
  • Tyree Mills known as Plantation Singer
  • Andre Washington known as Plantation Singer
  • Reshma Gajjar known as Columbia Student '1968'
  • Christopher Jenkins Holmes known as Columbia Student '1968'
  • Brian Jones known as Columbia Student '1968' (as Brian Michael Jones)
  • Julianne Waters known as Columbia Student '1968'
  • Christy Williams known as Columbia Student '1968'
  • Eric Gustafson known as Musician
  • David Kogge known as Musician
  • Dan Vulovic known as Musician
  • Adam Yasmin known as Musician
  • Brian F. Durkin known as US Marine at protest
  • Andre Alexsen known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Lili Asvar known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Simone Bargetze known as Extra (uncredited)
  • David Black known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Susan Brock known as On-Air Reporter (uncredited)
  • Amanda Burrill known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Jack Chevanty known as Extra (uncredited)
  • David Cohen known as Master Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Jeff Copas known as Hippie (uncredited)
  • Hannah Cowley known as Award Model (uncredited)
  • Jacob Crawford known as Marine #3 (uncredited)
  • Kristen De Luca known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Nicole Dionne known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Tyler Farrell known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Andrew Ferguson known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Kelly Frazier known as Young Mother in Airport (uncredited)
  • Krystal Grenseman known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Jen Halperin known as Hottie (uncredited)
  • Austin Honaker known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Jon Huybrecht known as Ghost Soldier (uncredited)
  • Marie Lynn known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Eric Martic known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Turk Matthews known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Stefan Mavi known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Tom McComas known as Zombie #1 (uncredited)
  • Thomas A. Miller known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Joe Murray known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Shanna Olson known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Alex Parlar known as Hasan Simavi (uncredited)
  • David Pearl known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Marlies Pinto known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Tom Poole known as Juror (uncredited)
  • Scott C. Roe known as American Revolution Soldier Ghost (uncredited)
  • Arne Starr known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Tyler Strother known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Hannah Rebecca Telle known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Matthew Thane known as Extra (uncredited)
  • David M. Tran known as College Student (uncredited)
  • Pleasant Wayne known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Deanna Webb known as Ted Kennedy's Girlfriend (uncredited)
  • Marissa Welsh known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Jacob White known as Extra (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Jessica Anderson-Abbott known as makeup artist
  • Mark Bautista known as key makeup artist
  • Hazel Catmull known as hair stylist
  • Zoe Hay known as makeup artist
  • Laura Hill known as makeup artist: daychecking
  • Elizabeth Hoel known as key makeup artist
  • Lucia Mace known as hair department head
  • Tania McComas known as makeup department head
  • Amy McHale known as hair stylist
  • Michael Mosher known as makeup artist
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as special makeup effects artist
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as special prosthetics: Jon Voight
  • Ken Niederbaumer known as makeup artist
  • Cynthia P. Romo known as hair stylist (as Cynthia Romo)
  • Michele Tyminski known as key makeup artist
  • Maria Valdivia known as hair stylist
  • Anthony Wilson known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Andrew P. Alvarez known as labor foreman
  • Scott M. Anderson known as assistant property master
  • Jody Bergman known as additional shopper (2008)
  • Derek Dean known as set dresser
  • James Fernandez known as on-set dresser
  • Bryan Hill known as leadman
  • John Horning known as assistant property master
  • Cindy Ichikawa known as coordinator
  • Ilana Iturbe known as junior set designer
  • Eric Knight known as set painter
  • Robert E. Knight known as set painter
  • Kim Lincoln known as graphic designer
  • James R. Lord known as carpenter gang boss
  • Jared A.J. Muscarella known as carpenter
  • Michael Muscarella known as construction coordinator
  • Loren Nickloff known as general foreman
  • Dennis Richardson known as carpenter
  • Graham Robertson known as set dresser
  • Steven M. Saylor known as set designer
  • Robert Silcock known as gang boss
  • Gary Thomas known as storyboard artist
  • Sara Wilhelmi known as graphic designer
  • Kate Fettis known as set dresser (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Mpower American Carol Holding
  • Mpower Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Designer Wardrobe Trailers  wardrobe trailer
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Eisner & Frank  production legal
  • Film Art  artwork
  • North Projects  behind the scenes
  • Red Talent and Literary Agency  talent agency and representative
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers
  • Westside Media Group  post-production facilities

Distributors:

  • Vivendi Entertainment (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Earth Star Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
  • SP Films (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • SP Films (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Star Channel (2011) (Japan) (TV)
  • Vivendi Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Vivendi Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Stargate Digital (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Rodrigo Armendariz known as digital compositor
  • Meliza Fermin known as digital compositor
  • Ragui Hanna known as digital compositor
  • Kristin Johnson known as matte artist: Stargate Studios
  • Daniel Kumiega known as visual effects
  • Christopher D. Martin known as digital compositor
  • Anthony Ocampo known as cg artist
  • Reid Paul known as visual effects producer: Stargate Digital
  • James W. Riley known as visual effects executive producer
  • Jon Rosenthal known as digital effects artist
  • Ryan Wieber known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • USA 3 October 2008
  • Croatia 30 July 2009
  • UK 21 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 6 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 30 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 18 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 16 September 2011 (Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival)
  • Sweden 27 January 2012 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for rude and irreverent content, and for language and brief drug material

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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