The Night Before (2015)

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  • IMDb page: The Night Before (2015)
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 20 November 2015 (USA)
  • Filming Location: New York City, New York, USA
  • Director: Jonathan Levine
  • Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lizzy Caplan, Miley Cyrus | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Marco Beltrami (composer) Miles Hankins (composer)  
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | SDDS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Christmas | Christmas Party | Christmas Eve | New York City | Jewish

Writing Credits By:

  • Jonathan Levine (screenplay) and
  • Kyle Hunter (screenplay) &
  • Ariel Shaffir (screenplay) &
  • Evan Goldberg (screenplay)
  • Jonathan Levine (story)

Known Trivia

  • Third collaboration with Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan. They’ve worked together in Freaks and Geeks (1999) and The Interview (2014). 19 of 23 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • This will be Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon’s second collaboration. Their first being 50/50 22 of 29 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The second time Evan Goldberg has written a screenplay with someone other than Seth Rogen, his regular writing partner. The first time was Goon (2011). 12 of 16 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Filmed under the name X-mas. 6 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Lizzy Caplan and HelenĂ© York have worked together previously in Masters Of Sex. 6 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • This is the second collaboration between Anthony Mackie and Michael Shannon the first being 8 Mile (2002) 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Joseph Gordon’s second collaboration with Michael Shannon they previously worked together on Premium Rush (2012) 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Anthony Mackie and Michael Shannon have played roles in rival comic movies Mackie in Marvel’s Captain America and Shannon in DC’s Man of Steel. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: In New York City for their annual tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery, three lifelong best friends set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties since their yearly reunion might be coming to an end. Full summary » |  »

Story: Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. Written bySony Pictures Entertainment

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Produced By:

  • Shaun Burke known as associate producer
  • Joseph Drake known as executive producer
  • Michael Flynn known as line producer: additional photography
  • Evan Goldberg known as producer
  • Barbara A. Hall known as executive producer
  • Kyle Hunter known as executive producer
  • Nathan Kahane known as executive producer
  • Alex McAtee known as associate producer
  • John Powers Middleton known as executive producer
  • Seth Rogen known as producer
  • Ariel Shaffir known as executive producer
  • Rob Stull known as assistant producer
  • James Weaver known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt known as Ethan
  • Lizzy Caplan known as Diana
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Seth Rogen known as Isaac
  • Michael Shannon
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Anthony Mackie known as Chris
  • Lorraine Toussaint
  • Aaron Hill known as Tommy Owens
  • Jillian Bell
  • Kanye West
  • Natalie Knepp known as Coat Check Girl
  • Liz Celeste known as Mother with Baby
  • Dennise Renae Larson known as Xmas Dancer
  • Heléne Yorke known as Cindy
  • Aly Mang known as Party Attendee & Pro Athlete Girlfriend
  • Theodora Woolley known as Woman
  • Kamal Angelo Bolden known as Pro Athlete
  • Nicola Fiore known as Exotic Dancer
  • Marija Skangale known as Snow Globe Dancer
  • Hannah Townsend known as Tommy's Hot Girl
  • April Szykeruk known as Affronted Church Goer
  • Janel Smietana known as Xmas Party Attendee
  • Danny Guzman known as Church boy
  • Baron Davis known as Himself
  • Brenda Kuciemba known as Church Goer
  • Blake Sewell known as Street Peddler
  • Inna Muratova known as Christmas Eve Church Goer
  • Curt Bouril known as Cindy's Husband
  • Brooke Liddell known as Cindy's Daughter
  • Kiley Liddell known as Cindy's Daughter
  • Eric Goins known as Sleigh Guy
  • Michael D. Joseph known as Party Goer
  • Andrew Meredith known as Roadie
  • Jonathan O'Reilly known as Christmas eve party attendee
  • Kedrick Brown known as Dancing Elf
  • Maxwell Cosmo Cramer known as Hipster Guy
  • Clem Cheung known as Korean Man
  • Scott Eliasoph known as Pedestrian
  • John Farrer known as Priest at Church Service
  • Richard R. Corapi known as Church Goer
  • Alix Isom known as Party Girl
  • Oliver Solomon known as Karaoke Singer #2
  • Meg Carriero known as Gisele Christmas Spice
  • Gabrielle Carlile known as NYE Party Attendee
  • Betsy Smith known as Mrs. Claus
  • Christina Lancaster known as Party Attendee
  • Jeremy Vimes known as Congee Village Waiter
  • Dora Mavrakis known as Church goer
  • Christopher Tighe known as Priest Celebrating Mass
  • Mark Mindek known as Stilt Nutcracker
  • Monika Baskiewicz known as Church Member
  • Samantha Perry known as Party Goer
  • Flora Li known as Party Guest
  • Shawn Jacoby known as Jesus
  • Helen Brackel known as Church Goer (uncredited)
  • Darryl Reuben Hall known as Christmas Caroler (uncredited)
  • Doris McCarthy known as Church Goer (uncredited)
  • Anna Phillips known as Christmas Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Lynne Valley known as Church Goer (uncredited)
  • Bill Walters known as Christmas Bartender (uncredited)
  • Ari Werlein known as Party Attendee (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Mindy Hall known as makeup department head
  • Mary McNamara known as makeup artist
  • Eve Morrow known as makeup artist / character artist
  • Ashley Ryan known as key makeup artist
  • Shunika Terry known as hair department head: Atlanta
  • Josh Turi known as prosthetic effects fabrication

Art Department:

  • Michael Bruno known as set dresser
  • Kelly Canfield known as Leadman
  • Marcus Cooley known as on-set dresser: additional photography
  • Peter Dorsey known as assistant art director
  • Ray Fisher known as leadman: Winter Unit
  • Isaac Gabaeff known as assistant propmaster
  • Jonathan Graham known as key construction grip
  • Hinju Kim known as assistant art director
  • Laurel Kolsby known as graphic designer: props
  • Brick Mason known as storyboard artist
  • Russell Michniak known as set dresser
  • Nick Miller known as construction coordinator
  • Leann Murphy known as art department coordinator
  • Tess Peltzer-Rollo known as props
  • Diane Rich known as scenic artist foreman
  • David Rodriguez known as production assistant: construction
  • Eric Rosenberg known as graphic designer
  • Diana Salzburg known as assistant set decorator
  • Natalie Taylor Smith known as art department coordinator: additional photography
  • Amy Lynn Umezu known as storyboard artist: additional photography
  • Amanda Ward known as assistant prop master: additional photography
  • Alexis Weiss known as property master


Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures
  • Good Universe
  • LStar Capital
  • Point Grey Pictures

Other Companies:

  • B.A. Department, The  business and legal affairs
  • Laundry Design  main titles
  • Laundry Design  storybook design & illustrated transitions

Additional Details


  • Columbia Pictures (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through Universal Pictures International)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Neishaw Ali known as visual effects producer
  • Jeff Campbell known as visual effects supervisor: spinvfx
  • J.P. Giamos known as vfx producer: SPIN VFX
  • Edward Hanrahan known as visual effects coordinator: SPIN VFX
  • Dan Masciarelli known as producer: storybook design & illustrated transitions
  • Geoff Sayer known as digital compositor
  • Christa Tazzeo known as Associate Visual Effects Producer


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