Here are some “Did you know” facts to coincide with a list of the top classic movies you must watch this season. You’ll definitely enjoy learning a few things about some of America’s most beloved films!
1. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
- At the 20th Academy Awards, Miracle on 34th Street won ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role,’ ‘Best Writing,’ ’Original Story’ and ‘Best Writing, Screenplay’. It was also nominated for ‘Best Picture’, but lost out to Gentleman’s Agreement. Miracle on 34th Street tied Gentleman’s Agreement for most awards that night. Needless to say, this movie is a timeless masterpiece!
2. “Elf” (2003)
- Did you know, that infamous belch heard after Will Ferrell’s character finished a 2- liter bottle of Coca-Cola was real?! Try pulling that off this year at your family’s holiday dinner. (or maybe don’t)
- The movie made a huge profit. International and domestic sales totaled over 220 million dollars; while it only cost 33 million to produce.
3. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted on CBS in 1965, with an estimated 50% of American televisions tuned in to its premier, and has been shown during the Christmas season every year since.
- The movie has received an Emmy and a Peabody award.
4. “A Christmas Story” (1983)
- Due in part to its cultural significance, A Christmas Story was selected to be preserved into the National Film Registry.
- Jack Nicholson was in the running to play the, “Old Man.”
- Peter Billingsley, who played the main character Ralphie in the movie, has went on to lead a very successful career post child-stardom. He was featured in Elf, (how ironic). Billingsley has also earned his place as a highly respected executive producer. He has worked on popular projects like The Break-Up and Iron Man.
5. “Home Alone” (1990)
- Home Alone is recognized as the highest grossing comedy of all time!
- Catherine O’Hara, who played Kevin’s mother in the film, also starred in Beetlejuice and supplied the voice of Sally Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
6. “The Polar Express” (2004)
- Almost all of the characters in the movie were real actors that were made animated by using a technique called live action performance capture.
- The Polar Express is in the Guinness World Book of Records for being the first all-digital capture film.