December 7, 2016

10 Movies you didn't know were set at Christmas…
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by Tom Goodwyn

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10 Movies you didn't know were set at Christmas…

This article was originally published on Dec 12th 2013

Unless you've just woken up from a coma or been trekking alone across the Sahara, you'll have noticed that Christmas isn't all that far away and your TV schedules are fast filling up with Xmas-themed flicks.

Thing is, not every film that's set at Christmas is a Christmas film, we've got proof too…

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

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This didn't help itself by coming out in April, but this year's stupendously successful Iron Man 3 is actually set over the holiday season. Comparatively little is made of this in plot terms, but director Shane Black does love setting his films at Christmas, he's set four of them then, which brings us on to….

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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The original union of Black's razor-sharp scriptwriting and Robert Downey Jnr's droll delivery actually occurred in this crime caper. Set in the heart of Hollywood, this story about a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor and the bizarre collision of their lives is set just as the festive season really kicks in. Not that this changes the plot one iota…

In Bruges

In Bruges

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This black as night comedy about two bungling hitmen lying low in Bruges takes place with yuletide in the background, with lots of decorations on show. Again, Santa doesn't get his claws anywhere near the plot, but it does help add to the main characters annoyance at their surroundings.

Batman Returns

Batman Returns

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Christmas is actually pretty front and centre in this one. Amid Michael Keaton chasing after Danny DeVito dressed as a grotesque penguin, you see decorations pretty constantly. There's even a kidnapping attempt at a tree-lighting ceremony.

L.A. Confidential

L.A Confidential

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Given the inspiration for this film was an event named 'Bloody Christmas', where seven men were seriously assaulted by members of the LA police department, it's an obvious choice. However, most people remember this as a slick, supremely well-crafted thriller, not a festive romp, and they're right to: it's violent and nasty in places, not a film for the whole family…

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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George Lazenby's ill-fated turn as 007 only lasted for one film, but it's also the only one set at Christmas. Helpfully set largely in the Swiss Alps, it's certainly wintry enough…

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

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Stanley Kubrick's final film is better known for its lush cinematography and graphic sex scenes, but the movie's sordid frolics all actually kick off at a Christmas party. Now you know…

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Diner

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This is set during the last week of 1959, meaning Christmas is right around the corner, but doesn't affect the plot in the slightest. Starring Mickey Rourke, Tim Daley, Daniel Stern, Steve Guttenberg and Kevin Bacon as friends returning to their hometown for a friend's wedding, this remains a witty, endearing watch. It's not very festive though…

Brazil

Brazil

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This classic, dystopian thriller, which consistently finds its way into 'Best Of All Time' lists, is actually set at Christmas. The film's colour scheme is pretty muted anyway, but you can see Christmas decorations sprinkled lightly across the film, making the horrible events and horrendous greed on show seem even more harrowing.

Go

Go

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Set in the 24-hour period leading up to Christmas, this cult flick stars a young Katie Holmes and Timothy Olyphant and tells the story of a drug deal gone wrong and the event that unfold as a result. Again, decorations are everywhere, but this pacy thriller doesn't add much goodwill to the season. It's a great watch though…