Merry Christmas
Directed byNeri Parenti
Written byFausto Brizzi
Lorenzo De Luca
Marco Martani
Neri Parenti
Produced byAurelio De Laurentiis
StarringMassimo Boldi
Christian De Sica
Enzo Salvi
Biagio Izzo
Fichi d'India
CinematographyGianlorenzo Battaglia
Edited byLuca Montanari
Music byBruno Zambrini
Distributed byFilmauro[1]
Release date
  • December 21, 2001 (2001-12-21)
Running time
98 minutes
Budget$7.5 million[1]

Merry Christmas is a 2001 Italian Cinepanettone comedy film directed by Neri Parenti.[2]



The film was Filmauro's annual Christmas comedy. It was originally titled Christmas in New York. It was filming at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy on 11 September 2001 and was due to film in New York for four weeks 4 days later. Following the September 11 attacks, production was stopped for a month and the script rewritten to change the location to Amsterdam.[1]


The film opened at the top of the Italian box office with a first week gross of 11.7 billion lire ($5.6 million) and remained there for a second week, grossing $13.5 million in 12 days.[3][4] It was the first Filmauro comedy to be the Christmas number one since A spasso nel tempo in 1996.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Rooney, David (7 January 2002). "Local yokels deliver a boffo B.O holiday gift". Variety. p. 30.
  2. ^ "Merry Christmas". Cinematografo (in Italian). Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  3. ^ "International box office". Variety. 7 January 2002. p. 15. Weekly gross to 3 January $5,578,692; Total gross to 3 January $11,441,941; % change -5%
  4. ^ Boland, Michaela (7 January 2002). "'Lord' runs rings 'round o'seas B.O.". Variety. p. 15.