The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

  • Kerry Bishé
  • Edward Burns
  • Heather Burns
  • Marsha Dietlein
  • Caitlin FitzGerald

The adult siblings of the Fitzgerald family prepare for their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years earlier. Edward Burns’ 11th feature film served as a filmmaking family reunion as well with a cast that included actors from each of his previous 10 films.


The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

  • Official Selection
  • 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

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"Manages the considerable feat of interweaving the personal dramas of nine members of a boisterous Irish-American clan into a coherent mosaic with a streamlined narrative drive."

~ Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy. Props to Edward Burns…who goes back to his Irish-Catholic roots.”

~ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"A genuine charmer with appealingly natural performances and the kind of holiday warmth that can't be manufactured."

~ Rafer Guzman, Newsday

"The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is extremely perceptive about certain angles on life in a big family."

~ Stephanie Zachary, NPR

"An unpretentiously ingratiating dramedy about members of an Irish-American clan drawn together, whether they want to be or not, for a yuletide celebration."

~ Joe Leydon, Daily Variety