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The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters 

Matt Dillon plays a young Jean Shepherd (author and narrator of A Christmas Story). Through Matt, Shep tells several humorous stories about his teen years in an Indiana steel town.

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Dad
Barbara Bolton ...
Mom
Babe Sargent ...
Ludlow Kissel
Jeff Yonis ...
Schwartz (as Jeffery Yonis)
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Lisa Jacobsen ...
Pamela
Jay Ine ...
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John Blood ...
Christopher Childs ...
Mailman
Arnie Cox ...
Ace
Frank Dolan ...
Mr. Dirks
Ruth Edinburg ...
Mother at Picnic
Dana Hardwick ...
Ledbetter
Andrea McCullough ...
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Matt Dillon plays a young Jean Shepherd (author and narrator of A Christmas Story). Through Matt, Shep tells several humorous stories about his teen years in an Indiana steel town.

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16 March 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The High School band featured a real band - The Chelmsford High School Marching Band from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The movie was filmed in and around the Boston Area. The scene with the practice of the band was filmed in South Boston (those familiar with landmarks will recognize a few). While the band was practicing, dust was thrown into fans to create a "dust bowl" effect as the movie takes place in Indiana. See more »

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Follows The Phantom of the Open Hearth (1976) See more »

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Ballad of Ludlow Kissel
Sung by Leigh Brown
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Really Should be Released ASAP
5 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a gem, a real piece of Americana. It should be released as DVD in single film format and then it should also be released as at least a 2 or 3 movie set. The purely American character of each of the films is touching, and for those of us who lived in the United States in the immediate post-war years, it is specific to our experiences as we watched our parents try to adapt to that life. It has been 25 years since I have seen this movie---it has become a fond memory of mine and each time I see A Christmas Story, I am regretful that its companion stories have been left on the shelf. The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters needs to be offered to us now---our thirst for it is overwhelming.


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