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24 Nights (1999)

When Jonathan Parker was 4 years old, his mother's words and a chance encounter with a Salvation Army Kris Kringle instilled in him a lifelong belief in the legend of Santa Claus. Now 24 ... See full summary »

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Jonathan
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Marie
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Keith
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Toby
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Stan (as Rob Bogue)
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Lillian
Mark Bateman ...
James
Sybyl Walker ...
Sara
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Paul
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Geneva
Gerry Vichi ...
Diner Santa
Mary Stout ...
Aunt Jean
Rose Alaio ...
Geneva's Double
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Ricky
Paul Tiesler ...
Jonathan, age 4
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When Jonathan Parker was 4 years old, his mother's words and a chance encounter with a Salvation Army Kris Kringle instilled in him a lifelong belief in the legend of Santa Claus. Now 24 and his parents long passed away, Jonathan is a spacey, pot-smoking college drop-out and multi loser in romance who has one shot left to find his true love; he writes a letter to Santa Claus. After meeting Toby, a new co-worker just moved to the city, Jonathan is convinced this is the one who was sent for him, even after he meets Toby's long time boyfriend Keith. This doesn't deter Jonathan, who proceeds to wreck everyone's lives in pursuit of his dream man. Fighting snags, traps and pitfalls to Christmas Day, will Jonathan land his Christmas wish? Written by Kieran Turner

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He knows who you've been sleeping with.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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When Keith visits Jonathan's house and stays for dinner with his family, he goes to a bedroom to wait for Jonathan. Jonathan sees him and says that they are "in Toby and Marie's room if that's what you're wondering." The room actually belongs to Marie and *Stan*. See more »

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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Best film without distribution I've ever seen
28 December 2000 | by (Harrisburg, PA) – See all my reviews

How can it be that this brilliantly crafted, beautifully written and perfectly acted film is without distribution- still?

I caught this film at a festival (Rehoboth Beach IFF) last year and would have seen it twice had I not caught its last showing. It's at times both hilarious and poignant and the family scenes ring so true and so funny that I consider 24 NIGHTS to be made of the anti-matter of another favorite slice-of-holiday-life film, Bob Clark's A CHRISTMAS STORY.

In 24 NIGHTS, writer-director Kieran Turner gives us a wonderful and unique perspective on love, family and Santa Claus through the eyes of memorably rich characters and with sharp dialogue and a really charming story.

I look forward to seeing this film again and again and to making it a regular Christmas 'watch' along with IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and the aforementioned A CHRISTMAS STORY.


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