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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.

Director:

Richard Bartlett

Writer:

Jean Shepherd
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Matt Dillon ... Ralph
James Broderick ... Dad
Barbara Bolton Barbara Bolton ... Mom
Babe Sargent Babe Sargent ... Ludlow Kissel
Jeff Yonis Jeff Yonis ... Schwartz (as Jeffery Yonis)
William Lampley ... Flick
Lisa Jacobsen Lisa Jacobsen ... Pamela
Jay Ine Jay Ine ... Randy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Blood John Blood ... John
Christopher Childs Christopher Childs ... Mailman
Arnie Cox Arnie Cox ... Ace
Frank Dolan Frank Dolan ... Mr. Dirks
Ruth Edinburg Ruth Edinburg ... Mother at Picnic
Dana Hardwick Dana Hardwick ... Ledbetter
Andrea McCullough Andrea McCullough ... Clara Mae
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blixt och dunder See more »

Filming Locations:

Belmont, Massachusetts, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Features Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of Ludlow Kissel
Sung by Leigh Brown
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Very clever quasi-documentary about teenager's life in Indiana.
6 November 2000 | by pvdandtSee all my reviews

I have not seen this since I stumbled upon it almost 20 years ago at age 11. A very clever film highlighting major events in a few months of a teenager's life in Indiana (as i remember it). I think the self-narration and exaggerated dream/narration sequences were groundbreaking humor at the time, used now by everything from The Wonder Years to Ally McBeal. No clue where I could get a copy of this now. Perhaps PBS will show it again.


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