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The 24th Day (2004)

R | | Thriller | 6 May 2004 (USA)
Tom (Speedman) and Dan's (Marsden) one-night stand turns into an intense power-play between captor and captive.

Director:

Tony Piccirillo

Writer:

Tony Piccirillo (play)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Marsden ... Dan
Scott Speedman ... Tom
Sofía Vergara ... Isabella
Barry Papick ... Mr. Lerner
Charles J. Corrado Jr. Charles J. Corrado Jr. ... Officer 1 (as Charlie Corrado)
Jarvis W. George ... Officer #2 (as Jarvis George)
Scott Roman ... Bartender
Jeffrey Frost ... Dan's Assistant
Jona Harvey Jona Harvey ... Marla
Thea Chaloner Thea Chaloner ... Wife
Brian Campbell Brian Campbell ... Blondie
Zach Zach ... Lerner's Dog
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Storyline

One-night stand can lead to fatal results!Tom is a living proof!He's a straight family guy whose life turns upside down when he finds out that he has AIDS so he tricks his ex gay lover Dan into an empty flat & ties him up awaiting his blood test results.

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Your next lie may be your last. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual dialogue, and for brief violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

24. dan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,001, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:

$14,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,460
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Began as a play in Los Angeles with original cast members Noah Wyle and Peter Berg. A year later the play was revamped in Atlanta with Chad Darnell and Quint Von Canon. See more »

Goofs

Whenever Dan has tape around his head (covering his mouth), it is alternately under his right ear or over it (depending on the angle). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom: I walk home. I'm all scratched up, I got blood all over my face. I'm crying my eyes out. Anyway, my mother see's me. She runs in screaming, "What happened, who did thisa to you?" So I tell her Stevie Bellow jumped me from behind in the schoolyard while his pals stood there and made sure no one broke it up. So, take a guess what my mom does? She takes me back to the school yard. She finds Stevie, she tells him we're gonna fight again this time it's gonna be a fair fight.
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Connections

References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Nails
Written by Ryan Christopher Webb, J.J. Johnson, Doug Lancio, and Mark Robertson
Performed by Matthew Ryan
Courtesy of Hybrid Recordings
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Powerful and Effective
8 June 2006 | by boyinflaresSee all my reviews

"The 24th Day" is one of those movies that you really have to be in the mood for. It may not seem like it at first, but as soon as things change for James Marsden's character Dan, things change for the viewer also. "The 24th Day" is a very thought-provoking film, which due to it's content is not everyone's sort of film, but being such an unusual and rare sort of film, is a great film to watch and perhaps for some people, after watching, may come out with a greater understanding of the issues in the film, one of the obvious being HIV.

Few and far between are there films where homosexual characters are portrayed as normal people, and this is one of them, so when the HIV aspect of the film was introduced it seemed rather odd - do all gay related films have to be about HIV? The answer is of course no, and the film does, through Marsden's character Dan, strongly point out that HIV is in no way a "gay disease", which is a good point, as there seems to be not enough awareness of this, however, the people that need to be aware of that are probably not going to be the ones watching this film anyway. However, it would have been interesting if the film did not have the HIV aspect and for it to be a psychological thriller or something with one guy obsessed with the other years after they first met.

But I digress. James Marsden was wonderful in a role that seems very removed from his usual films, kudos to him. Scott Speedman also did a fantastic job of portraying his character Tom. Essentially a 2-character film (as it is adapted from a theatrical performance), it can get quite monotonous at points, but the actors both stay in good form. Overall, a powerful and effective film.


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