1hr 44mins

Ben Affleck’s ex-con get embroiled in the Christmas heist from hell in this gloriously silly, fun crime thriller, which was also the last film by the great John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Ronin).

This film screens as part of our Christmas All-Nighter Stocking Thrillers.

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Christmas All-Nighter 2023
John Frankenheimer

Convicted felon Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) is on the verge of release from prison. Desperate to make a fresh start, he senses an opportunity when his cellmate Nick dies in a riot, and assumes Nick’s identity so that he can meet his pen pal sweetheart, Ashley (Charlize Theron). Little does he know that Ashley has been ensnaring Nick in a honeytrap in order to break into the casino where Nick used to work. Embroiled in a criminal gang led by Gabriel (Gary Sinise) and not daring to reveal his true identity, Rudy is going to have to bluff his way through a successful heist in the winter snow, with a group of villains dressed as Santa Claus.

The final film from legendary director John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) was a flop on initial release, but has since gained a deserved cult following as a frequently ridiculous, confusing, and very, very fun Christmas thriller. Featuring memorable turns from supporting players including Danny Trejo, Dennis Farina, Isaac Hayes, Reindeer Games is a film of explosive violence, absurd twists, Santa suits, water pistols full of whisky, and good old fashioned Christmas cheer. Join us for this very silly Christmas gift, making a rare outing on a glorious 35mm print.


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