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Rituals and Resolutions (1999)

Arno, Will and Mirabelle all have their own problems and seek advice from their friends in a bar at Christmas time. They don't know each other, but their lives have more in common than one might think.


Michael Stein (as Michael A. Stein)


Michael Stein (as Michael A. Stein)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Altman ... Larry
Bodhi Elfman ... Arno
Brian McCardie ... Will
April Grace ... Nadine
Jack Wallace ... Henry
J.J. Johnston ... George
Angela Featherstone ... Mirabell
Eric Larkin Eric Larkin ... Bartender
George Fiffick George Fiffick ... Young Henry
Leon Spence Leon Spence ... Young George
Sarah Cooper Sarah Cooper ... Jocelyne
Rod Weber ... Jocelyne's lover
Mike Fino Mike Fino ... Best man Bob
Nathan Shore Nathan Shore ... Priest
Brandie Malay Brandie Malay ... Bride


It's Christmas time and Arno, a guy with a huge gambling debt, seeks help from Larry in a bar. Larry is willing to pay, but Arno must earn it. He has to do just one little thing. At the same time, few tables further on, Will is consulting Henry and George, two grumpy old men. He has hallucinations about his fiancee cheating on him. Behind the bar Mirabell is crying. Her boyfriend has jilted her, after she found out he was cheating on her. Nadine is helping her out with advice. None of these troubled people know each other, but their lives have more in common than one might think Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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Short | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

2 June 1999 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arno: Why?
Larry: Because I'd rather have an injured eagle, then a healthy pigeon.
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Blue Christmas
Written by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson
Performed by Merle Haggard
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A fantastic short picture
20 June 2001 | by animalmother78See all my reviews

New coming writer-director Michael Stein (who played the original Dirk Diggler in P.T. Anderson's The Dirk Diggler Story) does a great job in Rituals and Resolutions. This is a great achievement that any fan of P.T. Anderson or Quentin Tarantino would love.

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