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Francis Ford Coppola Presents William S. Burroughs' The Junky's Christmas

3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Part claymation and part live action, The Junky’s Christmas, depicts a story by William S. Burroughs written in 1952. Danny the car wiper, a desperate character who has just been released from jail on the upper west side of Manhattan, searches for a fix on a cold Christmas day. His story ends in a revelation that even Danny could never have thought possible.

Includes the short films:
Traveling Light featuring the music of Van Morrison
Ironbound featuring the music of Joe Jackson


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: William S. Burroughs, Susan Ashline, Dayton Bard, Jon Blumb, Jennifer Brosseau
  • Directors: Jane Aaron, Melodie McDaniel, Mitchell Walker, Morleigh Steinberg, Nick Donkin
  • Writers: William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz, Mitchell Walker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HIVIQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Francis Ford Coppola Presents William S. Burroughs' The Junky's Christmas" on IMDb

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By S. Martin on October 31, 2007
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I have a ritual between Thanksgiving and Christmas, where I wait for a really cold evening or afternoon, when all is toasty inside, and put "The Junky's Christmas" on my DVD player. I've had a bootleg of it for years and I'm thrilled that it's finally available for the general public. I first caught it when it ran on VH1, for one night only, back on Christmas Eve of 1993. I remember not having any interest in it the first two times it aired that evening, but luckily, with nothing else on, I forced myself to get through an entire showing, and it stuck with me for the many years that followed. Every year I would check listings on Christmas Eve in hopes that it would resurface, to no avail.
What makes "The Junk's Christmas" so special is the details. Although the characters are claymation and the sets miniatures, it captures a wintry Christmas day in New York City more vividly than any live action film ever could. And Burrough's writing and narration is perfection.
To all the people involved in the creation of this special - THANK YOU! I know a lot of people share my sentiment, and I'm hopeful that in time it will find it's audience.
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this is my all time favorite holiday story.

it is on the list with 'it's a wonderful life', 'emmett otter's jugband christmas', and 'mr. mcgoo's a christmas carol'.

ok, ok, so i am a sap. i love that touchy feely stuff.

i like the raw edge to this one that is entirely missing from the others.

and that curmudgeonly voice, like a chainsaw being started, of burroughs is absolutely perfect...even though he reads without modulation or inflection, which normally is death to a read-aloud story...somehow perfectly reflects the emotional landscape of the junky life.

the ending makes me cry every time. (yeah? so what doesn't!!)

so glad this is now available on dvd.
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This Christmas story will be part of my annual holiday viewing along with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" from now on. It came out in 1993 and to much disappointment was forgotten until this DVD came out. Strange that Coppola is involved, but without him this would never have been made. Such are the vagaries of the film and beat literary worlds.
As others have said, this a short claymation film of a 1952 William Burroughs' short story. The film is in B/W and has an occasional rock drum beat to highlight dramatic scenes. Burroughs narration is great, and he's usually the best to orate his stories. That slow droning voice of his, as if it originated from the grave, and his tactical pauses that draw your attention to what he just said or is about to say. Good choice, adds cynical pathos to the story. Poor old Danny is trying to score a fix during dry times. What kind of hustle is he going to have to engage in to alleviate his sickness? Watch the DVD to find out about the immaculate fix.
The other short films are experimental, and I thought they were OK. Ironbound is about a former submariner with an obsession with his past. Traveling Light I enjoyed because of the Van Morrison soundtrack along with Moreleigh Steinberg's interpretive dancing - nice legs too. The DVD is clean, no problems with it.
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this was shown on VH-1 TV many years ago and was the oddest yet entrancing piece I'd ever seen, its done in black and white with marionettes and a strange monotone voiceover but you can't stop watching, even though the marionettes have only one expression all the way through, they seem so lifelike. Danny the addict car wiper spends Christmas day hustling to get money for a fix through various machinations, only to give it away to a young boy suffering the agonizing pain of passing a kidney stone in a seedy hotel. The true meaning of Christmas.
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The claymation adaptation of William S. Burroughs's sorry is very well done, and that it is narrated by the author is perfect, and not expected, as the author is known for doing readings of his work. The other sorts that are included in this DVD are only < OK.
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Dvd works. But packaging was kinda poorly put together the case was shattered into bits but that's okay because it was a reasonable price and I love William's works so I can look past that because I have bigger problems in life than to nit pick at a broken dvd case. The dvd itself was a nice short film with some very different and abstract. If your open minded you'll love this.
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This is of course for fans William S. Burroughs only, a claymation short starring a warm-hearted junkie. Familiar Burroughs lines will have viewers cracking up during this little heart-warming vignette from the seedier side.
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You love William Burroghs (or you wouldn't have searched this.) Or you love Francis Ford Coppola. In this Reeses Peanut Butter Cup sort of mix you get them both together and it works fantastically. I watch this DVD every christmas, drawing on a tradition in my family for reading this story. Yes, I have a bit of a messed up family. All the same this is one of Burrough's best stories wonderfully put together with claymation. The sad squished paranoid faces created in the clay fit wonderfully with the feel of the story. Every Burroughs fan should get a copy of this to watch with the family once a year, and to be able to understand the real meaning of christmas; the immaculate fix.
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