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Movies that span a single day.

Let's make a list.

Rules
1) The main events of the movie fill up all or most of a single day and/or night.
2) Movies with prologues and epilogues that occur on a separate day are allowed.
3) Flashbacks and flashforwards are allowed, so long as the majority of the story takes place during one day/night.

The only ones I can think of are:
Mallrats
Clerks
Dazed and Confused
One Fine Day
Detroit Rock City
200 Cigarettes

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KIDS

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American Graffiti

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The following are all wrong. Note most of these movies would lend themselves to being high while watching which is no wonder people forget huge parts, weed is a lot stronger nowadays.

Reservoir Dogs- The planning of the heist, when they picked up Mr Orange, joking in car about superglue, the commode story all happen before the day of actual robbery.

25th Hour- The beginning when Monty Brogan found his dog Doyle all beat up. Monty getting busted, the interrogation. Him meeting Naturelle.

Airheads: Playing while in prison.

Pulp Fiction: The boxing match happens after the briefcase is recovered which means the movie is on multiple days. Vince seeing Mia at the match where she thanks him for dinner.

Superbad: They wake up the next day after the party and go to the mall where they see that Seth smacked Jules for not letting him get to third base or was that part in the directors cut. I mean he got her friends booze, give him a handy at least.

Pineapple Express: Sal and Dale spent the first night in the woods sleeping in the car.

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Did you mean a single day or less, or mean that the events fill up most or all of a single day? By day, did you mean any 24 hour period or just between wakeup and bedtime on the same day? I'm not trying to be a jerk or picky, I'm just trying to clarify your intention since all the examples that immediately popped into my head are extremes of some kind.

If you allow movies that span much less than one day, then you can include the "real-time" movies:
Rope
High Noon
Nick of Time
Phone Booth
11:14 (action not linear, but no time-tripping involved)

If you allow any 24 hour period as a day:
Bad Day at Black Rock - covers one 24 hour period
Groundhog Day - covers one 24 hour period, if you ignore the fact that it is relived over and over

If you really want to stretch the definitions:
Run Lola Run - a 20 min time period relived 3 times differently, but the "talking in bed" scenes between Lola and Manni between these three time periods are not given a time reference (at least that I can remember), and of course, there's all the flashforwards using the snapshots

OK, I've opened a can of worms here. You probably want to disqualify all the films where time is not linear. Do flashback and flashforward scenes outside the day disqualify the film? Also, there's probably quite a few films where almost all of the film takes place in a single day, but there's a prologue and/or epilogue scene that takes place outside that time period. Disqualified or not? And what makes this one tough is that those prologue and epilogue are often forgotten.

Anyway Great Question!!! I'll be thinking about it for days. Sorry if I've made this more complicated than you wanted, it wasn't my intention.


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Haha, you've really made me think about what I meant. I think the best definition would be movies wherein the main events fill up most or all of a single day and/or night. So that would include movies that cover a single 24-hour period like Groundhog Day, but not real time movies like 11:14 or Phone Booth that take place in a much less than a day.

Flashbacks and flashforwards are allowed, so long as the majority of the story takes place during one day/night. Movies with prologues and epilogues that occur on a separate day are allowedas someone just pointed out to me, even Empire Records falls into that category.

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The Daytrippers - also perfectly named to fit your question


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You just can't hold him very long

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And I now remember that the movie "The Daytrippers", which I thought was a perfect example of what you probably wanted, actually has a short prologue scene that occurs the evening before. Like "Empire Records", it proves my point that it is very easy to forgot those scenes.

But you say that's OK, so keep it on the list.


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You just can't hold him very long

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One more clarification. What about movies that span one night? Included or a different list?

The Ice Harvest
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Red Eye
Assault on Precinct 13 (both versions)
Night of the Living Dead (multiple versions, most zombie movies, and many other horror movies)


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You just can't hold him very long

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Reservoir Dogs
From Dusk till Dawn
Demon Knight
Slacker
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset (i think)
Versus
Training Day
Can't Hardly Wait
Timecode

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Slacker made me think of Suburbia (which is the name of two totally unrelated movies out there), which also takes place during the course of a single day, I believe. Didn't Linklater do both movies? I see a pattern here, he must like doing those kinds of movies.

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Yes, that's right. Linklater also did Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Tape. He definitely has a talent for those types of movies doesn't he!

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empire records starts the night before, so it doesn't only take place in one day

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You're right, I completely forgot about that! But I think any movie where such a large majority of the story takes place in a single day or night should be included.

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Halloween
Halloween II
Halloween H20
Clerks II
Friday
Next Friday
Friday After Next

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the movie london every other movie i could think of has already been listed

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lol. damn..i was gonna say Friday.

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Detroit Rock City also starts the night before.

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I have to argue that Empire Records DOES take place in a single day. The very beginning has Lucas closing the store. What time does the store close? Midnight.

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Actually it starts at closing the night before (idnight) and continues till closing on the day of most of the action (midnight), thus spanning the 24 hours specified in the question.

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Not true! It starts at midnight, remember?

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Well, Empire Records closes at Midnight, so it technically is the next day

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If you're counting one day, it definitely takes place within one 24-hour period. So it definitely fits the criteria.

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the only one i can think of that wasnt named yet is waiting. i love that movie!!

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Hello.how could you guys forget THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!

That's the BEST one day movie, ever.

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Last Train to Freo
one fine day

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"Waiting" takes place in the same way of "Empire Records" - from the night before thru to the following evening. that count??

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Wet Hot American Summer - one of my favourite movies of all time.

Also glad to see Last Train To Freo on the list, awesome Australian Movie.

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Amen, LadyDi.

I recently watched Take Me Home Tonight, and that takes place over one night.


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I was waiting for someone to say the breakfast club!

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Hey guys, you're missing:
GO and ELEPHANT. Two AMAZING movies!!

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"Tape" is one of the best one night movies - not to mention one location

that's harder to find, a film that only has one location.

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sixteen candles!!!
and i want to reiterate "can't hardly wait"
and of course "waiting"
and especailly EMPIRE RECORDS- aka the best effing movie in existence. god it's so good. sooo good.

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Sixteen Candles is two days: the day of her birthday when she goes to school and the dance, and then the day after when it's her sister's wedding.

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Has anyone mentioned Collateral?

I love that movie even though it has Tom Cruise in it.



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the majority of the movie takes place on her birthday though. it does have part of the following day in it, but that is only a fraction of the movie.

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ferris bueller's day off?

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I was thinking of "Tape" also. There's actually a thread going on there about movies that have one setting.
http://www.imdb.com/board/10275719/board/thread/46675228?p=1

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not to be picky but elephant wasn't just one day

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And there is also Cleo de 5 a 7 (Cleo from 5 to 7) which takes place in real time.

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if i recall correctly, there's also

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Clue
Four Rooms
From Dusk Till Dawn

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dog day afternoon. I think

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Do the Right Thing
25th Hour
Die Hard With a Vengeance (more so than the othersspans a whole day instead of one night)

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Napoleon Bonaparte

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wow i can't belive no one mentioned Ferris Buelers Day Off

but what i noticed from this list is that movies that take place in a single day are ussually very good LOL
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