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Peace. Harmony. Comfort and Joy...Maybe Next Year.
|The Christmas spirit isn't served up with more observant hilarity than in this beloved adaptation of Jean Shepherd's holiday story. In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when gruff dad (Darren McGavin) and doting mom (Melinda Dillion) regularly respond with "You'll shoot your eye out!" Ralphie mounts a full-scale Santa-begging campaign. He encounters a slew of calamities from snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole gambit. We triple-dog-dare you to unwrap a more welcome Yuletide classic!|
It's Christmas time and there's only one thing on Ralphie Parker's Christmas list this year: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot, Range Model Air Rifle, but many obstacles stand in the way of his dream because every adult that he confronts keeps telling him he'll shoot his eye out. Meanwhile The Old Man just got a major award (a lamp shaped like a woman's leg), and Mom is making sure The Old Man doesn't come near her turkey, Ralphie's friend gets his tongue stuck to a flag pole, and Ralphie utters the f-word infront of his father. Christmas is drawing nearer and Ralphie visits Santa at the department store in hopes of asking him for his dream gift. Will he receive it? Let's hope so.
Feature film (Widescreen)
Commentary with Peter Billingsley and Director/ Co-Writer Bob Clark
"A classic. Christopher Smith, Chicago Tribune
"Charming. Consistently funny. Full of delightful, recognizable episodes. Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic
"...an instant classic, a film that will give pleasure to people not only this Christmas, but for many Christmases to come. Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Shepherd narrates in the first person and Billingsley portrays him (delightfully) as a boy. Truly funny for kids and grownups alike... Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"The cast is wonderful...the laughs are nonstop...and the whole thing deserves to become a Christmastime classic. TV Guide
"Fun for everyone. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Editor's NoteThis vignette-laden, nostalgic view of Christmastime in 1940s Indiana follows nine-year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas--and is waging an all-out campaign to convince his reluctant parents that the toy will be safe in his hands. By turns warped and winsome, the comedy follows Ralphie as he prepares for the big day with his rather idiosyncratic family. Based on the novel by humorist Jean Shepherd (who also narrates the film), A CHRISTMAS STORY gained popularity long after its theatrical run, through frequent holiday broadcasts that turned its schoolyard "triple-dog" dares, family neuroses, and childhood indignities into a Yuletide tradition.
Cast & Crew
|Jean Shepherd - Screenwriter|
|Rene Dupont - Producer|
|Jean Shepard - Narrator|
|Paul J. Zaza - Composer|
|Jean Shepherd - Story|
|Stan Cole - Editor|
|Mary E. McLeod - Costume Designer|
|Reginald Morris - Director of Photography|
|Reuben Freed - Production Designer|
|Leigh Brown - Screenwriter|
|Carl Zittrer - Composer|
|Bob Clark - Producer|
|Bob Clark - Screenwriter|
|Bob Clark - Director|