Christmas Story (Fullscreen) (1984)
|All that stands between nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and happiness is a Genuine Red Ryder Carbine Action Two Hundred Shot Lightning Loader Range Model Air Rifle. Unfortunately, standing between Ralphie and the gift of his dreams are two highly emotional parents (Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon) who keep screaming, "No! You'll only shoot your eye out!" Based on humorist Jean Shepherd's best selling novel In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, A Christmas Story is a whimsical and slightly-twisted tribute to the traditional, all-American Christmas. Set in Indiana during the 1940s, the film follows the adventures of Ralphie (Peter Billingsley of Real People) as he pursues that elusive rifle. Tripping him up at every step are his gruffly lovable "Old Man" and madcap Mom. Director Bob Clark's (Porky's) uplifting tale of determination triumphing over unconquerable odds won the hearts of critics everywhere. "An instant classic." (The Boston Globe) "The funniest new movie of the season." (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)|
"The cast is wonderful... the laughs nonstop and the whole thing deserves to become a Christmastime classic. A must see. Motion Picture Guide
"Here is a movie to treasure, to throw your arms around and hug. Chicago Daily Herald
"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
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 - Based on Novel By|
|Bob Clark - Director|
|Bob Clark - Producer|
|Rene Dupont - Producer|
|Jean Shepherd - Screenplay|
|Leigh Brown - Screenplay|
Customer Reviews of Christmas Story (Fullscreen)
Forget the acting, plot, etc. This is a must have classic Christmas movie. I bought it as an in office Christmas gift for a fellow employee who had never seen it. Imagine that!
Great Movie - Lousy Transfer!12/12/2001
Well, the movie is great. Really funny and entertaining. Something for everyone...blah, blah blah. However, the actual quality of the video is fairly poor. It looked to me like they just made a reel to reel copy and called it a DVD. Note: I have a new TV with component video inputs so its not like I'm viewing this on an old TV through my PS2 or something.
Not Wide Screen12/12/2001
One of my all time favorites but, I am sticking with my Laser Disk version until they do this in wide screen. I do not buy pan & scan. That is why I rated the cinematography low becuase you lose so much movie action with edit for TV versions.
This movie is on of the all time greatest christmas movies. I can't go one christmas season without watching it. You just have to get this, and buy.com is just the place.
I can watch it a million times a day12/17/1999
It's funnier every single time!!