Christmas Story

Directed By: Bob Clark Starring: Peter Billingsley

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Christmas Story

by Gwen on 12/3/2010

Since I discontinuted cable and will not be able to watch TBS's showing of Christmas Story for 24 hours on Christmas Day, I had to purchase the DVD to make my holiday complete! I cook a turkey, enjoy watching my dogs tear open their gifts, and laugh at the same scenes over and over. That is my family tradition.

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New Family Classic--"Christmas Story"

by Suzy Q on 1/5/2011

I read the book by Jean Shepherd "In God We Trust--All Others Pay Cash" for my book group (I also live in Indiana where the book takes place). My son-in-law told me that his family watches this movie every Christmas & it is based on this book! I had never heard of it before--maybe because I am a Calif. native & it is an older book & movie. But the book is wonderful--a sort of combo of David Sedaris, Garrison Keillor & James Thurber & the movie does not disappoint w/its rendition of life for a young boy in Holden, Indiana. Laugh out loud moments, youthful insights & universal emotions American children from middle-class families who celebrate Christmas & dream the "impossible dream" of that gift that seems unattainable yet so necessary for our happiness & even for our existence are portrayed. What was it for you? Chatty Cathy? Those dolls that drink & wet? The BB gun? G.I Joe? A submarine? Lincoln logs? A Duncan yo-yo or hula hoop? Frisbee? Cabbage Patch doll? Ninja something? The ultimate dream--A PONY?? Video games & electronics hadn't been invented when I was young, luckily! The game "Pong" hit the bars when I was in college!!

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Product Overview

Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and santa that red ryder bb gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940'S.


Studio Warner
SKU 205808536
UPC 012569796287
UPC 14 00012569796287
Format DVD
Release Date 9/17/2013
Rating Rating
Classic Fight Scenes
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This 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.
Variety "...A version of Christmas as it exists only in the imagination....Shepherd has always been best at evoking the texture of life as it used to be in his midwest childhood..." 11/16/1983
Chicago Sun-Times "...There are many small but perfect moment in A CHRISTMAS STORY....There is a real knowledge of human nature beneath the comedy..." 12/24/2000 p.3
Entertainment Weekly "...Think of it as IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE for post-Reagan generations as it morphs from cult to classic 20 years down the road..." 10/10/2003 p.107
USA Today "...[A] modern-classic telling of Jean Shepard's '40s-based Midwest yarn..." 10/10/2003 p.6E
Bob Clark
Peter Billingsley
Cast & Crew
Bob Clark - Director
Bob Clark, et. al. - Screenplay
Bob Clark, et. al. - Producer
Carl Zittrer - Original Music By
Darren McGavin - Actor
Gavin Mitchell - Art Director
Ian Petrella - Actor
Jean Shepherd - Based On Novel By
Melinda Dillon - Actor
Paul Zaza - Original Music By
Peter Billingsley - Actor
Reginald H. Morris - Cinematographer
Stan Cole - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 79628
UPC 00012569796287
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Review The year it premiered, A Christmas Story didn't play in theaters over Christmas. It opened around Thanksgiving and was pulled shortly before the big holiday because it lost money. Since then, the film has paid big dividends as one of the season's most beloved-but-irreverent classics...It's a Wonderful Life is king of the wholesome, feel-good Christmas flicks, the original Miracle on 34th Street has a lock on the top whimsical, heartwarming spot, A Charlie Brown Christmas edges out the other cartoons, and Holiday Inn splits the musical honors with White Christmas. But in the crowded Christmas-comedy field, A Christmas Story was tops in a recent poll citing it as one of the best family-friendly holiday laughfests.
Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review One of the details that "A Christmas Story" gets right is the threat of having your mouth washed out with Lifebouy soap. Not any soap. Lifebouy. Never Ivory or Palmolive. Lifebouy, which apparently contained an ingredient able to nullify bad language. The only other soap ever mentioned for this task was Lava, but that was the nuclear weapon of mouth-washing soaps, so powerful it was used for words we still didn't even know...There are many small but perfect moments in "A Christmas Story," and one of the best comes after the Lifebouy is finally removed from Ralphie's mouth and he is sent off to bed. His mother studies the bar, thinks for a moment, and then sticks it in her own mouth, just to see what it tastes like. Moments like that are why some people watch "A Christmas Story" every holiday season. There is a real knowledge of human nature beneath the comedy...In a poignant way, "A Christmas Story" records a world that no longer quite exists in America. Kids are no longer left unattended in the line for Santa. The innocence of kids' radio programs has been replaced by slick, ironic children's programming on TV. The new Daisy BB guns have a muzzle velocity higher than that of some police revolvers, and are not to be sold to anyone under 16. Nobody knows who Red Ryder was, let alone that his sidekick was Little Beaver.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review A Christmas Story has something no other holiday film - new or old, comedic or serious - can boast: perfect nostalgia. That quality fuels this modern-day classic and has made it one of the season's most beloved motion pictures. One of the Turner cable stations annually runs the movie non-stop for 24 hours and that's the mark of something with which people feel comfortable. A Christmas Story takes place in the early 1940s, but so much material in the film is universal that, irrespective of your birth date or religious affiliation, you're likely to find more than one familiar thing contained herein...Director Bob Clark, whose resume is nothing if not diverse (Black Christmas, Porky's, Rhinestone, Baby Geniuses) is the right choice for the material. He understands Shepherd's script and achieves the tone necessary to make this an enduring movie rather than a holiday throw-away. When it was released, MGM saw this as a minor blip on their release schedule - a Thanksgiving morsel designated for a two-week run. They were surprised by the movie's theatrical staying power in 1983 and even more surprised by its long-term appeal. If you're a fan of Christmas movies or films that use nostalgia as a driver, A Christmas Story cannot be missed. Then again, if you're in either category, you have probably already seen it.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Billingsly,Peter
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Chicago Daily Herald Here is a movie to treasure, to throw your arms around and hug.
Motion Picture Guide The cast is wonderful...the laughs nonstop and the whole thing deserves to become a Christmastime classic. A must see.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Fun for everyone.
Christopher Smith, Chicago Tribune A classic.
Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic Charming. Consistently funny. Full of delightful, recognizable episodes.
Jay Carr, Boston Globe instant classic, a film that will give pleasure to people not only this Christmas, but for many Christmases to come.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Shepherd narrates in the first person and Billingsley portrays him (delightfully) as a boy. Truly funny for kids and grownups alike...
TV Guide The cast is wonderful...the laughs are nonstop...and the whole thing deserves to become a Christmastime classic.

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