Christmas Story

Directed By: Bob Clark Starring: Peter Billingsley

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You'll shoot your eye out kid

by Chuck on 12/17/2006

It's simply a classic movie! It's not exactly the best holiday movie but with it being a great story I recommend families sit around and watch it this holiday season. Read More

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Product Overview

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

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Studio Warner
SKU 40227755
UPC 012569576421
UPC 14 00012569576421
Format DVD
Release Date 10/5/2004
Rating Rating
Keywords
Christmas
Classic Fight Scenes
Family Interaction
Holiday
Nostalgic
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Toys
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.
Reviews
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
Directors
Bob Clark
Actors
Peter Billingsley
Cast & Crew
Darren McGavin - Actor
Ian Petrella - Actor
Melinda Dillon - Actor
Peter Billingsley - Actor
Jean Shepherd - Based on Novel By
Bob Clark - Director
Rene Dupont - Producer
Bob Clark - Producer
Jean Shepherd - Screenplay
Leigh Brown - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 65764
UPC 00012569576421
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 93 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource Motion Picture Guide
Review Somehow usually tasteless director Bob Clark (Porky's)... managed to make a totally charming and lovable Christmas film... A Christmas Story is an episodic comedy set in 1940s about the family life of young Billingsley... The cast is wonderful -- especially McGavin -- the laughs nonstop and the whole thing deserves to become a Christmastime classic. A must see.
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Review Unlikely but winning comedy of a boy's single-minded obsession to acquire a Red Ryder BB-gun for Christmas. Particularly great sequence involving an impatient department-store Santa. Fun for everyone.
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ReviewRating 9
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.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Anniversary Edition, No Longer Produced
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Chicago Daily Herald Here is a movie to treasure, to throw your arms around and hug.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Fun for everyone.
Motion Picture Guide The cast is wonderful... the laughs nonstop and the whole thing deserves to become a Christmastime classic. A must see.
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 ...an 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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