It is now summer in the Parker family and the usual number of events is happening in their separate lives. Ralphie is searching for the perfect top to use to beat the school bully, the Old ... See full summary »
It's summertime in Hohman, Indiana, and 14-year-old Ralph Parker can't wait to get his first job. His friends Schwartz and Flick are less enthusiastic, and the job turns into a nightmare ... See full summary »
Christmas is approaching and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother's immediate reaction is that he'll put his eye out. He then decides on a perfect theme for his teacher but her reaction is like his. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of present under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun? Written by
The film's setting is a town in Indiana, but was actually filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. The street the "Parkers" live in is called "Cleveland Street". See more »
When the dad first pulls the lamp out of the box, there's no electrical cord attached to it, yet he plugs it into the wall seconds later. See more »
So what else happened today?
Oh, nothing much. Ralphie had a fight?
A fight? What kind of a fight?
[Looks at Ralphie]
Oh, you know how boys are. I gave him a talking to...
[Looks at the news paper]
Uh I see that the Bears are playing Green Bay on Sunday.
What? Oh yeah! Zudock's got tickets I wish I had. Aw well, let him freeze his keister off out there.
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"Ming the Merciless" and "Flash Gordon" are listed as characters despite being cut from the general release. See more »
Nostalgic tale of a Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) growing up in the 1940s (I believe). He wants nothing more than a Red Ryder Ranger Model Air Rifle (a BB gun for short) for Christmas but everyone tells him it will "shoot your eye out".
That's about it for plot but the film has sequences that every child (and adult) can relate to. My favorites: Ralphie's best friend getting his tongue stuck to a pole when he's dared to lick it; Ralphie accidentally swearing in front of his father; the bully that threatens Ralphie and his friends every day until Ralphie beats him up (in a GREAT scene); Ralphie's constant fights with his little brother (wonderfully played by Ian Petrella) and Billingsley and his brother being terrified by a department store Santa.
Also Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin are just great as the parents-- especially Dillon. She has one uproarious scene where she gets Petrella to eat by imitating a pig! This was totally ignored when it came out in 1983 but has slowly developed a cult following. It's now considered one of the best Christmas movies ever made--right up there with "It's a Wonderful Life" (which was also ignored at its release).
A charming, wonderful Christmas film. A 10 all the way!
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