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A Christmas Story (1983)

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Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.

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Christmas is approaching and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range Shot 200 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 garykmcd

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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Božićna priča  »

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CAD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Bob Clark:  Swede, the dim-witted neighbor, who marvels at the Leg Lamp from outside. See more »

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When the children are taking their seats after they were handed the fake teeth, Schwartz appears to look at the camera and smile. He in fact looks just off screen-right, then at Ralphie, smiles, and looks off screen-left. See more »

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Narrator: Downtown Hohman was preparing for this yearly baccanalia of peace on Earth and goodwill to men.
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The 12 Days of A Christmas Story...
9 December 2004 | by (Whitesboro, NY) – See all my reviews

12 reasons that A Christmas Story is a modern Classic!

12: "Fa-Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra" 11: "Don't forget to drink your Ovaltine" 10: "Nadafinga!!" 9: Ralphie's pink bunny outfit 8: Scut Farkus' yellow eyes 7: "Fuuuuuuuudddggee" 6: "Randy...how do the little piggies eat?" 5: "Fra-Gi-Le...it must be Italian" 4: "Where's the glue?" "We're out of glue!" "You used up all the glue on purpose!!" 3: "I triple-dog dare ya!" 2: "Alright, I'll get that kid to eat. Where's my screw driver and my plumber's helper? I'll open up his mouth and I'll shove it in" ... and, of course, the #1 reason: "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"

A Christmas classic and tradition in every sense of the word!


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