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 »
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 department store featured in the Santa scene is really Higbee's in downtown Cleveland. There is no Higbee's in Hammond. See more »
As Ralphie dreams of his new BB gun, a few bars of the theme from High Noon are heard. Although Ralphie could not have heard this song in his childhood, it could be his adult self projecting the song backward, or simply an in-joke for the viewers which Ralphie isn't really hearing. See more »
And this is for daddy...
[Picks up a gift-wrapped bowling ball and drops it in The Old Man's Lap]
Here, from me to you.
The Old Man:
Thanks a lot!
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"Ming the Merciless" and "Flash Gordon" are listed as characters despite being cut from the general release. See more »
How difficult is it to perfectly capture nostalgia? It must be pretty darn difficult or else everyone would make movies like this. It may not be absolute perfection but Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark and the outstanding cast came as close as anyone here.
Creating a story centered around nostalgia is a tricky thing as the memories that creates it are unique to each of us. The themes, however, are similar and that's where the success lies.
I didn't want a Red Ryder BB gun when I was that age but my Christmas wish was just as fervent and I schemed just as hard as Ralphie. The bully at my school didn't have yellow eyes but he was pretty much like Scut Farkus. And so on, from the fantastically flawed parents to the pop-heroes, A Christmas Story captures it all.
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