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 movie was set in Hammond, Indiana. References were made throughout the film to support this claim. Examples: Harding School (on 165th St.), where Flick stuck his tongue to the flagpole; Goldblatt's department store; the mention of Griffith (a city that borders Hammond); Cleveland St., Hohman Ave. and other streets that are located in Hammond. Although the movie was not filmed in Hammond, the houses and look of the film is very authentic--writer . Jean Shepherd grew up in Hammond. See more »
The Old Man mistakenly refers to the Chicago Bears as "Terror of the Midway." The correct term has always been "Monsters of the Midway." See more »
Ralphie as Adult:
Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man.
That son of a bitch would freeze up in the middle of summer on the equator!
Thanks... hold it!
[the furnace conks out]
It's a clinker! That blasted stupid furnace dadgummit!
[he walks down a few stairs and falls the rest of the way down]
Oh, for cripes sake, open up the damper will ya? Who the hell turned it all the way down? AGAIN! Oh, blast it!
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"Ming the Merciless" and "Flash Gordon" are listed as characters despite being cut from the general release. See more »
Peter Billingsly in a custom made role as Ralphy, the 9-year old who wants a toy rifle for Christmas in 1940 Cleveland. Everyone from his mom to his teacher, to even Santa Claus himself tell him that "he'll shoot his eye out" and should not have such a dangerous toy. Many wonderful scenes of "boys will be boys" trouble, including the unforgettable "tongue frozen to the flag pole" make this movie a delight to watch again and again.
As an added bonus there is much authentic Cleveland nostalgia, including the old wooden escalators at Higgbees and the main Square in front of Tower City. Add this to your Christmas Classics and place it right next to "Miracle on 34th Street" and "It's A Wonderful Life"!
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