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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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Ming the Merciless (scenes deleted)
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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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christmas | bb gun | school | 1940s | tongue | See more »

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Sometimes Christmas is about getting what you really want. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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CAD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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When the kids are gazing into the store window Christmas display, the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls are Knickerbocker Toy Company dolls from the 1970s. See more »

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Santa Claus: If Higbee thinks I'm working one minute past 9:00, he can kiss my foot. Ho ho ho.
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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
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Performed by Bing Crosby
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Just wonderful
23 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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