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A Christmas Story (1983)

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

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Jean Shepherd ...
Ian Petrella ...
Tedde Moore ...
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Yano Anaya ...
Jeff Gillen ...
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Ming the Merciless (scenes deleted)
Paul Hubbard ...
Flash Gordon (scenes deleted)
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Christmas Tree Man (as Les Carlson)
Jim Hunter ...
Freight Man
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Božićna priča  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,072,473, 20 November 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,294,144
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An elaborate fantasy sequence - in which Ralphie joins Flash Gordon to fight Ming the Merciless - was filmed but dropped from the final cut. See more »

Goofs

After the Little Orphan Annie program, the radio announcer instructs listeners to set their decoder pins to B-2, and then begins the coded message with the number 12. Since the first letter in the decoded message is B, the first number should have been 2, not 12. See more »

Quotes

Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. My personal preference was for Lux, but I found Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor - heady, but with just a touch of mellow smoothness. Life Buoy, on the other hand...
Ralphie: YECCHH!
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Crazy Credits

"Ming the Merciless" and "Flash Gordon" are listed as characters despite being cut from the general release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Battleship (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

A Ceremony of Carols
(uncredited)
Written by Benjamin Britten
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The funniest, most touching family Christmas film of ALL time!
15 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

I lived the life of Ralphie! Even though I'm a girl and was born in the late seventies, my Christmases were much the same as Ralphie's.

From playing Santa on Christmas morning to sipping my Dad's Christmas cocktail to visiting Santa at the department store, I lived the very same Christmas memories. This movie brings out the true essence of Christmas happiness. Everyone, young and old, can relive the magic of being a child.

Ralphie's vibrant imagination and inventiveness in his ploys to seduce his parents into buying him the ultimate gift are "pinch-his-chubby-cheeks" adorable. And Randy...need I say anything?? He is the perfect picture of the baby brother!

This movie is universal in its appeal to audiences of all ages, race, and nationalities. My husband, who grew up in Lebanon and who's first language is Arabic, even knew the famous "oh fudge" line when I first played this movie for him here in the States.

I get giddy every time I sit down to watch this movie. Curling up with a warm cup of cider in front of the fireplace, wrapping Christmas presents, making Christmas cookies, or writing a letter to Santa Claus...those are all perfect times to watch this classic family film. This has been and always will be my all-time favorite Christmas film.


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