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Director:
Writers:
Jean Shepherd (based on the novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by)
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Release Date:
18 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Sometimes Christmas is about getting what you really want. See more »
Plot:
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The funniest, most touching family Christmas film of ALL time! See more (468 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Bob Clark 
 
Writing credits
Jean Shepherd (based on the novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by)

Jean Shepherd (screenplay) &
Leigh Brown (screenplay) &
Bob Clark (screenplay)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer
René Dupont .... producer
Gary Goch .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Zaza 
Carl Zittrer (original score)
 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Morris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stan Cole (film editor)
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Marci Liroff 
 
Production Design by
Reuben Freed 
 
Art Direction by
Gavin Mitchell 
 
Set Decoration by
Mark S. Freeborn  (as Mark Freeborn)
 
Costume Design by
Mary E. McLeod 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Brooke .... makeup artist
James D. Brown .... hair stylist (as James Brown)
 
Production Management
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... post production supervisor (as Ken Heeley-Ray)
Marilyn Stonehouse .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Brough .... second assistant director
Ken Goch .... first assistant director
Alan Goluboff .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
J. Tracy Budd .... property master
Ken Clark .... prop man (as Ken Clarke)
Carmi Gallo .... assistant art director
Bill Harman .... construction supervisor (as Bill Harmon)
John Fraser .... scene artist (uncredited)
Peter Hackman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound recordist
Alan Bernard .... sound mixer
Gudrun Christian .... assistant sound editor
Steven Cole .... sound effects editor
David Evans .... sound effects editor
Wayne Griffin .... dialogue editor
Joe Grimaldi .... sound recordist
Tom Hanrath .... assistant sound editor
Ann Heeley-Ray .... assistant sound editor
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound supervisor (as Ken Heeley-Ray)
Malcolm Rennings .... sound boom man
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Glen Gauthier .... utility sound (uncredited)
Don White .... adr recording mixer (uncredited)
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Martin Malivoire .... special effects
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Gillham .... key grip
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Gordon Langevin .... camera assistant
Harald Ortenburger .... camera operator
Shin Sugino .... still photographer
Jay Kohne .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ken McCahan .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
P.K. Fields .... casting assistant: New York/Chicago
Karen Hazzard .... casting: Toronto
Joanne Pasciuto .... casting: New York/Chicago
Marcia Shulman .... casting: New York/Chicago
Julie Matthews .... extras casting: Cleveland (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Kemp .... wardrobe supervisor (as Lynda Kemp)
 
Editorial Department
Richard Cadger .... assistant editor (as Rick Cadger)
Neil Grieve .... assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
 
Location Management
Michael MacDonald .... location manager
Cindy Morton .... location manager
 
Music Department
Frank Morrone .... music engineer
Alexander Musicchuk .... choirmaster: Ohio Boychoir
Deborah Scheufler .... bandleader: Revere High School Band
Jim Sentz .... bandleader: Parma High School Band
 
Transportation Department
Gregory A. Valore .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Craig .... production co-ordinator: Cleveland
Anita Hunt .... supervisor: North East Ohio Salvation Army Band
Joanne Jackson .... production accountant
Janice Kaye .... unit publicist
Suzanne Lore .... production office coordinator
Blanche McDermaid .... script supervisor
Denise Mulvey .... producers' secretary
Charles Northcote .... coach: children's
Phyllis Payden .... supervisor: The Holy Trinity Baptist Church Ensemble
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Dale Young .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:S | Germany:6 | India:U | Ireland:PG (DVD rating) | Norway:7 (original rating) | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (2016) | Sweden:7 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:PG (certificate #27113)

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Trivia:
Since Jean Shepherd is listed in the opening set of credits, but is not in the more comprehensive end credits, the opening credits are used first in the IMDb cast list, followed by those in the end credits not yet in, as required by IMDb policy on cast ordering. In addition to being credited as "Ralphie as an Adult," Shepherd also is uncredited as the Narrator/The Man in Line for Santa/Santa.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the leg lamp is in the window, Mrs. Parker turns around and rubs Ralphie's arms twice with her hands while reminding him about the Little Orphan Annie radio broadcast.See more »
Quotes:
Ralphie as Adult:Immediately, my feet began to sweat as those two fluffy little bunnies with a blue button eye stared sappily up at me.
Mother:Come down so I can see you better.
Ralphie as Adult:I just hope Flick would never spot them as a word of this humiliation could make easier in life at Warren G. Harding School a variatable Hell.
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Soundtrack:
Go Tell It on the MountainSee more »

FAQ

How would you go about detaching a tongue stuck to a cold flagpole?
How did they make Flick's tongue stick to the flagpole?
Is this movie based on a book?
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97 out of 130 people found the following review useful.
The funniest, most touching family Christmas film of ALL time!, 15 March 1999
Author: Kimta from Chicago suburbs

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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