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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 »
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User Reviews:
Just wonderful See more (465 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)
 
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 (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
While reading the newspaper at the kitchen table, the "Old Man" angrily mentions that the "Sox traded Bullfrog". This is a reference to longtime Chicago White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich, whose nickname was Bullfrog. He pitched during the 1930s and 1940s. Dietrich was never traded from the Sox, he was released September 18, 1946. He then played with the Philadelphia Athletics.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When the fuse blows while the Parkers are decorating the Christmas tree, the room goes completely dark despite the roaring fire in the fireplace behind Ralphie and Randy.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Parker:You mundane noodle!See more »
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FAQ

Was the Red Ryder BB gun a real gun?
Is this movie based on a book?
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82 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
Just wonderful, 23 December 2004
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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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