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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:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classic Christmas film that doesn't age See more (431 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Melinda Dillon ... Mother Parker

Darren McGavin ... The Old Man Parker

Scott Schwartz ... Flick
Jean Shepherd ... Ralphie as an Adult (voice)
Ian Petrella ... Randy

Tedde Moore ... Miss Shields

R.D. Robb ... Schwartz

Zack Ward ... Scut Farkus
Yano Anaya ... Grover Dill
Jeff Gillen ... Santa Claus

Peter Billingsley ... Ralphie
Colin Fox ... Ming the Merciless (scenes deleted)

Paul Hubbard ... Flash Gordon (scenes deleted)
Leslie Carlson ... Christmas Tree Man (as Les Carlson)
Jim Hunter ... Freight Man
Patty Johnson ... Head Elf
Drew Hocevar ... Male Elf
David Svoboda ... Kid with Goggles
Dwayne McLean ... Black Bart
Helen E. Kaider ... Wicked Witch
John Wong ... Chinese Father
Johan Sebastian Wong ... Waiter #1
Fred Lee ... Waiter #2
Dan Ma ... Waiter #3
Rocco Bellusci ... Street Kid
Tommy Wallace ... Boy in School
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bob Clark ... Swede (uncredited)
Giada Dobrzenska ... Little Girl at Parade (uncredited)

Gary Jones ... Christmas Shopper (uncredited)
John Kennedy ... Fire Chief at Schoolyard (uncredited)
Bill Kravitz ... Billy (uncredited)
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ... Boy Visiting Santa (uncredited)

Julie Matthews ... Caroler (uncredited)
Christine Powrie ... Screaming Girl on Slide After Ralphie (uncredited)

Kristephan Warren-Stevens ... Crowd Person (uncredited)
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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 (original score)
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
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)
 
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
 
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
Michael MacDonald .... location manager
Blanche McDermaid .... script supervisor
Cindy Morton .... location manager
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:
1.37 : 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 | India:U | Norway:7 (original rating) | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | 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: During Ralphy's fight with Scut, in the wide shot bright red blood is clearly visible on Scut's nose, but in the close up there is no blood visible on his nose/face.See more »
Quotes:
Ralphie as Adult:[narrating] Only one thing in the world could've dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in A Hollywood Christmas (1996) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Guess I'll Have to Dream the RestSee more »

FAQ

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64 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
Classic Christmas film that doesn't age, 13 December 2004
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants a Red Rider BB Gun for Christmas but his mother is totally against it - the "you'll shoot your eye out" discussion being a major opposition.

This is essentially a story about childhood and is very spot-on in regards to the yearning of children and the whole Christmas era - I've been watching it since I was a child and every Christmas when it comes on TV I watch it again. It's funny, poignant and totally memorable - it has some of the best scenes of all-time and although I know a few people who dislike it because it's a bit "weird" and "dark," most people I know love it.

Worth watching every Christmas, forever!

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