IMDb > A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

A Christmas Story (1983) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 34 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
A Christmas Story -- In this holiday classic, Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the '40's, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift.
A Christmas Story -- US Home Video Trailer from MGM/UA


User Rating:
8.1/10   105,420 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Jean Shepherd (based on the novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by)
Jean Shepherd (screenplay) ...
View company contact information for A Christmas Story on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
18 November 1983 (USA) See more »
Sometimes Christmas is about getting what you really want. See more »
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 »
Plot Keywords:
3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A timeless Christmas film See more (459 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
94 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Ralphie was supposed to be 9, but Peter Billingsley who played him was 12.See more »
Continuity: Randy's puffy outfit changes from being really puffy to not as puffy.See more »
Ralphie as Adult:[narrating, after Mother breaks the Old Man's Major Award, and he is unsuccessful at repairing it] With as much dignity as he could muster, the Old Man gathered up the sad remains of his shattered major award. Later that night, alone in the backyard, he buried it next to the garage. Now I could never be sure, but I thought that I heard the sound of "Taps" being played, gently.See more »
Movie Connections:
Silent NightSee more »


How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is this movie based on a book?
How did they make Flick's tongue stick to the flagpole?
See more »
92 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
A timeless Christmas film, 22 December 2003
Author: JPTaylor from Oregon

"A Christmas Story" is a rare film about children yet for adults. While kids will definitely enjoy this Christmas-themed saga, adults will find a deeper level of depth than they may remember from seeing the film at a younger age.

The movie strikes a sharp contrast between the exaggerated, polysyllabic narration of Ralphie, filled with nostalgia and lucid memories, and the soft, high-pitched childlike wonder of Ralphie's spoken word. The narrator is clearly not the same character as the one portrayed on film, but a character wholly outside the story, reliving his childhood emotions and anecdotes. Yet he is the heart of the film, the true center of gravity. This is because the movie is not about a scary Santa Clause and a BB gun - it's about childhood memories and the feelings they evoke. To that end, "A Christmas Story" is flawless.

"A Christmas Story" tells of the epically materialistic journey of Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) as he searches for the golden, upheld idol of all red-blooded American boys: A Red Rider Air Rifle. Ralphie spins an intricate web of cunning and deceit as he plots to get his hands on it - including an essay, a trip to Santa Claus and more. The movie also shows us a glimpse of his family - his irritable, foul-mouthed father with a good heart, his whiny brother Randy, and his sweet, all-American mother. It is not so much a continuous story as a series of vignettes, but it ultimately serves the movie's purpose.

This is a funny film. The narration by Jean Shepherd is filled with love for this story. He absolutely captures the emotions and logic of childhood. In a subtle but amusing moment, Shepherd intones the incomparably eloquent pouring forth of thought into writing - only to have Billingsley note in his awe-filled, high-pitched voice that "I think everyone should have a Red Rider BB gun. It's very good for Christmas." (paraphrased). Most of the humor is similar - the natural exaggeration of a child as expressed by Shepherd's consistent string of hyperbole.

Also, there's a reason why it's played constantly on cable TV throughout the Christmas season - it's a movie everyone can relate to. There are moments of such pure truth here that few can deny their power. I'm sure that there is a scientific law left unwritten that determines that every kid must at some point fantasize about his parents feeling absolutely terrible and forever regretting some unutterable punishment they inflicted on their child - in this case, the immortal washing of a mouth out with soap.

Obviously, "A Christmas Story" is not a film that can be compared to Casablanca or Citizen Kane. It simply excels at its simple goals, and comes together as an extraordinarily entertaining piece of cinema.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (459 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for A Christmas Story (1983)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Board Regulars? duval7
2016 ACS Marathon Countdown duval7
Do non-Americans like this movie as much as Americans? newt_man2003
Old Threads Gone! duval7
'Why, he's blind!' Music lnzbyl
Fa-Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra varangian1044
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
About a Boy A Single Man Stand by Me Greed Dogville
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.