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A Christmas Story (1983)

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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.

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

Jean Shepherd (based on the novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by), Jean Shepherd (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melinda Dillon ... Mother Parker
Darren McGavin ... The Old Man Parker
Scott Schwartz ... Flick
Jean Shepherd Jean Shepherd ... Ralphie as an Adult (voice)
Ian Petrella Ian Petrella ... Randy
Tedde Moore Tedde Moore ... Miss Shields
R.D. Robb ... Schwartz
Zack Ward ... Scut Farkus
Yano Anaya Yano Anaya ... Grover Dill
Jeff Gillen Jeff Gillen ... Santa Claus
Peter Billingsley ... Ralphie
Colin Fox ... Ming the Merciless (scenes deleted)
Paul Hubbard Paul Hubbard ... Flash Gordon (scenes deleted)
Leslie Carlson ... Christmas Tree Man (as Les Carlson)
Jim Hunter 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

'Tis better to give than to receive. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros. DVD site

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Božićna priča See more »

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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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Mono | Mono (1935 re-release)| Mono (Mono)| Mono (DVD re-release)| Mono (MovieTone)| Mono (1939 re-release)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The background music for a good deal of the movie was the Grand Canyon Suite's "On the Trail" song. See more »

Goofs

In the Chinese restaurant scene, the staff has trouble pronouncing the "L" sound in Christmas songs, to much comedic effect. However, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) speakers generally have no trouble with "L" sounds. The stereotype is generally about Japanese speakers and is somewhat accurate as the Japanese language has no "L" sound and it often sounds as an "R" when pronounced by a native Japanese speaker. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Next to me in the blackness lay my oiled blue steel beauty. The greatest Christmas gift I had ever received, or would ever receive. Gradually, I drifted off to sleep, pranging ducks on the wing and getting off spectacular hip shots.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Theatrical and home video versions have the end credits scrolling in red text over a shot of the Parker house. The airings on TBS in the United States have the credits on white over a black background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Clarkworld (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

'Twas the Night Before Christmas
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Clement Moore
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User Reviews

 
Pure joy!
25 December 2005 | by CMUltraSee all my reviews

How difficult is it to perfectly capture nostalgia? It must be pretty darn difficult or else everyone would make movies like this. It may not be absolute perfection but Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark and the outstanding cast came as close as anyone here.

Creating a story centered around nostalgia is a tricky thing as the memories that creates it are unique to each of us. The themes, however, are similar and that's where the success lies.

I didn't want a Red Ryder BB gun when I was that age but my Christmas wish was just as fervent and I schemed just as hard as Ralphie. The bully at my school didn't have yellow eyes but he was pretty much like Scut Farkus. And so on, from the fantastically flawed parents to the pop-heroes, A Christmas Story captures it all.

Truly wonderful.


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