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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mother Parker
... The Old Man Parker
... Flick
Jean Shepherd ... Ralphie as an Adult (voice)
Ian Petrella ... Randy
Tedde Moore ... Miss Shields
... Schwartz
... Scut Farkus
Yano Anaya ... Grover Dill
Jeff Gillen ... Santa Claus
... Ralphie
... Ming the Merciless (scenes deleted)
Paul Hubbard ... Flash Gordon (scenes deleted)
... Christmas Tree Man (as Les Carlson)
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

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Sometimes Christmas is about getting what you really want. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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PG | See all certifications »

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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Božićna priča  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "major award" was based on a real lamp: an illuminated Nehi logo. See more »

Goofs

As Ralphie dreams of his new BB gun, a few bars of the theme from High Noon are heard. Although Ralphie could not have heard this song in his childhood, it could be his adult self projecting the song backward, or simply an in-joke for the viewers which Ralphie isn't really hearing. See more »

Quotes

Ralphie: Mom, this is just the same dumb old parade as last year.
Mother: Ralphie, will you please calm down?
Ralphie: Mom!
Mother: Hush!
Mr. Parker: SHUT UP, Ralphie!
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Early home video copies contained the following text immediately after the end credits:

"THIS TRANSFER IS DEDICATED TO 'POPPY' JOE BLUTH 1984." See more »

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Referenced in South Park: Towelie (2001) See more »

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Written by Daniel Butterfield
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Classic Christmas film that doesn't age
13 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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