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
The background music for a good deal of the movie was the Grand Canyon Suite's "On the Trail" song. See more »
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 »
Ralphie as Adult:
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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"Ming the Merciless" and "Flash Gordon" are listed as characters despite being cut from the general release. See more »
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 »
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.
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