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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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Taglines:

A Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas... See more »

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Comedy | Family

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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 film's setting is a town in Indiana, but was actually filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. The street the "Parkers" live in is called "Cleveland Street". See more »

Goofs

The wall clock in Ralphie's kitchen has no power cord. Battery-powered wall clocks did not exist in 1940, but wall clocks were often mounted on a recessed power receptacle and were plugged in. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Parker: [In the Chinese restaurant, the waiter brings out the cooked duck, which still has its head on; Mrs. Parker is laughing] Yes, it's a beautiful duck. It really is. But you see... it's smiling at me.
[He lifts the head of the duck]
Chop Suey Palace Owner: Ooohh!
[He chops off the duck's head. Mrs. Parker and the kids are laughing]
Ralphie as Adult: That Christmas would live in our memories as the year we were introduced to Chinese turkey.
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Crazy Credits

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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Just wonderful
23 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Nostalgic tale of a Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) growing up in the 1940s (I believe). He wants nothing more than a Red Ryder Ranger Model Air Rifle (a BB gun for short) for Christmas but everyone tells him it will "shoot your eye out".

That's about it for plot but the film has sequences that every child (and adult) can relate to. My favorites: Ralphie's best friend getting his tongue stuck to a pole when he's dared to lick it; Ralphie accidentally swearing in front of his father; the bully that threatens Ralphie and his friends every day until Ralphie beats him up (in a GREAT scene); Ralphie's constant fights with his little brother (wonderfully played by Ian Petrella) and Billingsley and his brother being terrified by a department store Santa.

Also Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin are just great as the parents-- especially Dillon. She has one uproarious scene where she gets Petrella to eat by imitating a pig! This was totally ignored when it came out in 1983 but has slowly developed a cult following. It's now considered one of the best Christmas movies ever made--right up there with "It's a Wonderful Life" (which was also ignored at its release).

A charming, wonderful Christmas film. A 10 all the way!


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