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A Christmas Story ()


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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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Mother Parker
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The Old Man Parker
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Flick
Jean Shepherd ...
Ralphie as an Adult (voice)
Ian Petrella ...
Randy
Tedde Moore ...
Miss Shields
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Schwartz
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Scut Farkus
Yano Anaya ...
Grover Dill
Jeff Gillen ...
Santa Claus
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Ralphie
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Ming the Merciless (scenesDeleted)
Paul Hubbard ...
Flash Gordon (scenesDeleted)
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Christmas Tree Man (as Les Carlson)
Jim Hunter ...
Freight Man
Patty Johnson ...
Head Elf
Drew Hocevar ...
Male Elf
David Edward ...
Kid with Goggles (as David Svoboda)
Dwayne McLean ...
Black Bart
Helen E. Kaider ...
Wicked Witch
John Wong ...
Chinese Father
Johan Sebastian Wong ...
Waiter #1
Fred Lee ...
Waiter #2
Dan Ma ...
Waiter #3
Rocco Bellusci ...
Street Kid
Tommy Wallace ...
Boy in School
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leigh Brown ...
Red Hatted Curly Haired Woman in Line for Santa (uncredited)
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Swede (uncredited)
Giada Dobrzenska ...
Little Girl at Parade (uncredited)
Dave Duff ...
Firefighter (uncredited)
Don Geyer ...
The Scarecrow (uncredited)
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Christmas Shopper (uncredited)
John Kennedy ...
Fire Chief at Schoolyard (uncredited)
Bill Kravitz ...
Billy (uncredited)
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ...
Boy Visiting Santa (uncredited)
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Caroler (uncredited)
Christine Powrie ...
Screaming Girl on Slide After Ralphie (uncredited)
Kristephan Warren-Stevens ...
Crowd Person (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bob Clark

Written by

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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

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Bob Clark ... producer
René Dupont ... producer
Gary Goch ... associate producer

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Paul Zaza
Carl Zittrer ... (original score)

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Reginald H. Morris ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Stan Cole ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Richard Cadger ... assistant editor (as Rick Cadger)
Neil Grieve ... assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan ... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)

Casting By

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Marci Liroff

Production Design by

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Reuben Freed

Art Direction by

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Gavin Mitchell

Set Decoration by

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Mark S. Freeborn ... (as Mark Freeborn)

Costume Design by

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Mary E. McLeod

Makeup Department

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Ken Brooke ... makeup artist
James D. Brown ... hair stylist (as James Brown)

Production Management

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Kenneth Heeley-Ray ... post production supervisor (as Ken Heeley-Ray)
Marilyn Stonehouse ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Don Brough ... second assistant director
Ken Goch ... first assistant director
Alan Goluboff ... third assistant director

Art Department

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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)
Peter Hackman ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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) / foley recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Martin Malivoire ... special effects
David Neil Trifunovich ... special effects coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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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

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Linda Kemp ... wardrobe supervisor (as Lynda Kemp)

Location Management

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Michael MacDonald ... location manager
Cindy Morton ... location manager

Music Department

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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

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Gregory A. Valore ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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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

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Sometimes Christmas is about getting what you really want. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Une histoire de Noël (Canada, French title)
  • Christmas Story (France)
  • Historias de Navidad (Spain)
  • En julefortelling (Norway)
  • Fröhliche Weihnachten (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,300,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,072,473, 20 Nov 1983

Did You Know?

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Trivia For the scene in which Flick's tongue sticks to the flagpole, a hidden suction tube was used to safely create the illusion that his tongue had frozen to the metal. See more »
Goofs A kid in a classroom scene has The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) digital watch. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Hollywood Christmas (1996). See more »
Soundtracks The Hut-Sut Song (A Swedish Serenade) See more »
Crazy Credits "Ming the Merciless" and "Flash Gordon" are listed as characters despite being cut from the general release. See more »
Quotes Ralphie: Ohhhh fuuudge!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Only I didn't say "Fudge." I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!
Mr. Parker: [stunned] *What* did you say?
Ralphie: Uh, um...
Mr. Parker: That's... what I thought you said. Get in the car. Go on!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] It was all over - I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Hmmph. Mere child's play compared to what surely awaited me.
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