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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Cast verified as complete

Mother Parker
The Old Man Parker
Jean Shepherd ...
Ralphie as an Adult (voice)
Ian Petrella ...
Tedde Moore ...
Miss Shields
Scut Farkus
Yano Anaya ...
Grover Dill
Jeff Gillen ...
Santa Claus
Ming the Merciless (scenesDeleted)
Flash Gordon (scenesDeleted)
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)
Swede (uncredited)
Giada Dobrzenska ...
Little Girl at Parade (uncredited)
Dave Duff ...
Firefighter (uncredited)
Don Geyer ...
The Scarecrow (uncredited)
Christmas Shopper (uncredited)
John Kennedy ...
Fire Chief at Schoolyard (uncredited)
Bill Kravitz ...
Billy (uncredited)
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ...
Boy Visiting Santa (uncredited)
Caroler (uncredited)
Christine Powrie ...
Screaming Girl on Slide After Ralphie (uncredited)
Kristephan Warren-Stevens ...
Crowd Person (uncredited)

Directed by

Bob Clark

Written by

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

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

Music by

Paul Zaza
Carl Zittrer ... (original score)

Cinematography by

Reginald H. Morris ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Stan Cole ... film editor

Editorial Department

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

Casting By

Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Marci Liroff

Production Design by

Reuben Freed

Art Direction by

Gavin Mitchell

Set Decoration by

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

Costume Design by

Mary E. McLeod

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

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

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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)
Robert Tanenbaum ... movie poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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

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

Camera and Electrical Department

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

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

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

Location Management

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

Music Department

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

Gregory A. Valore ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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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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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Une histoire de Noël (Canada, French title)
  • Christmas Story (France)
  • Historias de Navidad (Spain)
  • En julefortelling (Norway)
  • Joulutarina (Finland)
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  • 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?

Trivia According to Peter Billingsley (young Ralphie) in the DVD Commentary, the nonsensical ramblings that Ralphie exclaims while beating up Scut Farkas were scripted, word for word. See more »
Goofs Before Ralphie and Randy get in line to visit Santa in Higbee's Department store, The Wizard of Oz (1939) characters pass by, and the witch tries to talk to Ralphie, who won't interact with her because he's busy 'thinking'. Watch Randy's face in this scene as he comes out of character for a moment and smiles at a scared little girl, who is off camera. She was afraid of the witch during rehearsal, and never really was able to handle her presence. 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 as an Adult: [narrating] Only one thing in the world could've dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.
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