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It Runs in the Family (1994)

It is now summer in the Parker family and the usual number of events is happening in their separate lives. Ralphie is searching for the perfect top to use to beat the school bully, the Old ... See full summary »

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

Jean Shepherd (novels) (as J. Shepherd), Jean Shepherd (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Grodin ... Mr. Parker (The Old Man)
Kieran Culkin ... Ralph 'Ralphie' Parker
Mary Steenburgen ... Mrs. Parker (Mother)
Christian Culkin Christian Culkin ... Randy Parker
Al Mancini ... Zudoc, The Old Man's fishing buddy
Troy Evans ... The Old Man's fishing buddy
Roy Brocksmith ... Mr. Winchell the Assessor
Glenn Shadix ... Leopold Doppler, Manager of Orpheum Theater
Dick O'Neill ... Pulaski, Shopkeeper
Wayne Grace ... Emil Bumpus
Tedde Moore Tedde Moore ... Miss Shields, Ralphie's Teacher
Whit Hertford ... Lug Ditka (as Whitby Hertford)
Geoffrey Wigdor ... Flick
David Zahorsky David Zahorsky ... Schwartz
Darwyn Swalve Darwyn Swalve ... Big Dickie Bumpus
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Storyline

It is now summer in the Parker family and the usual number of events is happening in their separate lives. Ralphie is searching for the perfect top to use to beat the school bully, the Old Man is in battle with their hillbilly neighbors (the Bumpuses) while eagerly awaiting the discovery of the perfect fishing spot, and Mother is attempting to collect all of the pieces of a glass china set at a local movie theater. Written by Richard Webner

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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and racy drawings | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Summer Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$70,936
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Parker brothers, Ralph and Randy, are played by real-life brothers Kieran Culkin and Christian Culkin. See more »

Goofs

The movie mentions the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933 & 1934 as a current event, though the previous movie, "A Christmas Story," is set circa 1939 or 1940. In the gravy boat riot sequence, Leopold Doppler, Manager of the Orpheum Theater, announces that one of the movie-star theme china pieces, "your Sonny Tufts Big Boy platters," already is on the trucks being shipped to the theater. Tufts made his movie debut in 1943 in "So Proudly We Hail!" See more »

Quotes

Lug Ditka: Get the tops, stupid!
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Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Silly, but good
20 May 2005 | by amanda_tlgSee all my reviews

The prequel -A Christmas Story- will live on as a classic. But this follow up wasn't too bad. I thought it was cute. The dish give-away, the property taxes, the gypsy tent....it's worth seeing. Charles Grodin wouldn't have been my first choice to play the 'old man' but it works, I suppose. The scenes with the next door neighbors will have you laughing for a LONG time. It may be a little hard to watch at first, especially considering most of us are used to the original cast. But it's a memorable movie. Hard to find on VHS or DVD, but I'm still looking. I don't think my collection will be complete until I have it. Anyone who remembers their mother collecting stamps for gravy boats will have a few nostalgic moments here, too.


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