A Christmas Story
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'You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out'
At least that’s what little Ralphie Parker is told when he asks his parents for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Air Rifle for Christmas. Hilarity ensues as Ralphie, along with his friend, Flick, try to convince Ralphie’s parents and even his teacher, Miss Shields, that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect Christmas gift for a nine-year-old boy.
A Christmas Story aired before Thanksgiving (on November 18) in 1983.
The movie opened on 883 screens.
Director, Bob Clark, had to agree to make a horror movie for the film studio as a trade off for making 'A Christmas Story'.
The movie was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, and many of the townspeople temporarily donated their antique cars to help the film appear more authentic for its 1940s time period.
A Christmas Classic
- A fun and appropriate comedy for the entire family
- Available on DVD or Blu-ray
- 94 minutes of charm and laughter
- 8.5/10 rating from a leading movie review site
- The perfect Christmas movie to get everyone in the holiday spirit
Meet the Cast
Ralphie (Peter Billingsley)
All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun and there’s not much he won’t do to try and convince everybody around him that he needs one. Will his comical and manipulative antics get him what he wants come Christmas morning?
Old Man Parker (Darren McGavin)
Old Man Parker is Ralphie’s dad and the quintessential father of the 1940s. Between winning a contest for the first time in his life, to seemingly never-ending battles with the furnace and the neighbors’ dogs, Old Man Parker is the temperamental, yet loveable, character you’ll secretly cheer for throughout the movie.
Mother Parker (Melinda Dillon)
Mother Parker is the glue holding the Parker household together. While refusing Ralphie’s request for a BB gun that will 'put his eye out', she must also make sure that her youngest son eats and her husband stays away from the Christmas turkey. Now if only she could get rid of that ugly leg-shaped lamp.
Flick (Scott Schwartz)
Ralphie’s trusty sidekick could always be counted on to help fight the bullies and get into general mischief. In one of the most memorable scenes from 'A Christmas Story', Flick gets his tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole after receiving a triple dog dare from one of the school bullies.
A Christmas Story is a Christmas classic on DVD that tells the story of nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley). In the movie, 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 put his eye out. He then decides it's the perfect theme for a report for his teacher, but her reaction is like his mother's. 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 presents under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun?
Director Bob Clark's charming, touching, and very funny adaptation of humorist Jean Shepherd's nostalgic, autobiographical Yuletide novel, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, remains essential holiday family viewing. Narrated by a man (Shepherd) recalling his childhood, the film looks back at the compulsive efforts of 7-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) as he tries every means possible to acquire his dream Christmas gift--a Daisy-brand Red Ryder repeating BB carbine with a compass mounted in the stock. Problem is, he lives in a Norman Rockwell-esque Midwestern town in the 1940s, where his parents, teachers, and even Santa Claus all warn Ralphie that "he'll shoot his eye out." Episodic in nature and seen entirely through the eyes of a child, the film offers a wonderful look at the day-to-day eccentricities that grew out of this conservative period. More interestingly, it cleverly captures childhood urgency, where even the most trivial fantasies or objects become immediate life-or-death necessities. While countless family Christmas movies serve up clichéd situations suffocating with preachy sermons, Clark's acute eye for detail and odd mixture of warmth, satire, and quirky humor are the reasons why so many viewers have rediscovered this after it initially bombed in the theaters. Sentimental without being syrupy, it's a true rarity: a holiday movie that adults and children can enjoy equally, for completely different reasons and regardless of the season. --Dave McCoySee all Editorial Reviews
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While I appreciate the added featurette, this 30th Anniversary Edition could have been and should have been SO much better than this. Obviously, this is a five-star+ movie, but I'm being generous in giving this Anniversary edition three stars for the effort in creating it. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my review, and I hope you find it helpful in making a buying decision.
The story line is simply adorable and enjoyable for children and adults alike and you don't have to be a Christian to appreciate and enjoy it as well.
Every year one of the cable channels runs it over and over for 24 hours on Christmas, but out of season we had to rent it.
First off my Dad always had us watch this around the holidays, and as an adult I've grown to really appreciate it. With its rating I thought, why not let my stepson watch this. He is 5. There is nothing like watching a movie with either your child or your parents to point out to you the tiny things you missed before that you wish weren't happening now.
For my kid I think it was fine, the only "oops" moments were when the narrator is talking about the leg lamp and uses the expression "electrified s*x in the window". There is also discussion and mention of the F-Bomb, but no actual F Bomb is said, so I think it's fine. It's definitely more appropriate for kids than most of the junk on regular TV these days!
The movie discusses bullying, and shows kids getting in a tussle, so it's a good way to start a conversation about that.
All in all it's a great movie for families.
This is a 20th anniversary edition and comes with 2 discs.. the movie disc has the choice of both full and wide screen. The 2nd disc has all kinds of extras to choose from, even a documentary about the movie. This is as great as the movie we watch every year on cable except no commercials! I love it!
A Christmas Story (Two-Disc Special Edition)
last but not certainly not least, is it does what all Christmas movies i have watched have failed to do: to capture the magic and the spirit of Christmas time, and i can picture families sitting in front of the TV in the living room on Christmas Eve, rejoicing and enjoying this film on the most celebrated seasonal festivity of the year