A Christmas Story

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Overview

Nine years after the Yuletide slasher flick Black Christmas, Porky's director Bob Clark once again took on the holiday genre, switching from gasps to laughs with A Christmas Story. Adapted from a memoir by humorist Jean Shepherd who narrates, the film centers on Ralphie Parker Peter Billingsley, a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearning for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother Melinda Dillon that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to ...
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Overview

Nine years after the Yuletide slasher flick Black Christmas, Porky's director Bob Clark once again took on the holiday genre, switching from gasps to laughs with A Christmas Story. Adapted from a memoir by humorist Jean Shepherd who narrates, the film centers on Ralphie Parker Peter Billingsley, a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearning for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother Melinda Dillon that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to enlist the assistance of both his teacher and Santa Claus. All the while, Ralphie finds himself dealing with the constant taunts of a pair of bullies and trying to not get in the middle of a feud between his mother and father Darren McGavin regarding a sexy lamp.
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Special Features

Commentary by Peter Billingsley and Director/Co-Writer Bob Clark; 20th- Anniversary Documentary Another Christmas Story ; 2 Festive featurettes: Daisy Red Ryder: A History and Get a Leg Up Script Pages; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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Marketed somewhat confusingly as a family film by the director of Porky's, Bob Clark's A Christmas Story took a while to catch on. But video and cable have conspired to boost its reputation into that of a latter-day holiday classic, and deservedly so. Its secret may be its ability to appeal to both children and adults. Clark wonderfully captures both Jean Shepherd's period detail (that's not just any BB-gun, it's a Red Ryder BB Gun) and, even more importantly, his ability to tell the story from a child's point of view. The film is plenty nostalgic, but it also captures the frustration and occasionally the outright terror of childhood and the absurdity of adult behavior. Of course, the earthy, bawdy humor doesn't hurt nor does the fact that Shepherd himself provides the near-constant narration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • UPC: 883929034604
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Repackaged
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 27,715

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Melinda Dillon Mother
Darren McGavin The Old Man
Peter Billingsley Ralphie
Ian Petrella Randy
Scott Schwartz Flick
R.D. Robb Schwartz
Tedde Moore Miss Shields
Zack Ward Scott Farcus, Scut Farkus
Yano Anaya Grover Dill
Les Carlson Tree Man
Chad Dowdell Sleeping Child (uncredited)
Colin Fox Ming, the Merciless
Jeff Gillen Santa Claus
Paul Hubbard Flash Gordon
Jim Hunter Freight Man
Patty Johnson Head Elf
Dwayne McLean Black Bart
Fred Lee Own Waiter #2
Jean Shepherd Voice Only
Tommy Lee Wallace Boy in School
Technical Credits
Bob Clark Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Dave Appleby Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Bernard Musical Direction/Supervision, Sound Mixer
Leigh Brown Screenwriter
Don Carmody Co-producer
Stan Cole Editor
Steven Cole Sound Editor
Rene Dupont Producer
David Evans Sound Editor
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Mark Freeborn Set Decoration/Design
Reuben Freed Production Designer
Gary Goch Associate Producer
Wayne Griffin Sound Editor
Ken Heeley-Ray Sound Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Marci Liroff Casting
Mary E. McLeod Costumes/Costume Designer
Gavin Mitchell Art Director
Reginald Morris Cinematographer
Dino Pigat Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Shepherd Screenwriter
Paul Zaza Score Composer
Carl Ziffrer Score Composer
Carl Zittrer Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This ┬┐Widescreen Version┬┐ is a lie!

    This is my favorite Christmas Movie. However, be warned. If you're thinking of buying the 2-disc 20th anniversary edition because you want a widescreen version of this movie then don't buy it. The ¿widescreen version¿ is actually a cut down version of the already cut down ¿standard version¿ of the movie. So, if you watch this disc's ¿widescreen version¿ you'll see even less of the movie. Just buy the cheeper DVD and save $'s.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    A classic that's fun all year round. Few films hold up as well a

    A classic that's fun all year round. Few films hold up as well as this one. It's hilarious every time you see it. Warm, funny, cute, sweet and entertaining to watch any time of the year. This special edition is great, there are a ton of well produced extras that fans will love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Very happy

    Seller was great. Helped me locate package when it got held up in mail. Would recommend to everyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good fun for the entire family!

    Although a Southerner never having had to deal with the snow situations depicted, I could totally relate to the bullying, Christmas gifts from well-intentioned relatives, and ruined holiday meals, and found it hilarious to watch. My husband, who is from up north, totally enjoyed watching this movie. He has dealt with bundling up for cold weather and tongues freezing on metal. And of course the main storyline so many children have faced: How to get Santa to bring the highly desired toy on Christmas day. The narration in the first person, as the main character tells his story, is uniquely related. It's a family classic for us to watch every Christmas season.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Movie Tradition

    Our family watches this movie every Christmas now. Everyone has a part that is their favorite. Mine is when the "old Man" and all the neighbors are looking at the notorious Leg Lamp! It is a good family movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cult Classic!

    Made the Holidays fun from Thanksgiving through New Year.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Family Time

    It's a must. Every family should have this movie, great story line. My husband & I have watched it every year since we both can remember! He gave his VCR movie version to an old college friend and I got him this as an early Christmas present. We will watch it after Thanksgiving--like every year.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Favorite Christmas Movie!

    This movie is very funny and enjoyable for the whole family. If you have not seen this yet, your missing out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of the Best

    This is a vintage movie that never gets old no matter how many times it is watched, year after year our Family sets up a "watch Christmas Story" night before Christmas, it now includes our Grandkids. It has a great deal of truth with regards to the time it protrays.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I fell in love with this movie the first time I saw it. I recommend this movie to people of all ages but mostly to the children of the 1950's As this movie will bring back memories of there childhood like it did for me.

    I loved the Dad's big prize that he won and the way the Mom got the younger boy to eat his dinner. The constant fixing of the old fuel oil fernus. The neighbor's dogs. The oldest boys fantisies about his B B Gun. The hole movie from beginning to end is just HILARIOUS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best screen adapation of Jean Shepherd's stories

    How many times have I seen this movie? Dozens, I suppose. Like other fans, I could probably quote its dialogue line by line. I've seen several screen or TV adaptations of Jean Shepherd's homespun and humor-rich stories, and this surely the best. By the way, it's best served with a cup of hot Ovaltine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At Last A Widescreen Version Available!

    'A Christmas Story' is the brilliant spoof and satire of 'traditional' family life, set during the depression. From the narrative rose-colored memories of his own childhood, Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) reflects on the year when he desired nothing more than to own his own shot gun. Mom (Melinda Dillon), of course, is dead set against the purchase. Dad (Darrin McGavin) might be a bit more receptive to the idea, having just won a company sponsored contest in which the grand prize is a fish-netted stocking lamp. A slew of calamities ensue that perfectly and poignantly capture all of the cliché and kitsch of the period. Who can forget the incident at school where Schwartz¿s (R.D. Robb) tongue gets glued to an ice cold metal pole on a dare, or the hilarious Christmas dinner scene at a Chinese restaurant? When Mr. Parker declares that he can¿t eat the goose he¿s been served because ¿it¿s staring at me¿ a diligent waiter produces a cleaver and promptly decapitates the bird right in front of the whole family. Mmmm, yummy! Truly, this is one funny film! Warner gives us an average effort in their DVD remastering of this film. Previously, ¿A Christmas Story¿ had been made available in a full frame only edition with no extras. This time around we are given an anamorphic widescreen transfer but contrast levels continue to be too low and the colors, somewhat muted. Certain scenes are incredibly soft while others suffer from considerable film grain. Pixelization, aliasing and edge enhancement exist throughout. The audio is mono and nicely balanced. Disappointing - nevertheless. The author of the book - Jean Shepherd, reads his story as part of the extra features that also include a new documentary on the making of the film and some hidden easter eggs (how ironic - easter eggs for Christmas!) as well as the theatrical trailer and a generally benign trivia game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Christmas Movie Ever

    A very funny movie that will make you laugh every hoilday season. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining yet endearing, a great family movie

    I watch this movie every year, it always lifts my spirits and adds a little humour to a hectic time of the year. I recommend this if you are in the mood for an enjoyable Christmas movie that doesn't lose the spirit of Christmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    The ULTIMATE Christmas Movie

    This movie is Americana in all it's glory. With a fabulous narration that blows me away everytime I hear it. The ''average Joe'' family, struggles with everyday problems,in a manner that will have you rolling on the floor, and remembering your own life in the 40's... Or perhaps, wishing you had lived in the 40's. Ralphie, and his endless tricks to get a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, is a magical trip down childhood street. This is the ultimate Christmas movie, thanks to the ultimate writer, Jean Shepherd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest film of all time

    Nothing is funnier than this film because I think so many people can relate to this American family. I highly recommend this film to those who like to be humoured and those who want to start a family tradition of watching this in their home. I never miss the 24 hour marathon they have every year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A family tradition as we know it...

    Although I live away from home now, my sister Laura and I call each other every Thanksgiving and Christmas to make sure that we don't miss the 24 hour marathon on TNT. It has been a family tradition for us since we were kids. I hope this will become a family tradition with our kids as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The zombies scared me..

    I liked this movie alot, until it got to the part where the little boy kills his parents with the BB gun, and they come back as zombies and eat his intestines....That part was scarey:(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Luv It

    i'm 15 years old and i've watch a christmas story since i was atleast 10. I absolutely love it. I know almost all the words and i watch the whole marathon on Christmas Eve and Christmas. I can't wait to start watching it tomorrow :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002

    A Great Christmas Classic!

    This is a wonderful Christmas movie that you can watch over and over and still love it. It doesn't matter how old you are.

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