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Christmas Story
     

A Christmas Story

4.8 194
Director: Bob Clark, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley

Cast: Bob Clark, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley

 

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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

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
UPC:
0012569504530
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video

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 Scut Farkus
Yano Anaya Grover Dill
Patty Johnson Head Elf
Tommy Lee Wallace Boy in School
Colin Fox Ming, the Merciless
Paul Hubbard Flash Gordon
Les Carlson Tree Man
Jim Hunter Freight Man
Dwayne McLean Black Bart
Fred Lee Own Waiter #2
Jean Shepherd Adult Ralphie
Jeff Gillen Santa Claus
Chad Dowdell Sleeping Child (uncredited)

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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A Christmas Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 193 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This movie is so great and hilarious.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seller was great. Helped me locate package when it got held up in mail. Would recommend to everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love It! Love it! Love It! This is a great movie. Not the best for younger children ( because of swearing). I love " Ohhhhhhh Fuuuuddddgggggeee"! Lol.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is not onl funny but is one of the most cheerful movies that will undoubtably get you in holiday spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down the best Christmas movie ever. It's basically part of the holiday season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed watching this movie for many, many years. It is a tradition to pop this movie in the vcr the day after Thanksgiving and watch it while bringing out the Christmas decorations. It really gives you a boost into the Christmas spirit. Although, I do perfer the traditional turkey over the Chinese roast duck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Long time family tradition. I Thought we were alone! Well I'm not supposed to reveal a bunch in the movie if I want this posted. But I recommend it for anyone who can handle any sort of intelligent humor hehe! => It's one of the few Christmas movies that's a true comedy and doesn't force in a corny ending. Enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This gets great reviews, but everyone I know, can't stand this movie, including myself. I am not sure what it is that I do not like but I would not recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I along with most everyone I know love this movie. It is a rollercoaster ride of fun and the laughs never stop.Ralphy gives me a feeling of what my parents were like when they were kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each year on Christmas Eve one of the cable stations runs a ''Christmas Story'' marathon...they show it over and over... each year I watch it maybe 10 times...and laugh harder each time I see it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has been a tradition in my family for 16 years. Almost every year I have watched this movie with my Grandfather, and it is amazing how he can relate scene-by-scene. This proves how authentic the story, the characters, scenery and setting are. Insead of cliched Hollywood fluff this movie is historically accurate and true to the heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the BOMB!! I love it so much I even watch it in the summer. If I could I would give it a 20 star rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie no less than 20 times and I love it just the same each time. It is one that I will have memorized and still enjoy. Lots of humor and ''real life'' in it....stuff you can relate to. Wonderful...I am buying it today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I suggest this movie to anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every Sunday in December when our TV guide comes in the paper, I start looking to see when A Chrismas Story will be on. The nights it's on, I tell my husband that we have to watch Ralphie. He always asks me ''aren't you tired of that movie yet'' and every response is, ''I can never get tired of A Christmas Story''. I now can recite most of the lines in this silly movie. Kudos to TNT for the 24 hour marathon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a high school teacher, the day we leave for Thanksgiving break is hectic indeed. By the time I get home all I want to do is collapse in a chair. Our family tradition however, is to watch 'A Christmas Story' that afternoon, we have held off Christmas to this point, and have Thanksgiving ready to go, so we don't feel we have cheated Thanksgiving in any way. My children, now 18, 16 and 14 sit with us and watch this movie. They know it well enough to quote many parts, but they love it just the same. What a wonderful way to spend the evening, with family gathered close!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good movie for whole family to see, except a little bad language. Remarkably funny. Two thumbs up. If you have not seen this movie rent it now. Even if it is not Christmas time you'll love and may die laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an adorable movie. The way in which it is narrated from the adult about his childhood filled with funny mishaps is the cutest thing. This is a christmas classic comedy that will surely have you laughing. Another recommendation I have would be the book, ''The Little Guide To Happiness''. This book is filled with insights and wisdoms on how to be joyful. Perfect stocking stuffer for this holiday season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My family loves watching this movie every Christmas. You will laugh as Ralphie tries to convience his parents,Santa, and his teacher about the wonderful gift a Red Ridger BB Gun would make for Christmas,but everywhere he turns he hears the same answer. You'll shoot your eye out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is our family favorite. Good for all ages, except those who would be shocked by a Santa who is just a touch sadistic!! Though our family is full of grown ups now, the ''kids'', Mom, & Dad, still enjoy watching this together!