Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

4.8 194
Director: Bob Clark

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


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.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Christmas Story
1. Logos/Main Title [3:48]
2. Look! Red Ryder! [2:21]
3. Parents One, Kids Zip [2:39]
4. A Hero's Dream [2:11]
5. The Blasted Furnace [1:22]
6. Randy's Wrap Up [3:49]
7. Tongue-Tied [5:33]
8. A Yellow-Eyed Bully [2:51]
9. "I Won! I Won!" [1:39]
10. How Do Piggies Eat? [2:08]
11. A Leg of Lamp? [5:53]
12. An A+ Masterpiece [2:40]
13. Tree Bargaining [1:55]
14. Jingle Bells Flat [3:16]
15. The Soap Connoisseur [2:23]
16. A Blind Fantasy [2:03]
17. A Cute Fruit Bribe [1:17]
18. The Secret Circle [3:47]
19. A Fake Break? [3:37]
20. C+ Nightmare [1:32]
21. Bye-Bye, Bully! [2:49]
22. Mom's In Charge [4:00]
23. Parading To Santa [5:13]
24. Slippery Santa Slide [2:52]
25. "Don't Anybody Move!" [1:54]
26. Snowy Morning, Wow! [3:07]
27. Pink Bunny Blues [2:37]
28. A Dream Comes True [3:04]
29. Bull's-Eye Glasses [2:36]
30. Turkey Thieves [2:09]
31. Chinese Turkey? [2:01]
32. After Christmas Joy [4:06]


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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 is one movie that is a must for everyone who has memories of those youthful years when snow was the most exciting part of winter, and snowsuits were an adventure. This movie hits the spot more so during the holidays, but is as equally entertaining at any time of the year. Darren Mcgavin is hilarious as the often mumbling and harmless father doing his best to make the holiday season enjoyable. One of the funniest scenes is the final dinner scene and the accompanying sing-along song. I absolutely recommend A Christmas Story to one and all and to all a good time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest holiday movies. I love the tale of the seven year old boy who gets his tongue stuck to a frozen pole on a triple dare!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie from the time I first seen it in the movie. It's my favorite Holiday movie of all time and will always be.This is my favorite christmas movie that gets me into the holiday mood. You will be filled with holiday stuffing and room for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie like everyone else. It touches the heart of every American boy who grew up wanting that toy that he thought he'd never get in a million years. Oh, and regarding my headline, guys relate to this movie on many levels, but if you've ever been tormented by a bully then you understand Ralphie's fear of Scott Farkus. I think every boy who never got revenge on that bully wished he were Ralphie when he saw him kick his butt. But revenge aside, all the other scenes relate just as well today as they did back in 83 when the movie came out and they relate just as well as in the 40's where the movie was set. Merry Christmas and Fa-ra-ra-ra-ra Ra-ra-ra-ra
Guest More than 1 year ago
A better Christmas movie has never been made! Terrific for both kids and adults alike!
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!
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
This is without a doubt, one of my all time favorites!! Ralphie is the best. The time period is about 20 years before my time, but I love it just the same, and think it's how things must really have been. When kids used to get excited over the small things and obeying your parents meant something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great flick...a hilarious classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Story is a holiday classic that everyone needs to watch during the holiday season or anytime of the year that you need a good laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must see movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll laugh so hard ''you'll shoot your eye out''!
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
My husband (esp.) and I look forward to this classic each year. He recites lines while watching the movie, and will even pop one off at other times when appropriate. It's amazing how we never get tired of watching it, even several times in a season. What a great movie to remind us all that life doesn't have to be so complicated.
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
I have started a new life in my middle age, and with a new wife who turned me on to this movie.I thought I had seen all the Christmas movies - good and did this movie get past me? I was a Red Ryder BB Gun wisher too and I definitely know about this little guy's angst. As a parent I know the other side too. But reflecting back, this movie made me feel the old longings of Christmas past without all the politically correct stuff of today. Sometimes you just gotta have somethig special for Christmas - right or wrong! Fun movie with unexpected laughs that I'll watch from now on! - Red Ryder BB Gun Owner at age 52
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole family will love it. We can't wait for Thanksgiving to come so we can watch. You won't need your ''Little Orphan Annie'' secret decoder to figure out this should be a new Christmas tradition!