Christmas Story
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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…  See more details below

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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:
11/04/2008
UPC:
0883929038961
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
21,163

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and director/co-writer Bob Clark; Original readings by Jean Shepherd, voice narrator of A Christmas Story; Another Christmas Story documentary with cast members and director Bob Clark, narrated by Peter Billingsley; Get a Leg Up and Daisy Red Ryder: A History featurettes; Triple Dog Dare interactive trivia; Decoder Match challenge; Hidden Easter eggs; 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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Christmas Story
1. Christmas On Its Way (Credits). [2:13]
2. Look! Red Ryder! [2:34]
3. Parents 1, Kids Zip. [3:34]
4. Hero's Dream. [2:26]
5. Blasted Furnace. [1:22]
6. Randy's Wrap-Up. [2:46]
7. Tongue-Tied. [6:36]
8. Yellow-Eyed Bully. [2:26]
9. "I Won! I Won!" [2:04]
10. How the Piggies Eat. [2:18]
11. Leg of Lamp. [5:36]
12. A+ Masterpiece. [2:48]
13. Tree Bargaining. [1:57]
14. Jingle Bells Flat. [1:48]
15. Soap Connoisseur. [3:51]
16. Blind Fantasy. [1:51]
17. Cute Fruit Bribe. [1:16]
18. Secret Circle. [3:36]
19. A Fake Break? [3:11]
20. C+ Nightmare. [2:03]
21. Bye Bye Bully! [3:07]
22. Mom In Charge. [4:00]
23. Parading To Santa. [2:09]
24. Slippery Santa Slide. [5:56]
25. "Don't Anybody Move!" [1:55]
26. Snowy Morning. [2:45]
27. Pink Bunny Blues. [2:59]
28. Dream Come True. [2:39]
29. Bull's-Eye Classes. [3:02]
30. Turkey Thieves. [2:10]
31. Chinese Turkey. [2:00]
32. Christmas Night (End Credits). [4:03]

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