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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

Closed Caption; 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: 11/1/2007
  • UPC: 012569796287
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 197

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 Voice Only
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. 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Christmas Story
   Scene Selections
   Language Selections
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
         Spanish
      Captions & Subtitles
         English Captions For the Hearing Impaired
            On
         Subtitles
            English
            French
            Spanish
            Subtitles: None
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   Play
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Customer Reviews

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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

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    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a classic

    I love this movie!

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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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Watch with your kids

    This is the best Christmas movie ever! Every year I watch this movie and I don't get sick of it. I have even gotten my kids into watching it and they also love it. Watching this movie has become a Christmas family tradition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "A Christmas Story "DVD Review

    I just bought this DVD today. It was the single disc edition. Origanally I wanted the 2 disc special edition but the seller told me that they were all sold out. Too bad It dosen't have any of the missing special features on it. Tell the studio to release the 2 disc special edition DVD again PLEASE!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE THOUSAND STARS..............

    So sad today to hear of the deaths of director Bob Clark and his son at the hands of a drunk driver. A Christmas Story is a wonderful legacy that he has left us for all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Family Movie!

    The movie is my favorite family movie ever and I watch ever year.So I would recommended this movie all year around and of course at the holiday season.

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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

    What Can I Say That's Not Already Been Said?

    This is one of my favorite movies and undoubtedly my absolute favorite Christmas movie. Like so many others, it has become a family tradition to sit around on Christmas Eve/Day to watch a 24 hour 'A Christmas Story.' Our family also knows it line for line... we love to do the little moan that Randy does when he won't eat his dinner! That stays with us all year. I've only seen the video, but this year mom and dad are getting a DVD player (SHH!!! don't tell them! :). I think it's only appropriate that I get 'A Christmas Story' on DVD. I'm looking forward to watching the DVD version. If you don't come away from this movie feeling a little warmer after basking in the 40's Christmas nostalgia, I really feel a little bad for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Christmas Movie

    I saw this movie at the theater in its original release in December, 1983. Ever since then it has been my favorite Christmas movie and one of my top five favorite movies of all genres. It's a simple tale, and the way it draws you back to the 1940's, and to childhood is classic. I have the VHS but am buying the DVD for all of the extras, including the additional narratives from Jean Shepherd. If you like the Christmas season, you'll love this movie!

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