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A Christmas Story (18-Nov-1983)

Director: Bob Clark

Writers: Leigh Brown; Bob Clark; Jean Shepherd

From novel: In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd

Keywords: Juvenile/Comedy, Christmas, Coming of Age

In Peter Billingsley's most famous role, he plays Ralphie, a somewhat cynical young boy in 1940s small town Indiana who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Adults are in unanimous agreement that "you'll shoot your eye out." Sentimental vision of Americana, told in vignettes. The film was not successful when release, but grew to become a much-watched favorite. Entered 2012 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Peter Billingsley
Actor
16-Apr-1972   A Christmas Story
Melinda Dillon
Actor
13-Oct-1939   A Christmas Story
Darren McGavin
Actor
7-May-1922 25-Feb-2006 A Christmas Story
Scott Schwartz
Actor
12-May-1968   The Toy
Jean Shepherd
Radio Personality
26-Jul-1921 16-Oct-1999 A Christmas Story

REVIEWS

Review by David Gibson (posted on 28-Mar-2005)

What we would want all our Christmas's to be, warm and funny with the usual mishaps thrown in. The expectation and excitement of being young again and wanting that special toy to be there under the tree when you wake up as well as the not so wonderful pyjamas from a well meaning relative. Should be a regular addition to the Christmas schedules as it rekindles the thoughts and memories of what Christmas really meant before we all grew up.


Review by Wendy (posted on 9-May-2005)

This is a movie for kids of all ages. This film takes you inside of a young boy's mind which is wonderful. It takes us back to a much more simple time. Ralphie's world revolved around getting a Red Rider BB Gun and his wonderful fantasy imagination. No matter how many times you view it, the film is entertaining and funny.


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