A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2007
UPC: 0012569796287
Original Release: 1983
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 2,300

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 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie kind of cements what Christmas is really about to a kid. If you want a movie that helps you feel like a kid again then this is the one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great family movie. I watch it every Christmas because it gets us in the mood for the holidays. I say I want it 20 times every December. 5 STARS ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!
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
I suggest this movie to anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great flick...a hilarious classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
My whole family loves this movie,when the marathon is on it is the only time the whole year that nobody fights about what to watch on T.V.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1983 I was in high school and went to the movies. The movie I went to see was sold out and I had to go to A Christmas Story. By the title I thought it would be a waste of time but oh how wrong I was! My friends and I laughed until we rolled in the aisle! When I first got married my husband scoffed but now he's hooked too! My kids are finally old enough to watch it...they hate Scott Farcus too! You just gotta love the dad's ''major award'' and how the mom gets rid of it! BUY THIS MOVIE...you won't be sorry!
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
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
This IS the greatest Christmas movie of all time. I have been watching this movie every Christmas (and sometimes year-round) since I was a child, and I just don't get sick of it. My family and I can recite the entire movie by heart- and it's the only thing we will ALL agree on watching before going to bed on Christmas Eve. And evey year we wonder out loud whether or not Ralphie will get the coveted Red Ryder BB Gun on Christmas morning...
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the last 4 years my wife and I have enjoyed this movie every year. We even have a bach up spare when current vhs wears out. All the characters are good this film is the best christmas film to watch for the whole family Sincerly Bryan Of Oroville Ca
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a kid, I lay in bed at night listening to Jean Shepard's radio show, where he told stories of his youth. ''A Christmas Story'' is like a video of those nights. He's a master storyteller and this movie raises the bar several notches. Some of the lines are priceless and have become classics that people use in conversation - I double dog dare you to refute that!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie means so much to me, I have to watch it every Christmas. Randy cracks me up; I think about him under the kitchen cabinet when he says ''Daddy's gonna kill Ralphie''. The classic movie really touches everyone that watches. Ralphie is like many young boys at Christmas that long for that forbidden BB Gun to be under the X-mas tree. This is absolutely my favorite Christmas movie. My twin brother and I have been watching it for the last 20 years!! We love to repeat ''Ralphie, don't leave me, don't leave me'' from the unforgettable triple dog dare ya scene. Watch it!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is sooooo funny! I love it. It is a tradition in our family to make sure we watch it a thousand times every Christmas. Now that I have my own family I have passed it down to them and they absolutely love it. Ralphie's imagination, sneakiness, and lies are what we can all relate to. Just the way he and his friends are, the things they say and do are hilarious. Definetly a fun movie to watch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!