A Christmas Story

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Both warmly nostalgic and darkly humorous, A Christmas Story deserves its status as a holiday perennial.

89%

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Total Count: 57

88%

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In the 1940's, in the town of Hammond, 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing for Christmas -- an official Red Ryder BB rifle. When he asks his mother for the BB gun for Christmas, she says, "No, you'll shoot your eye out". When he writes an essay about it at school his teacher gives him a C+ with a note saying "You'll shoot your eye out." Next he asks Santa for the gun, Santa's response is familiar, he says, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Ralph fears that he'll never get the BB gun for Christmas. But there may be a surprise in store for him.

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Cast

Peter Billingsley
as Ralphie Parker
Darren McGavin
as Mr. Parker
Melinda Dillon
as Mrs. Parker
Ian Petrella
as Randy Parker
R.D. Robb
as Schwartz
Tedde Moore
as Miss Shields
Yano Anaya
as Grover Dill
Zack Ward
as Scut Farcus, The Bully
Jeff Gillen
as Santa Claus
Colin Fox
as Ming the Merciless
Paul Hubbard
as Flash Gordon
John Wong
as Chinese Father
Jim Hunter
as Freight Man
Patty Johnson
as Head Elf
Drew Hocevar
as Male Elf
Les Carlson
as Christmas Tree Man
Chad Dowdell
as Sleeping Child (uncredited)
Dwayne McLean
as Black Bart
Tommy Lee Wallace
as Boy in School
Helen E. Kaider
as Wicked Witch
Rocco Bellusci
as Street Kid
Fred Lee Own
as Waiter #2
Dan Ma
as Waiter
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  • Jun 21, 2016
    There's a reason that TBS plays this one for 24 hours straight every Christmas. This is about as classic a Christmas movie as you can get, right up there with It's a Wonderful Life and Rudolph. Story of Ralphie who wants, more than anything, for Christmas a Red Ryder BB gun. Full of classic gags and great lines.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2012
    It's a classic movie that demands to be re-watched year after year, and it deserves that prestigious status. The best scene of all has to be when Ralphie opens up the big present at the end. The relationship between the main character (Ralphie) and his father comes to a true high point in this scene, and the actors do an amazing job of conveying those feelings. The family depicted in this film has got to be, if not the greatest, one of the greatest families to ever be depicted in film. You have the grouchy old man, the (relatively) gentle mom, the spoiled favorite child, and of course the overlooked hero with a lot going on in his mind. Now that I'm older, it's interesting to see how families in the 40's, as depicted in the film, differ in the ways they celebrate Christmas compared to modern times. Filled with countless quotable lines and at least a dozen iconic scenes, A Christmas Story still remains the greatest live-action holiday film ever made.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2012
    One of the most beloved Christmas films ever made, A Christmas Story is a fun, nostalgic look at the innocence of childhood. The story follows a 9-year-old kid named Ralphie who wants a Red Rider BB Gun for Christmas, and attempts to do everything that he can think of to get it; from bribing his teacher to seeing Santa Claus (at the department store). The film is especially well-written, particularly in how it presents the childhood point-of-view. Additionally, the sets and costumes are quite authentic, making the audience feel as if they've been transported to the 1940s. There's also a sincerity and earnestness to the performances and the humor that gives the film a certain charm. A Christmas Story is a heartwarming film that captures the wonder and magic of Christmas.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2012
    A Christmas Story is a true holiday classic. I see this movie, whenever it comes on TBS every Christmas, and I loved every minute of it. Some people might find it overrated, but it does not matter to me. All I know is that it was good for what it was tended to be!
    Giovanni C Super Reviewer

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