A Christmas Story (1983)
Front Cover Actor
Melinda Dillon Mrs. Parker
Darren McGavin Mr. Parker
Peter Billingsley Ralphie Parker
Ian Petrella Randy Parker
Scott Schwartz Flick
R.D. Robb Schwartz
Tedde Moore Miss Shields
Yano Anaya Grover Dill
Zack Ward Scut Farkus
Jeff Gillen Santa Claus
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Family
Director Bob Clark; Bob Clark (III)
Producer Bob Clark
Writer Jean Shepherd
Studio MGM; Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 94 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940's.

A Christmas Story is on its way to becoming an annual holiday classic, one to keep on the shelf with It's a Wonderful Life, the puppet-animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. It may have been directed by Bob Clark (responsible for the Porky's pictures), but it's based on the childhood memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd (from his hilarious book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash). And it is Shepherd's wry, deadly accurate and gently nostalgic comic sensibility that shines through in this kid's-eye-view of an all-American Christmas in the 1940s. All little Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants under the tree on Christmas morning is a Daisy Brand Red-Ryder BB rifle. He not only wants it, he's consumed with an aching desire for it. Unfortunately, his mother (Melinda Dillon) repeatedly crushes his dreams with the familiar, harsh mantra: "You'll put your eye out!" Among the movie's highlights are a surrealistic visit with little brother Randy to a department store Santa, and the childlike mixture of delight, pride, and awe with which Ralphie's dad (Darren McGavin) takes possession of a spectacularly gaudy prize he's won in a radio contest. McGavin should have won an award for his splendid comic work as a middle-aged-kid-turned-patriarch who alternates between grownup temper tantrums and unabashed juvenile joy. --Jim Emerson
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 22
In Collection Yes
Links IMDB
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Any Region
Screen Ratio 1.33 (4:3)
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 012569504424
Chapters 32
Release Date 2004
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Standard Features Interactive Menus
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Mono - English
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Has menus.
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby