A Christmas Story Movie Review

A Christmas Story

Peace. Harmony. Comfort and Joy... Maybe Next Year.
A Christmas Story Picture


Melinda Dillion, Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Ian Petrella

Yano Anaya, Leslie Carlson, Melinda Dillon, Colin Fox, Jeff Gillen, Drew Hocevar, Paul Hubbard, Jim Hunter, Patty Johnson, Helen E. Kaider, Dwayne McLean, Tedde Moore, R.D. Robb, Scott Schwartz, David Svoboda, Zack Ward Update Cast


Look for Bob Clark, Jean Shepherd making a cameo appearance!

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The filmmakers had the misfortune to choose the warmest, least snowy winter on record during which to film. Special effects supervisor Martin Malivoire and assistant Neil Trifunovich spent days tracking down snow, assessing the cost of bringing in truckloads from as far away as northern Michigan and Buffalo. In the end, they used three different types of artificial snow: Potato flakes were used with wind machines to resemble flying snow; huge bales of shredded vinyl were used as set dressing; and firefighter's foam was used to simulate snow on the ground, trees and house of an entire neighborhood in the Tremont area of Cleveland.

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“I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time!”

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

Young Ralphie Parker only wants one thing this Christmas, an offical Red Ryder, carbine action BB gun. Everyone tells him he'll shoot his eye out. So goes the plot of "A Christmas Story," a tradition every holiday season. But this movie is much more memorable for it's loose comedic scenes:

Ralphie’s confrontations with neighborhood bully Scut Farcus (“He had yellow eyes!”), kid brother Randy’s refusal to eat, buddy Flick sticking his tongue to a freezing flag pole on a triple-dog-dare, the parents' fight over a leg lamp, Ralph’s accidental use of the F-word (not actually spoken in the film), the bunny suit, and much more!

Disappointingly, this film didn't make much money at the box office, because it was probably marketed as a kids movie. But every Christmas, it is a tradition for me to watch the 24 hour "A Christmas Story" marathon on TNT.

You should make it your tradition, too...

Author: BrandyUpdate This Review


There is absolutely nothing bad about "A Christmas Story." The acting is stellar, the plot is stellar, the movie is stellar. It will keep you laughing!

The loosely connected comedic scenes are the best parts in the whole movie. My favorites; Ralphie's bunny suit and his use of the "F-dash-dash-dash" word.
Absolutely nothing weak about this movie. :)

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Key Crew

Director: Bob Clark
Writer: Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, Bob Clark
Producers: Bob Clark, René Dupont, Gary Goch
Locations Manager: Michael MacDonald

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Release Date: 18 Nov 1983
MPAA Rating: PG
Studio: Warner Studios
Production: Christmas Tree Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Genre: Comedy

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1983 Warner Studios
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