A Christmas Story


1h 34m 1983
A Christmas Story

Brief Synopsis

An Indiana schoolboy dreams of getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.

Photos & Videos

A Christmas Story - Movie Poster
A Christmas Story - Publicity Stills

Film Details

Also Known As
Christmas Story, En julber├Ąttelse, Un cuento de Navidad
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Family
Holiday
Adaptation
Children
Tweens
Release Date
1983
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Chicago, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Synopsis

In the 1940s, in a small town in Indiana, 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 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. Based on the semi-autobiographical short stories of humorist Jean Shepherd.

Crew

David Appleby

Sound

Alan Bernard

Sound

Alan Bernard

Sound Mixer

Ken Brooke

Makeup

Don Brough

Assistant Director

James Douglas Brown

Hair

Leigh Brown

Screenplay

J Tracy Budd

Property Master

Richard Cadger

Assistant Editor

Gudrun Christian

Sound Editor

Bob Clark

Producer

Bob Clark

Screenplay

Ken Clarke

Props

Stan Cole

Editor

Steven Cole

Sound Effects Editor

J. Fred Coots

Song

David Craig

Other

Bing Crosby

Song Performer

Rene Dupont

Producer

David Evans

Sound Effects Editor

Jane Feinberg

Casting

Jane Fenton

Casting

P K Fields

Casting Associate

Mark Freeborn

Set Decorator

Reuben Freed

Art Director

Dizzy Gillespie

Song

Ron Gillham

Key Grip

Gary Goch

Associate Producer

Ken Goch

Assistant Director

Alan Goluboff

Assistant Director

Neil Grieve

Assistant Editor

Wayne Griffin

Sound Editor

Joe Grimaldi

Sound

Tom Hanrath

Sound Editor

Bill Harman

Construction

Karen Hazzard

Casting

Ann Heeley-ray

Sound Editor

Ken Heeley-ray

Sound Supervisor

Ken Heeley-ray

Post-Production Supervisor

Chris Holmes

Gaffer

Joanne Jackson

Production Accountant

Lynda Kemp

Wardrobe Supervisor

Gordon Lagevin

Camera Assistant

Marci Liroff

Casting

Suzanne Lore

Production Coordinator

Michael Macdonald

Location Manager

Martin Malivoire

Special Effects

Blanche Mcdermaid

Script Supervisor

Mary E. Mcleod

Costumes

Gavin Mitchell

Art Director

Reginald Morris

Dp/Cinematographer

Reginald Morris

Director Of Photography

Frank Morrone

Music

Cindy Morton

Location Manager

Denise Mulvey

Other

Alexander Musichuk

Other

Charles Northcote

Advisor

Harald Ortenburger

Camera Operator

Joanne Pascuito

Casting

Malcolm Rennings

Boom Operator

Deborah Scheufler

Song Performer

Jim Sentz

Song Performer

Jean Shepherd

Source Material (From Novel)

Jean Shepherd

Screenplay

Marcia Shulman

Casting

Marilyn Stonehouse

Production Manager

Shin Sugino

Photography

The Andrews Sisters

Song Performer

Meredith Wilson

Song

Paul J Zaza

Music

Carl Zittrer

Music

Photo Collections

A Christmas Story - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster from A Christmas Story (1983). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
A Christmas Story - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from A Christmas Story (1983). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, taken for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.

Film Details

Also Known As
Christmas Story, En julber├Ąttelse, Un cuento de Navidad
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Family
Holiday
Adaptation
Children
Tweens
Release Date
1983
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Chicago, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Articles

A Christmas Story - Special Edition - A Christmas Story (Two Disc-Special Edition)


Who would ever have expected a perennial Christmas favorite from the man who gave the screen the teen raunch-fest Porky's (1981) and the grisley Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1972)? But that's exactly what Canadian-born director Bob Clark did. In fact, the 1984 A Christmas Story was the first film he directed after the Porky's sequel, Porky's II: The Next Day (1983).

At the time, most critics credited A Christmas Story's success to Jean Shepherd, who wrote the memoir on which it was based, along with providing the film's narration and playing an angry department story customer. But Bob Clark deserves credit for the offbeat casting of Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin as Shepherd's parents. Both were better known for more dramatic work - Dillon as an Oscar® nominated supporting actress in Absence of Malice (1981) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and McGavin as star of the TV horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Clark also assembled a wonderful cast of children, chief among them Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, the boy whose greatest dream was to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Billingsley had first drawn notice as Messy Marvin in a series of commercials for Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, then starred in the horror film Death Valley (1982). But it's A Christmas Story for which he will always be remembered.

Whoever gets the credit, A Christmas Story was a surprise hit, grossing $18 million in the U.S. on a budget of only $4 million. It also brought Clark Genie Awards (the Canadian version of the Oscar) for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Now Warner Video has released a special a two-disc DVD special edition of A Christmas Story in celebration of its 20th Anniversary. Disc one contains an all new digital transfer in both full-screen and widescreen formats plus full length audio commentaries by Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and director/co-scenarist Bob Clark. Disc two contains a pile of wonderful extras; original readings by Jean Shepherd (who narrates A Christmas Story), two featurettes, a documentary, interactive trivia, hidden Easter eggs and more.

After watching A Christmas Story the question most people have is "whatever happened to Peter Billingsley. Well, he continued acting into his adult years, starring in the 1995 comedy series Sherman Oaks, but does most of his work today writing and directing music videos. Another of the film's children has also gone on to fame of a very different kind. Scott Schwartz, who played Flick after co-starring with Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason in The Toy (1982), has carved out a niche of his own - as an actor in adult videos.

For more information about A Christmas Story - Special Edition, visit Warner Video. To order A Christmas Story - Special Edition, go to TCM Shopping.

by Frank Miller
A Christmas Story - Special Edition - A Christmas Story (Two Disc-Special Edition)

A Christmas Story - Special Edition - A Christmas Story (Two Disc-Special Edition)

Who would ever have expected a perennial Christmas favorite from the man who gave the screen the teen raunch-fest Porky's (1981) and the grisley Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1972)? But that's exactly what Canadian-born director Bob Clark did. In fact, the 1984 A Christmas Story was the first film he directed after the Porky's sequel, Porky's II: The Next Day (1983). At the time, most critics credited A Christmas Story's success to Jean Shepherd, who wrote the memoir on which it was based, along with providing the film's narration and playing an angry department story customer. But Bob Clark deserves credit for the offbeat casting of Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin as Shepherd's parents. Both were better known for more dramatic work - Dillon as an Oscar® nominated supporting actress in Absence of Malice (1981) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and McGavin as star of the TV horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Clark also assembled a wonderful cast of children, chief among them Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, the boy whose greatest dream was to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Billingsley had first drawn notice as Messy Marvin in a series of commercials for Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, then starred in the horror film Death Valley (1982). But it's A Christmas Story for which he will always be remembered. Whoever gets the credit, A Christmas Story was a surprise hit, grossing $18 million in the U.S. on a budget of only $4 million. It also brought Clark Genie Awards (the Canadian version of the Oscar) for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Now Warner Video has released a special a two-disc DVD special edition of A Christmas Story in celebration of its 20th Anniversary. Disc one contains an all new digital transfer in both full-screen and widescreen formats plus full length audio commentaries by Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and director/co-scenarist Bob Clark. Disc two contains a pile of wonderful extras; original readings by Jean Shepherd (who narrates A Christmas Story), two featurettes, a documentary, interactive trivia, hidden Easter eggs and more. After watching A Christmas Story the question most people have is "whatever happened to Peter Billingsley. Well, he continued acting into his adult years, starring in the 1995 comedy series Sherman Oaks, but does most of his work today writing and directing music videos. Another of the film's children has also gone on to fame of a very different kind. Scott Schwartz, who played Flick after co-starring with Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason in The Toy (1982), has carved out a niche of his own - as an actor in adult videos. For more information about A Christmas Story - Special Edition, visit Warner Video. To order A Christmas Story - Special Edition, go to TCM Shopping. by Frank Miller

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Released in United States November 1983

Released in United States Fall November 18, 1983

Released in United States Fall November 18, 1983

Released in United States November 1983