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A Christmas Story (1983)

US 93m, Colour
Director: Bob Clark; Cast: Peter Billingsley, Jean Shepherd, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Ian Petrella

A Christmas Story is the tale of Ralphie, a young boy who wants more than anything else, a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Presented as a series of narrated vignettes from the perspective of a child growing up in the late 1940s, this movie is now an American holiday television “tradition”. A Christmas Story is an entertaining and heartfelt movie without the phony sentimentality of most holiday films, as is Peter Billingsley, who is near perfect as the adorable Ralphie, who somehow avoids losing an eye (Klaus Ming May 2016).

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2 comments on “A Christmas Story (1983)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    05/18/2016

    I grew up listening to Jean Shepherd on the radio every night (45 minutes a night, after my bedtime so I listened with the clock radio at very low volume, in the dark).

    Later, I saw him perform live three times (including at Carnegie Hall), but I never really knew another fan.

    So, it was weird when this movie came out — suddenly my weird, personal enthusiasm was much more socially acceptable. 🙂

    • Klaus
      05/19/2016

      I’d not seen this movie and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it – especially not being a fan of holiday movies. Nor had I known of Jean Shepherd until now. I just watched a few You Tube videos of Shepherd, and am a fan. Funny guy, with a great delivery who seemed to have influenced a great many people.

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