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A Christmas Story

A movie directed by Bob Clark

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A Christmas Story Will Never Die, As Long As You Don't Let It.

  • Mar 7, 2011
Rating:
+5
This is one movie that you can never get tired of seeing. This was made in 1983 and depicted the 1940's, and every time that I watch this it makes me take a step back in time. Ralphie (played by Peter Billingsley)a 9 year old boy tries to trick his parents in getting the toy of the season and that was a Red Ryder BB gun, at that time this was every little boy's dream. Ralphie goes to the extent to leaving hints all the way up to Christmas Eve. They reside in a small town in Indiana, and every time that he brings up the BB gun his parents or someone responds that he would shoot his eye out, including his parents, teachers, friends, and even Santa Claus. A lot of other versions have come and gone but none is as good as the original version.

They have built in a lot of funny scenes such as what he got for Christmas from his Aunt, and that was a full length bunt suit that his Mother made him try on. Plus, there is that  myth busting scene about whether or not your tongue will stick to a frozen metal pole and then the fire department is called. From their wild neighbor's dogs tearing into the kitchen and taking the holiday turkey and the bullies chasing them after school, to the ever famous leg lamp that The old man Mr. Parker (played by Darren McGavin) was so proud of winning.

There is laughter and stunts that even I remember as a kid. You will never  get to old to watch this movie or to introduce this to your kids. If you have a chance to see this live on stage, take my word for it you and your family will enjoy it immensely.  The geeky outfits that they wore in the 1940's is just the way that things were back then. The thick glasses that area worn throughout the movie and long skirts that the mother wears, Mrs. Parker (played by Melinda Dillon) depicts the era to a tee.

Cast
This movie is rated PG and lasts one hour and 35 minutes. Produced by Rene Dupont and Bob Clark. The cast includes Mrs. Parker (played by Melinda Dillon), The old Man Mr. Parker (played by Darren McGavin), Ralphie Parker (played by Peter Billingsley), Randy Parker (played by Ian Petrella), Flick (played by Scott Swartz), Swartz (played by R.D. Robb),Miss shields (played by Tedde Moore),Grover Dill (played by Yano Anaya), Scot Farcus (played by Zack Ward),Santa Claus (played by Jeff Gillen), Ming the merciless (played by Colin fox), Flash Gordon (played by Paul Hubbard), Tree Man (played by Leslie Carlton), freight man (played by Jim Hunter), Head Elf (Patty Johnson).

Conclusion
You can't beat that good old-fashioned cinema, even the now generation of kids will love the funny antics of Ralphie and the old man. They can also relate to the bullying that is going on now to what was happening in the 1940's. Bullying, was there then, and it is still here now, some things just never change. Even if your child does not believe in Santa this movie will still get them excited for Christmas no matter what time of year that you watch this. This may not have all of those special effects that the newer movies have but this will definitely take you back in time. As your kids get older this is a  must see and one that you should pass onto them so that their kids can see it and keep their hopes alive.


Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8
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March 07, 2011
Agreed. The film is a classic. It'll be around forever.
 
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review by . December 27, 2006
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Jean Shepherd's 'A Christmas Story' deserves to be the classic it is. It is a likable reminiscence of a Christmas past when the author's near self, Ralphie, yearns to get an airrifle for Christmas. He makes every hint possible, but is always rebuffed with the counsel, "You'll shoot your eye out." In the midst of his unfulfilled desire, is the usual hijinx with his school teacher and the pursuit of the neighborhood bullies.    Much of the movie is episodic with fun scenes that …
review by . November 30, 2005
The first time I watched this movie was at the age of ten and I love it ever since. Ralphie and his obsession with a Red Ryder BB gun is an annual classic. I think that everyone can relate to Ralphie's Old Man and his mother. Randy the little brother is adorable too. I watch this movie every year during the holidays. I laugh ever time I watch it. I think that everybody should have this movie it makes a very good Christmas present.    Set in the 40s, for those who grow up in the …
review by . December 16, 2003
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review by . May 04, 2003
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This is one movie that you can never get tired of seeing. This was made in 1983 and depicted the 1940's, and every time that I watch this it makes me take a step back in time. Ralphie (played by Peter Billingsley)a 9 year old boy tries to trick his parents in getting the toy of the season and that was a Red Ryder BB gun, at that time this was every little boy's dream. Ralphie goes to the extent to leaving hints all the way up to Christmas Eve. They reside in a small town in Indiana, and every time that he brings up the BB gun his parents or someone responds that he would shoot his eye out, including his parents, teachers, friends, and even Santa Claus. A lot of other versions have come and gone but none is as good as the original version.
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