DVD 94 mins IMDB 8.1 (24,951 votes) top 250: #161
A Christmas Story - Special Edition
Warner Brothers (1983)
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Comedy, Family
USA  /  English

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
Fred Lee Own Waiter #2
Colin Fox Ming the Merciless (scenes deleted)
Paul Hubbard Flash Gordon (scenes deleted)
Leslie Carlson Tree Man (as Les Carlson)
Jim Hunter Freight Man
Patty Johnson Head Elf

Director Bob Clark (III); Bob Clark
Producer Bob Clark; Rene Dupont
Writer Jean Shepherd; Leigh Brown; Bob Clark
Cinematography Reginald H. Morris
Musician Paul Zaza; Carl Zittrer
User Credit 1 Stan Cole
User Credit 2 Mary E. McLeod

Nine years after the Yuletide slasher flick Black Christmas, Porky's director Bob Clark once again took on the holiday genre, switching from gasps to laughs with A Christmas Story. Adapted from a memoir by humorist Jean Shepherd (who narrates), the film centers on Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearning for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother (Melinda Dillon) that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to enlist the assistance of both his teacher and Santa Claus. All the while, Ralphie finds himself dealing with the constant taunts of a pair of bullies and trying to not get in the middle of a feud between his mother and father (Darren McGavin) regarding a sexy lamp. — Matthew Tobey

Edition Details
Barcode 012569504424
Region Region 1
Chapters 32
Release Date 9/28/1999
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Dolby
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User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 2 A Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas...
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Trivia: Jean Shepherd's book "In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash", which the film is partly based on, is a collection of short stories that Jean Shepherd wrote for "Playboy" magazine during the 1960s. (more)

Goofs: Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the lamp breaks it makes the noise of glass breaking, but later Melinda Dillon reveals to her husband that it was made of plastic. (more)

Mr. Parker: Holy smokes. Do... Do you know what this is? This is... A lamp!
Narrator: It was indeed a lamp.
Mr. Parker: Isn't that great? What a great lamp.
Mother: I don't know...
Narrator: The old man's eyes boggled...
Mr. Parker: Oh WOW!
Narrator: ...Overcome by art.

Awards: 2 wins & 11 nominations (more)