• A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas Story

Release Date: November 18th, 1983

PG |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Cast: Melinda Dillon , Peter Billingsley , Darren McGavin , Scott Schwartz

Director: Bob Clark

Genres: Comedy , Family

Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    The cast is wonderful--especially McGavin, Billingsley and Petrella--the laughs are nonstop if rarely subtle, and the whole thing deserves to become a Christmastime classic. show more

  • 100
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    In short, A Christmas Story isn't just about Christmas; it's about childhood and it recaptures a time and place with love and wonder. It seems an instant classic, a film that will give pleasure to people not only this Christmas, but for many Christmases to come. [19 Nov 1983, p.1]

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    It's those moments and others and the way they are tied together by Shepherd's tongue-in-cheek narration that cements A Christmas Story as one of those rare must-see holiday movies, even for those who don't celebrate Christmas. show more

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