A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

DVD - 2006
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A young boy must convince his parents that a toy rifle is the only Christmas gift that will make Christmas worthwhile. Not only do his parents face what many other parents do during that time of the year, but their actions fit in with the All-American Christmas.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment : Warner Bros. Home Video [distributor], [2006], ©1983
ISBN: 9781419847752
1419847759
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ch
Description: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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"You'll shoot your eye out!" is not what Ralphie wants to hear when he asks for the best Christmas present in the world--a Red Rider BB gun. A funny, heartwarming movie.


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BBRUTTIG
Jul 22, 2020

A CLASSIC baby boomer XMAS memory movie. for the whole family.

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reginator_22
Jun 23, 2020

I'll take Home Alone over this movie anytime! This is a Christmas classic? Not to me. That final Chinese restaurant scene was very cringeworthy and racist. Not a must watch in my estimation. Very overrated movie.

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iloveseaotters
Dec 18, 2019

I have loved this movie ever since I first saw it in the movie theatre back in1993 with my grandmother. It's hilarious and heartwarming, to say the least. I don't even mind watching it 24/7 on Christmas Eve. I laugh every time I watch it no matter how often. I love the nostalgia, the acting and the humor. It's a Christmas classic!

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kvanmooresma
Nov 25, 2019

Okay, look. I know that this is a cult classic and everybody LOVES it, but I just don't get it. I'm not sure if it's because I didn't see it as a kid or if I just have the wrong sense of humor, but it's just ...fine.

A masterpiece, simply the best Christmas movie ever made. I just want to know who was smart enough to cast Darren McGavin as The Old Man.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

I just strongly dislike this movie so much. I don't see why it has become a cult classic.

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DUVIDL
Jan 05, 2019

Forget the depressing, 'shoved-down-your-throat' ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE (It AIN'T). THIS is the one to watch over and over again! The wackiness works beautifully because it never strays out of the realm of reality! And, despite what some critics have said, this is a marvelously FUNCTIONAL family in which Momma and the Old Man are Equal Partners! Say, JDHasty (does that refer to your romantic life?): Are you sure you haven`t confused the original film with the musical? I watched that last night and your review fit IT to a 'T'!

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 10, 2018

Holds up to repeated semi-annual viewings, the characters are nicely over-the-top, characterized truly from a kid's point of view. Nostalgia with a nice twist, you might recognize yourself or a situation whether alive during this era or not.This familiarity is how A Christmas Story has accrued its classic status.
I remember when it was first released and the timing was awkward, it was out a couple of weeks too soon before Christmas to gain a huge holiday audience. Nonetheless as word got around over the years it gained status as a viewing tradition for many families. Not easy to compete with It's A Wonderful Life but this one is right up there. Solid storytelling and period design is spot on.

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JDHasty
Nov 30, 2018

This is one of the worst movies it has been my displeasure to have been exposed to. If anyone shows up at my home with a copy they will be disinvited (they cannot claim to have not been forewarned), never to be invited back and if I am somewhere where it is playing I disinvite myself.

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swyckl
Apr 23, 2018

I semi-liked this family Christmas DVD. It was produced in 1983 attempting to replicate the 1940-1950 style. Using old props and retro clothes, the dialogue attempts to communicate the strong morals society and family values lived by in this time period. Religion and living your life with the 10 commandments was prevalent in early history. Some old-fashioned humor was applied in this movie. It effectively shows what life was like without all the new technology kids grow up to in our current life style. It is good for all ages. It is not too sexual for kids. There is some minor violence in the film which may scare the very young children. The story was not strong enough to hold my interest 100%. An adult may get bored watching this film. It is well acted.

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reginator_22
Jun 23, 2020

Scut Farkus: Listen, jerk! When I tell you to come, you better come.

[Ralphie quivers]

Scut Farkus: What, you're gonna cry now? Come on, crybaby! Cry for me, come on! CRY!

[mimicking Ralphie crying and laughing, Ralphie begins to glare at him]

Ralphie as an Adult: [narrating] Deep within the recesses of my brain, a tiny red hot little flame began to grow.

[Ralph finally lunges at Scut for a final showdown]

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stephaniedchase
Dec 23, 2013

All of the lines about getting ready to go to school and putting on layers and layers remind me of my own childhood: "Getting ready to go to school was like getting ready for extended deep-sea diving"; "My kid brother looked like a tick about to pop!"; "I can't put my arms down!"
"Well... put your arms down when you get to school."

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stephaniedchase
Dec 23, 2013

"You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

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amatrixlibrorum
Dec 18, 2013

"My little brother had not eaten voluntarily in over three years."

laustcawz Mar 01, 2012

"I TRIPLE-DOG-DARE you!!!!"

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bdls206
Jul 22, 2011

Ralphie: I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!
Mrs. Parker: No, you'll shoot your eye out.

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bdls206
Jul 22, 2011

Mr. Parker: He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.
Mother: He does not!
Mr. Parker: He does too, he looks like a pink nightmare!

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bdls206
Jul 22, 2011

Mr. Parker: Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.
Mrs. Parker: Uh, I think that says FRAGILE, dear.
Mr. Parker: Oh, yeah.

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bdls206
Jul 22, 2011

Ralphie: Oooh fuuudge!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Only I didn't say "Fudge." I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!
Mr. Parker: [stunned] *What* did you say?
Ralphie: Uh, um...
Mr. Parker: That's... what I thought you said. Get in the car. Go on!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] It was all over - I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Hmmph. Mere child's play compared to what surely awaited me.

austentatious May 25, 2011

"Not a finger!!" - Mr. Parker

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Dec 18, 2017

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Dec 24, 2016

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Jul 22, 2011

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reginator_22
Jun 23, 2020

Other: Alcohol consumption

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KstateSis
Dec 16, 2011

Coarse Language: This Movie has some language

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bdls206
Jul 22, 2011

Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940's.

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