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  • Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
  • UPC #883929034604
  • Model #883929034604



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      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, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Comedy Drama
    Movie Level Themes
      Bullies, Eccentric Families, Mischievous Children
    Movie Level Tones
      Irreverent, Warm, Witty, Endearing, Humorous, Nostalgic, Madcap, Gentle

    DVD Features

    • Commentary by Peter Billingsley and Director/Co-Writer Bob Clark
    • 20th- Anniversary Documentary Another Christmas Story
    • 2 Festive featurettes: Daisy Red Ryder: A History and Get a Leg Up Script Pages
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • 1984--Genie Awards, Tedde Moore-Nominee
    • 1984--Genie Awards, Reginald Morris-Nominee
    • 1984--Genie Awards, Stan Cole-Nominee
    • 1984--Genie Awards, Bob Clark-Winner
    • 1984--Genie Awards, Ken Heeley-Ray-Nominee
    • 1984--Genie Awards, Wayne Griffin-Nominee
    • 1984--Genie Awards, David Evans-Nominee
    • 1984--Genie Awards, Dino Pigat-Nominee
    AMG Rating


      Marketed somewhat confusingly as a family film by the director of Porky's, Bob Clark's A Christmas Story took a while to catch on. But video and cable have conspired to boost its reputation into that of a latter-day holiday classic, and deservedly so. Its secret may be its ability to appeal to both children and adults. Clark wonderfully captures both Jean Shepherd's period detail (that's not just any BB-gun, it's a Red Ryder BB Gun) and, even more importantly, his ability to tell the story from a child's point of view. The film is plenty nostalgic, but it also captures the frustration and occasionally the outright terror of childhood and the absurdity of adult behavior. Of course, the earthy, bawdy humor doesn't hurt nor does the fact that Shepherd himself provides the near-constant narration. ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi


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