A Christmas Story by Jean ShepherdA beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana—the book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film.
The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family’s typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.
This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker’s shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father’s pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie’s duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie’s unstoppable campaign to get Santa—or anyone else—to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”?
The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.
From the Hardcover edition.
What Ralphie REALLY wanted for Christmas
Over the years, this modest little movie has grown into a Yuletide perennial. One of the most beloved holiday movies largely owes its existence to an infamous, unabashedly crude teen comedy. Clark wound up driving around the block for almost an hour, glued to the radio until the program was over. At the time, he was a journeyman director who specialized in low-budget B movies. For years Clark tried to find a studio to finance the film. But none were interested. Which became a hit at the box office.
Between the captivating storytelling, quirky characters, and overall filming style, A Christmas Story has stood out compared to several other similarly-styled Christmas movies. Much like other movies that are regarded as classics, A Christmas Story has a lot of fascinating trivia behind the movie that many people might not be aware of. There are many iconic moments in A Christmas Story , but among the most popular scenes is when Ralphie says fudge. While many child actors are forced to grow up too fast, Billingsley had to do something on the set of A Christmas Story that no actor should ever have to do. Most actors chew on black licorice to make it seem like they are chewing the same stuff Cowboys did, but the prop department on A Christmas Story gave the child actor something they legitimately shouldn't have.
A seasonal classic in North America , it is shown numerous times on television, usually on the networks owned by the Turner Broadcasting System. The film was released on November 18, It earned two Canadian Genie Awards in and in was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film is presented in a series of vignettes, with narration provided by the adult Ralphie Parker reminiscing on one particular Christmas when he was nine years old. Ralphie's desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a Santa Claus at Higbee's department store, all giving him the same warning: "You'll shoot your eye out.
Personal Data Collected
Ralphie Parker is the main character from A Christmas Story. That song was great, The show is great, You guys are great, You're guys is part was great show". During the start of the of the movie, Ralphie was steering at that one thing he wanted more than anything else for Christmas, a Red Ryder Carbine-action shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and something that tells time a sundial. He acts his mother that he wanted a Red Ryder BB gun but she refuses and says "You'll shoot your eye out". Ralphie, his brother and his parents went to a local department store. He finally meet Santa Clause, and was asking him what do he want for Christmas but Ralphie was scared to say what he really wanted for Christmas. Santa replied "How about a football" and took Ralphie down an exit slide but then Ralphie was climbing backed up the slide and admitted he wanted a Red Ryder BB gun, and Santa tells him he will shoot his eye out once again and was pushed down the slide.