A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, with some elements derived from Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories. It was directed by Bob Clark. The film has since become a holiday classic and is shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season on the American network TBS, often in a 24-hour marathon.
The film earned director Clark two Genie Awards.
Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and “this thing which tells time.” Ralphie’s desire is refuted with his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a department store Santa Claus, all giving him the same warning: “you’ll shoot your eye out.”
Christmas morning arrives and Ralphie dives into his presents. Although he does receive some presents he enjoys, Ralphie ultimately is disappointed that he did not receive the one thing he wanted more than anything. After it appears all of the presents have been opened, Ralphie’s father, who is referred to throughout the film as “The Old Man”, directs Ralphie to look at one last present that he had hidden. Ralphie opens it to reveal the Red Ryder gun he wanted.
Ralphie takes the gun outside and fires it at a target perched on a metal sign in the backyard. However, the BB ricochets back at Ralphie and knocks his glasses off. While searching for them, thinking he has indeed shot his eye out, Ralphie steps on his glasses and breaks them. In order to cover for the fact that he broke his glasses, Ralphie tells his mother that a falling icicle was responsible for the accident. His mother, not having seen what actually happened, believes him.
The film ends with Ralphie lying in bed on Christmas night with his gun by his side. A voiceover by an adult Ralphie states that this was the best present he had ever received or would ever receive.
CELEBRITY PARENTS MAGAZINE: A CHRISTMAS STORY ISSUE
|VOL V, ISSUE XXXVII||CELEBRITY PARENTS MAGAZINE|
|COVER||A CHRISTMAS STORY|
|AUTHOR’S CORNER||TISHA MORRIS|
|BOOK BAG||MIND BODY HOME: TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE ONE ROOM AT A TIME|
|BEHIND THE SCENES WITH||THE CAST FROM A CHRISTMAS STORY|
|HEALTH||PURELL HOLIDAY HAND SANITIZERS|
|PETS||KEEPING PETS HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS|
|HOMESTYLE||HOW TO SET A HOLIDAY TABLE|
|FASHION||SEXY STRETCH PANTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS|
|RELATIONSHIPS||HOW TO SHARE THE KIDS DURING THE HOLIDAYS|
|CRAFTS||HOW TO ROCK A GINGERBREAD HOUSE|
|MUSIC||LAURA DOHERTY: IN A HEARTBEAT|
|DVD||MY LITTLE PONY: CLASSIC MOVIE COLLECTION|
|BABY/KIDS||BABY NAMES INSPIRED BY DISNEY CHARACTERS|
|PREGNANCY||HOW TO DEAL WITH THE HUNGER!|
|COOKING WITH THE KIDDOS||PEANUT BUTTER REINDEER COOKIES|
|TECHTIME||TOP CHRISTMAS APPS|
|AT THE OFFICE||HOW TO WORK DURING THE HOLIDAYS|
|TOY TIME||HOTTEST HOLIDAY TOYS OF 2013|
|MONEY MATTERS||WHEN THE GRANDPARENTS SPOIL THE KIDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS|