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"A Christmas Story" 1983 Movie


official logo for "A Christmas Story" [1983]           

synopses & history

the movie

the sequels

stageplays, other media

author Jean Shepherd
other principals

merchandise

links

           still photo of Ralphie and Santa from "A Christmas Story" [1983]


Synopses

           Days after

History of The Films
           Days after



Bob Clark won Oscar for Best Director  won Oscar for Best Script Adaptation    "A Christmas Story"
[M.G.M. Nov 1983]

official movie site
film credits at Internet Movie Database
film entry at Wikipedia

A Christmas Story movie classic directed by Bob Clark  
A Christmas Story movie poster directed by Bob Clark  
Set in northern Indiana in 1940; young Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas, an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock. His attempts to convince the world of the rightness of his quest run into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself.
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Bob Clark; co-written by Leigh Brown & Jean Shepherd, based on stories by Jean Shepherd; starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, R.D. Robb, Tedde Moore, Yano Anaya & Zack Ward, narrated by Jean Shepherd; won Genie Awards for Best Director & Best Script Adaptation, nominated for 7 others including Best Picture; W.G.A. nom for Best Adapted Script
Warner Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2008] for $15.99
Warner Home Video Collectors Edition widescreen color DVD [11/2008] 2 disks for $30.99
Warner Special Edition widescreen color DVD [11/2008] 2 disks for $23.99
Warner Special Edition widescreen color DVD [10/2003] 2 disks out of prodn/many used
Warner Home Video color VHS [9/2000] out of prodn/many used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
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A Christmas Story, The Stories That Inspired The Hilarious Classic 1973 Film by Jean Shepherd  "A Christmas Story: The {Stories} That Inspired The Hilarious Classic Film"
[2003] by Jean Shepherd

These five tales originally appeared in Playboy Magazine in 1964, 1965 & 1966 and in the collections "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" [1966] and "Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories" [1971].
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [10/2010] for $9.99
Broadway Books 7¾x5¼ hardcover [10/2003] for $10.17
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The  Sequels

"My Summer Story" [M.G.M. Sept 1994]
My Summer Story / It Runs In The Family sequel movie  Released as "It Runs In The Family"; Ralphie is on a quest for the perfect spinning top to beat the school bully, The Old Man is feuding with hillbilly neighbors and their hounds, and Mother is determined to win all the pieces of a glass china set at a local movie theater. Co-written & directed by Bob Clark; co-written by Leigh Brown & Jean Shepherd, based on stories by Jean Shepherd; starring Kieran Culkin, Charles Grodin, Mary Steenburgen, Christian Culkin
M.G.M. Video widescreen color DVD [8/2006] for $15.99
M.G.M. Video color VHS [4/97] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"A Christmas Story 2" video release [Warner Bros. Oct 2012]
logo for "A Christmas Story 2" video sequel  Filmed in several towns in British Columbia, Canada includingVancouver; circa 1945 teenager Ralph wants a car and he dreams of a date with the prettiest girl in school; The Old Man won't pay 40¢ a pound for turkey, so he schemes to capture a fish for Christmas dinner; and little Randy is into space alien movies. • Co-produced & directed by Brian Levant; adaptation & narration by Nat Mauldin; starring Braeden Lemasters, Daniel Stern, Stacey Travis, Valin Shinyei, Tiera Skovbye, David Buehrle, David W. Thompson & Garry Chalk
Warner Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo pack [10/2012] 2 disks for $19.96
Warner Home Video widescreen color DVD [10/2012] for $4.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [1:55] at YouTube


Stageplays  &  Other  Media

A Christmas Story soundtrack album   "A Christmas Story" soundtrack albums
WaterTower Music MP3 album [10/2012] 20 tracks for $6.99
WaterTower Music soundtrack CD [10/2012] 20 tracks for $9.99
Rhino/WEA soundtrack CD [10/2009] 20 tracks for $14.39
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"A Christmas Story: The Musical" [2010]
A Christmas Story The Musical Broadway cast recording   World premiere in Seattle in 2010 with Clarke Hallum {as Ralphie}, narrator Tom Wopat, Broadway vets Liz Callaway & John Bolton; Broadway run Nov-Dec 2012 with Johnny Rabe & Joe West {as Ralphie}, John Bolton, Erin Dilly & Caroline O'Connor, narration by Dan Lauria Book by Joseph Robinette; music & lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Masterworks Seattle cast recording audio CD [10/2012] 18 tracks for $12.99
Masterworks Seattle cast recording MP3 album [10/2012] 18 tracks for $10.99
full credits at IBDbofficial Broadway show site



Jean  Shepherd [1921-99]
"He really formed my entire comedic sensibility – I learned how to do comedy from Jean Shepherd." — Jerry Seinfeld
browse booksJC's Jean Shepherd fansiteIMDb listingWikipedia
Hammond, Indiana's Jean Shepherd 2008 tribute video [12:30] on YouTube

"Excelsior, You Fathead! The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd" [2005] by Eugene B. Bergmann

Jean Shepherd's radio shows from the 50s, 60s & 70s at archive.org

"I, Libertine" [1956 novel] as 'Frederick R. Ewing', co-written with Theodore Sturgeon
"The Night People vs Creeping Meatballism" from Mad Magazine issue #32 (March–April 1957)"
"The America of George Ade" [1960] edited and introduced by Jean Shepherd
"In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" [storoes 1966]
"Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories - and Other Disasters" [1971]
"Jean Shepherd's America" half-hour TV series [1971 & 1985] /tt0159846/
"The Ferrari In The Bedroom" [1972]
"The Phantom of The Open Hearth" TV movie) [1976] /tt0202527/
"The Phantom of The Open Hearth" [stories 1978]
"A Fistful of Fig Newtons" [1981]
"Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss" TV movie [1988] /tt0098023/
"A Christmas Story" posthumous collection [2003] {see above}



Other  Principals

director Bob Clark [1939-2007]

ClarkWorld documentary film by Deren Abram  "ClarkWorld" documentary [2009]
Filmmaker Abram worked for ten years with Bob Clark, until Clark was killed by a drunk driver; 72-minute documentary features cast & crew of Clark's "Porky's" movies and "A Christmas Story" Co-produced, written & directed by Deren Abram
Passion River widescreen color DVD [11/2009] for $22.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site



Ralphie
Peter Billingsley, in "ACS 1"
Kieran Culkin, in "MSS"
Braeden Lemasters, as teen in "ACS 2"
Johnny Rabe & Joe West, on Broadway

Mom
Melinda Dillon, in "ACS 1"
Mary Steenburgen, in "MSS"
Stacey Travis, in "ACS 2"
Erin Dilly, on Broadway

The Old Man
Darren McGavin, in "ACS 1"
Charles Grodin, in "MSS"
Daniel Stern, in "ACS 2"
John Bolton, on Broadway

Randy
Ian Petrella, in "ACS 1"
Christian Culkin, in "MSS"
Valin Shinyei, in "ACS 2"
Zac Ballard, on Broadway



Merchandise

A Christmas Story full-size replica leg lamp  
"A Christmas Story Full-Size 45-inch Leg Lamp"
from A Christmas Story House

45-inch tall leg lamp, with 3-way switch [2010] for $149.99
A Christmas Story 26-inch desktop leg lamp   "A Christmas Story 26-inch Desktop Leg Lamp"
from A Christmas Story House

26-inch desktop leg lamp, with 3-way switch [2010] for $79.99

"A Christmas Story 20-inch Desktop Leg Lamp" from NECA
20-inch desktop leg lamp, with 3-way switch [2003] for $39.98

A Christmas Story Collector's Edition Monopoly board game from Parker Brothers  "A Christmas Story Collector's Edition Monopoly" Board Game [2008]
multi-player board game age 8 & up [2008] out of prodn/scarce
more branded Monopoly™ games at Spirit of America Bookstore's Monopoly™ Game Page
A Christmas Story Party Game board game from NECA   "A Christmas Story: The Party Game" Board Game [2011]
board game for 2-4 players age 14 & up [2011] for $28.44

Daisy Red Ryder Range Model Air Rifle BB Gun  
Daisy Red Ryder Range Model Air Rifle BB Gun in 135th Anniversary retro box  
"Official 125th Anniversary Daisy Red Ryder Range Model Air Rifle BB Gun" from A Christmas Story House
650-shot lever action BB gun in retro box [2012] for $69.99
Daisy Outdoor Products Red Ryder 35.4-inch BB Gun
650-shot lever action BB gun [2000?] for $24.99 {sic}
Daisy Outdoor Products BB-gun Ammo
2500-count zinc-plated BBs for $4.47
6000-count zinc-plated BBs for $13.79

Daisy Ryder Cowboy Carbine tin sign (orange)
Red Ryder
1000-shot Carbine

12½"x16" tin sign
for $9.15
from Amazon
Red Ryder It's a Daisy tin sign
Red Ryder
It's a Daisy™

12½"x16½" tin sign
for $16.90
from Amazon


L i n k s
"A Christmas Story" official movie site
"A Christmas Story" film credits at Internet Movie Database
"A Christmas Story" film entry at Wikipedia
'A Christmas Story House' Museum & Gift Shop in Cleveland, Ohio
JC's Jean Shepherd fansite


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