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.
My top 10 favorite quotes From ‘A Christmas Story’
The Museum has recently acquired the movie prop and added it to their collection. Needless to say, this beloved BB gun has always been the most sought-after prop for fans of the movie. Although Daisy did produce 6 guns for use in the movie, before then the Red Ryder model with a compass and sundial had never existed. Author Gene Shepherd had created this fantasy rifle, possibly confusing it with the Buck Jones rifle that Daisy had manufactured, which did have a compass and sundial. That is, until a fan reached out to us with a promising lead! The fan contacted us with a direct link to a listing from a collectibles company, The Prop Master. After a little research, we learned that this particular gun had been owned by a gentleman named Gary Meck.
Share celebrity photos or facts. The last scene of the movie which shows the Parker family eating dinner at a Chinese restaurant is probably the most genuine scene of the movie as the actors really had no idea that the Chinese waiters were going to warble. The actors didn't really have to feign a laugh, it came naturally. The memories we all have with this heartwarming story just makes me feel like one of those cloyingly mawkish mommies who will have tears welled up instantly when she goes through family albums. This movie gets itself stuck on us just like the way Flick gets his tongue stuck to a flagpole. Every little precocious bespectacled blither reminds us of Ralphie and that dropping of "fudge" word scene seems so damn associable, we're sure like him, your first ever F bomb dropping must have yielded in well-earned punishment. The reason why this story is so relatable is because - we all are, as the Parker family, a little okay, total bonkers, where every normal situation is prone to morph into a hilarious snafu.
A Christmas Story is a film, set in the s, about a boy who has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the.
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Toggle navigation User area. Toggle search bar. Plot — Ralphie Parker is an American nine-year-old boy. When Christmas approaches, he begins to think about the gifts he would like to receive, as all his peers do. His biggest dream is to own a Red Ryder automatic rifle, equiped of shots. Both the mother and the teacher don't agree with his choice because they judge the toy too dangerous. At school and at home, Ralphie often has forbidden dreams about the rifle and he has fun with his friends and with his younger brother Randy.
In my opinion, nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit more than the movie, 'A Christmas Story. You might think there are some movies that are better, and you may be right. To me, however, nothing says Christmastime quite like the tale of Ralphie and the dysfunctional but loving Parker family. I've seen it from start to finish an estimated times. Nothing ever changes about the movie, aside from the addition of HD technology. I can still remember growing up and being able to relate to a lot of aspects of the movie. If you agree, even slightly, I have compiled a list of my favorite quotes from the movie.