A Christmas Story

Daylen Irwin, Newspaper staff member

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Beginning: Set in an undeterminate year of the 1940s, Ralphie Parker is a nine year-old boy living in the small town of Hohman, Indiana. His older self narrates his experiences and thoughts through the short weeks before Christmas. As he, a few friends, and his younger brother Randy look into the display window of a local store, Ralphie has his eyes set on the only item he wants for Christmas; an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, with a compass in the stock and “this thing which tells time”.

Middle: On the way home, Ralphie, Flick, Schwartz, and Randy are confronted by a local bully named Scut Farkus and his toadie Grover Dill. Poor Schwartz is subjected to a painful hammerlock before they all run away, screaming shrilly, while Randy lags behind unable to keep up his thick winter clothing.

End: Ralphie takes aim, fires, and falls back; the pellet having bounced off the target and hitting him on the cheek, knocking his glasses off. Fearful for a second he actually did shoot his eye out, the half-blind Ralphie collects himself and looks for his glasses but accidentally steps on them, breaking them. Despondent he tries to think of a way to explain the accident to his mother and decides that an icicle falling off the garage would have to work. He fakes some tears and goes to his mother. She takes him to the bathroom upstairs to wash his face off and gives him an old pair of glasses to use.

The performances that Ralphie did was so good because he is a little kid, and because he is funny. Flick puts his tongue on the pole and it gets stuck, that that was very funny. Flick and Schwartz argue over what would happen should someone stick their tongue to a frozen pole, engaging in a delicate nuance of phrase during which Schwartz dares Flick to stick his tongue to the pole. Upon the dreaded triple-dog-dare, Flick puts his tongue to the pole to find it stuck tight. He starts screaming but the others run into school as the bell rings.

The movie was released in 1983 to mild success. It had slow opening weekend and didn’t even run through Christmas in most theaters in the U.S. Over the years, though, the movie grew in popularity, especially when TNT began airing it twenty-four hours a day in 1997 on Christmas and Christmas Eve.

Movie Facts

  1. The famous scene of Flick sticking his tongue to the pole was simulated.
  2. Several Ralphie fantasy sequences were filmed but later cut.
  3. Jack Nicholson was almost Ralphie’s dad.
  4. The department store kid with goggles wasn’t an actor, just a local kid.
  5. No one can figure out exactly when the movie takes place.
  6. Peter Billingsley kept famous memorabilia from filming.
  7. Billingsley has done than you think since A Christmas Story.
  8. The house from the film is located at 3159 W. 11th Street in Cleveland Ohio.
  9. A Christmas Story is a series of vignettes based on stories by author and radio personality, Jean Shepherd.

Writer Jean Shepherd and Director Bob Clark have cameos in the film.

This is the most popular scene in the movie. Schwartz triple-dog dares Flick to stick his tongue to the pole and it gets stuck. This is the funniest part.

Popular Quotes

  1. Randy hates meatloaf. Randy:Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double-beatloaf.
  2. I triple-Dog-Dare you! Flick: Are you kidding?
  3. The leg lamp catastrophe.
  4. Red Rider

Daddy’s gonna kill me Ralphie!.

I really like this movie a lot. In my opinion this is one of the best Christmas movies. It is so funny all through out the movie. Ralphie was so funny to me.