A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd’s semi-fictional anecdotes. It stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley and is a seasonal classic in North America. 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.
About A Christmas Story in brief
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd’s semi-fictional anecdotes. It stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley and is a seasonal classic in North America. 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. Some 8,000 actors auditioned for the role of Ralphie. In 2012, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being \”culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant\”. It is often ranked as one of the best Christmas films. In 2017, The screenplay for A Christmas Story’s sequel, My Summer Story, was ranked as higher than the Grinch – the film’s schoolyard bully, Scutus, was played by Zack Ward, now an actor, writer, and director, who had actually been bullied himself while in elementary school. It is shown numerous times on television, usually on the networks owned by WarnerMedia, and a marathon of the film has aired annually on TNT or TBS since 1997 titled \”24 Hours of A Christmas story\”, consisting of 12 consecutive airings of the movie from the evening of Christmas Eve to Christmas Day. It was released on November 18, 1983, earning two Canadian Genie Awards in 1984. In the DVD commentary, director Bob Clark mentions that Jack Nicholson was considered for therole of the Old Man; Clark expresses gratitude that he ended up withDarren McGavin instead, who later appeared in several other Clark films.
Ian Petrella was cast immediately before filming by Decree and Decree had previously appeared in Clark’s film Murder on the Decree. Tedde de Moore was the only on character from AChristmas Story who had been played by an old friend of Clark’s – Jeff Gillen was the same actor in the sequel, The Summer Story. The basis of the screenplay is a series. of monologues written and performed by Jean Shepherd on the radio. Several subplots are incorporated into the body of the. film, based on other separate short stories by Shepherd. Shepherd, Brown, and Clark have cameo appearances in the film: Shepherd plays the man who directs Ralphie and Randy to the back of the Santa line at the department store. Brown – Shepherd’s wife in real life – plays the woman in the Santa Line with Shepherd; Clark plays Swede, the neighbor the Oldman talks to outside during the Leg Lamp scene. Interspersed with the main story are several loosely related vignette involving the Parkers: Ralphie is disappointed that he did not receive the one thing that he wanted more than anything. Ralphie takes the gun outside and fires it at a target perched on a metal sign in the backyard. However, the BB ricochets back and knocks his glasses off. While searching for them, thinking that he has indeed shot his eye out, he steps on them and breaks them.