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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story, movie, image,
This image was scanned from an original Lobby Card in the Northernstars Collection.

93 minutes – Comedy
Release date: November 18, 1983
Distributor: MGM/UA Entertainment

A Christmas Story, based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and broadcaster Jean Shepherd, is set in Hohman, Indiana, a fictionalized version of Shepherd`s hometown of Hammond, Indiana. Nine-year-old Ralph “Ralphie” Parker (Peter Billingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass set into the wooden stock. While using various schemes to convince his parents to get him this gift, he continually bumps into objections from others saying, “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Made for about 4-million dollars, A Christmas Story grossed over 19-million and has become a perennial holiday favorite. Essentially a grouping of vignettes about family life in small-town America in the mid-1940s, this Norman Rockwell-like portrait of Middle America narrated in places by Shepherd himself, has become a staple of holiday television viewing – rivaling It’s a Wonderful Life for repeated showings. It is remarkably true to the spirit of its original source material without being cloyingly sentimental or phony. A US-Canada co-production, the film was nominated in 1984 for nine Genie Awards, winning for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Also see: A Christmas Story, 25 Years and Still Going Strong

The poster and lobby card above (one of eight) were scanned from originals in the Northernstars Collection.

A Christmas Story, movie, poster,



Bob Clark
René Dupont

Associate Producer:

Gary Goch


Bob Clark


Jean Shepherd
Leigh Brown
Bob Clark


Reginald H. Morris


Stan Cole


Paul Zaza
Carl Zittrer

Production Designer:

Reuben Freed

Art Director:

Gavin Mitchell

Costume Designer:

Mary E. McLeod

Cast: Roles:

Peter Billingsley
Melinda Dillon
Darren McGavin
Scott Schwartz
Ian Petrella
Tedde Moore
R.D. Robb
Zack Ward
Yano Anaya
Jeff Gillen
Les Carlson
Jim Hunter
Patty Johnson
Drew Hocevar
David Svoboda
Dwayne McLean
Helen E. Kaider
Jean Shepherd
John Wong

The Old Man
Miss Shields
Scut Farkus
Grover Dill
Santa Claus
Christmas Tree Man
Freight Man
Head Elf
Male Elf
Kid with Goggles
Black Bart
Wicked Witch
Ralphie as an Adult (voice)
Chinese Father