A Christmas Story

D: Bob Clark
MGM/UA (René DuPont & Bob Clark)
Canada/USA 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 1983
93 mins


W: Bob Clark, Leigh Brown & Jean Shepherd [based on the novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd]
DP: Reginald H. Morris
Ed: Stan Cole
Mus: Carl Zittrer & Paul Zaza

Peter Billingsley (Ralphie Parker), Melinda Dillon (Mrs. Parker), Darren McGavin (Mr. Parker), Ian Petrella (Randy Parker)

A huge Yuletide nostalgia comedy hit in the native US, but didn't do the same business in the UK and I kind of understand why.

From my point of view, I couldn't relate to it because it wasn't my childhood. Perhaps the reasons are both generational and geographical.

It's set in the late-40's and is told through the rather innocent eyes of a young boy in the build up to Christmas for which all he wants is a BB-gun.  He goes to school, looks after his kid brother, listens to radio shows and gets his mouth washed out with soap & water whenever he uses foul language.

It's not a bad film by any means and the kid steals the show without any doubt. I just couldn't relate to it. Give me A Christmas Carol anyday.


Peter Billingsley in A Christmas Story
Peter Billingsley in A Christmas Story