Skip to comments.‘A Christmas Story’ still hits people where they live after 25 years
Posted on 12/05/2008 11:11:43 AM PST by qam1
Fans of the holiday classic A Christmas Story are celebrating the films 25th anniversary with a convention and trips to the house where the movie was made.
The 1983 film, an adaptation of Jean Shepards memoir of a boy in the 1940s, was set in Indiana but largely filmed in Ohio. The movie starred Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, a young boy determined to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.
The film was a modest theatrical success, but critics loved it. It eventually joined Its a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street as a Christmas classic.
Its a film about being a kid and looking back, said Brian Jones, who owns the house where the movie was shot and the neighboring museum dedicated to the film.
About 4,000 fans attended the recent convention at Clevelands Renaissance Hotel, where they met some of the films actors, watched documentaries made about the film, and saw the original 1938 fire truck from a famous scene in the movie involving a childs tongue stuck to a frozen pole.
It is unbelievable that a movie has touched the lives of millions of families, said Phil Gillen, son of the late actor Jeff Gillen who played the movies worn-out Santa Claus. He traveled from Miami with his family to attend the convention....
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Hmm, I lived in Ohio when the film originally came out. But not that area.
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I almost shot my eye out when I read this! 25 years, holy cow I feel old. I wonder if they’ll do the 24 hour marathon on TNT again this year, which by the way doesn’t do it justice, you have to watch the DVD.
Kid wants gun and gets gun.
Kid fights back against a bully and wins a street fight.
How non PC can you get?
“Daddy’s going to kill Ralphie!”
Good point, it’s the political incorrectness of this movie which makes it so great. The Chinese restaurant scene is priceless “Fa-ra-ra-ra-ra, ra-ra-ra-ra”!
I’ve never watched this movie. Huh!
i live about 5 miles from the house in the movie!
Whatever became of the kid that played Ralphie?
RIP the director Bob Clark. Killed by an illegal alien.
The part where the waiter chops off the goose's head cracks me up.
The "Old Man" was great.
It’s funny. I’m 37 and have never seen more than 5 minutes of that movie. I know the lamp scene and the tongue/pole scene, but that’s it. I always turn it off, wondering why everyone thinks it’s so great.
What am I missing?
When my son was about 9 yrs. old we bought him a Red Ryder BB gun. We followed the script right down to the letter. It was so much fun, and we can watch it as we video taped the whole thing. Watch the original every Thanksgiving to get us into the Christmas spirit.
I was in a Harbor Freight store yesterday and notice they had the Daisy 1948 Red Ryder Classic bb gun 350fps. The only thing I could think of looking at it was; “you are going to knock an eye out”.
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