A Christmas Story [VHS] 
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A little boy in 1950s America desperately wants an air-rifle for Christmas, but everyone seems dead against it in this nostaligic story. In his quest for the BB gun, Ralphie undergoes many trials - like a C+ for his essay, guilt about daring a friend to stick his tongue on an icy fence. Narrated by the author, this film was directed by Bob Clark, who also made `Porky's'.
A Christmas Story takes us back to the innocent days of 1940s American,a time when all a young boy wants for Christmas is a BB gun. Young Ralphie has his heart set on getting one and he sets out on a full scale offensive to make sure his wish comes true. --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
1) This is not a Hollywoodised Christmas. It was a low-budget film produced from an excellent script and very true to life. I spent the first 26 years of my life in England and have no problem whatsoever relating to this U.S. version of Christmas. Family interactions, kids' Christmas obsessions (every kid of my age at some point got or wanted a gun for Christmas or birthday), Bing and Ovaltine on the radio, everyday kid life, it's all here. The schoolteacher I could swear is taken straight off one of my early teachers and both dad and mum contain so much of the best (and not-so-best) of most people's parents. It's a film that withstands repeated viewings and has long been a Christmas standard in our family.
2) As outstanding as the film itself is, the extras I've seen on various versions aren't up to much. After your jaw has dropped at how much Peter Billingsley still looks like his 13 year old self, there's not much else. As much as the film eschews corn and cliche, the extras revel in it. So if you want to replace your old tape, go for it, but if you're looking only to update your version for extra entertainment from the add-ons, I personally wouldn't bother.
This movie is so very typical of American Christmases in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The film was set in the Midwest, in northwest Indiana and is as true to life of that time as possible. This isn't a typical Hollywood glitter and fairy tale ending film, it is as if a film maker went back in time and captured it all on film. I am from the exact area in which this film was set and it brings back so many memories from that time in childhood. Exceptional film, gentle, funny and well worth your time to watch and to turn into your holiday tradition of movie viewing.
I think this is a timeless film, the jokes never get old, and each year you watch it you'll find new things funny. I look forward to watching it with my son in years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has to be one of the best Christmas classics ever. Never ever get bored watching it.Published 1 month ago by Hugh E.
What a fantastic movie. Watched it with my 10-year old son and we are laughing at some of the scenes today, a good month after!Published 2 months ago by AR
Classic! Purchased for the British family I was living with as they never heard of it. Watch it every Xmas in CanadaPublished 4 months ago by LBELL
Remembered watching this on vhs after it was released, laughed especially at the leg lamp and icy lamp post scenes.Published 4 months ago by Adie
I love this movie and it never shows here in the UK. I watched it every Christmas growing up in the US. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mrs Maduhu