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"A Christmas Story"

Screenplay | Script

Written By: Jean Shepherd

Shooting Script | 12.07.1982

November 18, 1983 | MGM/UA

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

The snap of a few sparks, a quick whiff of ozone and the lamp blazed forth in unparalleled glory.

pg. 52 : scene 30

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Born: July 26, 1921. Died: October 16, 1999. Jean Shepherd was an actor, humorist and writer best known for A Christmas Story (1983).

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Notable Cast
Melinda DillonMelinda Dillon...Mother Parker
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin...The Old Man Parker
Scott SchwartzScott Schwartz...Flick
Jean ShepherdJean Shepherd...Ralphie as an Adult (voice)
Ian PetrellaIan Petrella...Randy
Tedde MooreTedde Moore...Miss Shields
R.D. RobbR.D. Robb...Schwartz
Zack WardZack Ward...Scut Farkus
Yano AnayaYano Anaya...Grover Dill
Jeff GillenJeff Gillen...Santa Claus
Peter BillingsleyPeter Billingsley...Ralphie
Leslie CarlsonLeslie Carlson...Christmas Tree Man
Dwayne McLeanDwayne McLean...Black Bart


Notable Win
2012 National Film Registry...National Film Preservation Board

Box Office

(1983) U.S. Dollars
Opening weekend...$2,072,473
Gross (US & Canada)...$20,605,209
Gross (World)...$20,618,717


U.S. Version


Additional Content
Cast Photos...IMDb
Box Office...IMDb Pro
Poster...Official Site
Awards...US Library of Congress

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