A Christmas Story 1983: What Was the Point of the Story?
A Christmas Story is a Christmas comedy film that was released in 1983 and directed by Bob Clark. The film is based on semi-fictional anecdotes written by Jean Shepherd and published in his book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash in 1966. Additionally, the film incorporates some elements from Shepherd’s book Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters, which Shepherd wrote in 1971.
It is a holiday staple in North America and stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley, amongst other notable actors. Since 1997, “24 Hours of A Christmas Story” has been broadcast as a marathon every year on TNT, and since 2004, it has been broadcast on TBS. Each year, the marathon begins on the evening of Christmas Eve and continues through the evening of Christmas Day. The Parker Family Saga continues with this, the third book in the series. It is consistently regarded as one of the best films to see over the Christmas season.
A Christmas Story 1983 Release Date
The movie was initially shown in theatres on November 18, 1983, and it was met with favourable reception from film reviewers. It was partially shot in Canada, and as a result, it was nominated for two Canadian Genie Awards in 1984. “Culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” was the criteria used by the Library of Congress in 2012 when deciding whether or not to include it in the United States National Film Registry for preservation.
A Christmas Story 1983 Plot
The story of a young boy named Ralphie Parker who lived in the made-up town of Hohman, Indiana, when he was nine years old and spending Christmas for the first time is told through a series of vignettes in a movie that is set in December 1940. The narration is provided by an older version of Ralphie Parker.
That year, there was only one gift that Ralphie wanted for Christmas, and that was a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie’s wish is denied by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a Santa Claus at Higbee’s department store, who all give him the same warning: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Ralphie’s mother is the only person who supports his want.
Ralphie opens his presents on Christmas morning and, while he appreciates some of them, he is sad that the gun was not among the items he received. When it seems as though all of the presents have been opened, Ralphie’s father, who is referred to as “The Old Man,” directs him to one final box that is tucked away in the corner.
This box turns out to contain the rifle. When he finally gets the chance to test it out, he joyfully rushes outside and affixes a target to a metal sign in the backyard. However, when he fires the gun, the BB ricochets back and smashes him in the face.
After initially thinking that he had successfully shot out his eye, he later realised that the BB had merely knocked off his spectacles and began hunting for them in the snow. Unfortunately, while he was searching for them, he accidentally stepped on them and broke them. He tells his mother that he was hit in the face by a falling icicle, which resulted in the breaking of his spectacles. His mother believes him and brings him to the toilet to clean up after the incident.
A Christmas Story 1983 Cast
- Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker
- Jean Shepherd as adult Ralphie (voice) / man standing in the Santa Claus line at Higbee’s
- Ian Petrella as Randy Parker
- Melinda Dillon as Mrs. Parker
- Darren McGavin as Mr. Parker (The Old Man)
- Scott Schwartz as Flick
- R. D. Robb as Schwartz
- Zack Ward as Scut Farkus
- Yano Anaya as Grover Dill
- Tedde Moore as Miss Shields
- Jeff Gillen as Santa Claus
- Patty Johnson as Lead Elf
- Drew Hocevar as Male Elf
- Leslie Carlson as Christmas Tree Salesman
What Was the Point of a Christmas Story?
The timeless elements of a child’s naïve perspective are all present in A Christmas Story, which presents them to us through the eyes of an adult who savours them. It’s our story, exposing our absurdities and recalling the details that make up our memories. And it talks about how little a child really values Christmas.