Melinda Dillon (Actor), Darren McGavin (Actor), Bob Clark (Director) & 0 more Rated: Parental Guidance Format: VHS Tape A Christmas Story [1983] : Brilliant Fun for All Ages

I love this movie and it never shows here in the uk. I watched it every christmas growing up in the us. The copy of it was excellent and i’ve played it every christmas on repeat ever since. Really gets you into the christmas spirit.

This is the story – set in america , as usual, back in the recent past when the crave of the kids that year was for the bb gun. Everybody wanted one and no one more so than the boy featured, but whatever he did or said to his parents seem to fall on stoney ground and he just could not get them on board as to how much he had to have one of these.

This has turned into my favourite christmas movie. Having seen it many times on tv when i was living in the usa i was pleased to see it showing up on tv in the uk. Even so i bought the dvd, just one of those must have films. Its more enjoyable knowing its a true story of the 2 brothers growing up (narrated by the elder one) in a time when fire engine trucks and red rider beebie guns were all they wanted on christmas morning. A wonderful story for any time of the year for the whole family to watch.

I hadn’t seen this film since i was a kid and me mum was always going on about it every christmas, so when i found this, i had to get her it. It arrived in great time, perfect condition, and the price was good. Me mum put it on straight away and now has almost every line memorized, so i’d say she was very happy with it.

  • An old fashioned Christmas classic
  • A Christmas Classic!
  • A Christmas Story has to be the best Christmas film ever

A Christmas Story [1983]

Just the best christmas film ever. It has great characters, great set pieces and evokes the atmosphere of christmas in the 1950s. The episode with the stocking legged lamp arriving in a package marked ‘frageelai’ is class, you can even buy the lamp in the usa. Other lovely bits include, the mum that never gets a hot meal (just like my mum, my wife and my daughter), stuffing a child into winter clothing, the school bully and his toady, double dares, picking at the turkey and the lone ranger’s nephew’s horse. The best bit for, though, is the tremendous relationship between the dad and his son. Some people may see themselves as being a bit too smart for films like this and anyone who prefers the drivel that is elf needs to get help fast. These folk need to be pitied.

It seemed to be a coincidence that i was describing this movie to a work colleague, and then within 24 hours my husband mentioned that he hoped it would be one of the christmas holiday movies on the telly. I took that as a sign, and ordered it from amazon within hours. It arrived before the great snows, and we were able to watch it a fortnight before christmas, then again with kids home from university, and then again christmas eve with my in-laws. Each time, we saw bits that we had missed before, and each time it was thoroughly enjoyable. For anyone with hankerings for the good old days, this was a pretty good memory of how things used to be.

Outstanding and really funny golden years type fun,that details the early memories of christmas for one boy and his family. A christmas story has some brilliant laugh out loud moments that every child can relate to and it’s just as funny for adults. *weird fact:it was directed by the guy who also did porkys. There’s a change of pace for you. Really excellent family viewing. Followed by two highly inferior sequels.

I was told about this film just before christmas. Had never heard of it before but as we were going to be having a chinese meal on christmas day i was told i really should watch it and that it is a highly regarded classic in the us. Well i’m so pleased to have discovered it at last. Such fun and a perfect portrayal of 50s america (apart from the mother’s hair style which looked more like bad 70s perming). I think this is going to become one of our watch it every christmas films (along with white xmas and it’s a wonderful life).

This is such a good film i’ve bought 3 to give as christmas gifts. The perfect, funny, nostalgic film to watch with the family. My 5 year old grand-daughter enjoys it too.

This is a true christmas classic for all the family. Very funny film that kids and parents will identify with. Story centres on the oldest son of a regular family in the forties called ralphie, our young hero wants a bb gun for xmas and tries to get santa to bring him one and just in case, a few schemes as a back – up plan. He’ll shoot his eye out frets his mom.

Fond memories of watching this with my brother’s. We laughed so much at ralph’s antics. Excellent quality dvd with no blips or crackles. Will be adding this to my must watch for christmas this year.

Have loved this film since it was first released years ago. It has become a family favourite which we watch every christmas. Decided to buy one each for my nieces. It is such a fun story set in ’40s america about ralphie who does everything he can to get a b b gun for christmas and all the escapades he and his friends get up to. Very funny commentary throughout from the supposedly grown up ralphie. Buy it you will enjoy and watch it for years to come.

A christmas story has to be the best christmas film ever. . We came across it by chance a few years ago with no real idea of the joy that it would bring. The kids have grown up with it – on the long trips to drop off presents whilst in the back of the car and also when we are home together in the run up to the day itself. I still find it surprising so few people over here in the uk have heard of it.

I got hooked on this film after seeing it one year on television. It took me two years to get a copy in time for christmas and it was well worth it. It’s not your normal glossy hollywood feel good christmas movie, but a more homely and to my mind better film. I can relate to this film, there is always that toy that you want, but your parents feel that your just that bit too young. I put this film on when my 7 year old grandson was over and he sat glued to it. That in itself shows how good this film is. Get it, enjoy it and remember your own childhood christmas’s.

I was introduced to this by american family, it has been a staple of their christmas celebrations for many years and i can see why. It’s one that is enjoyed by adults and children – funny and poignant at the same time in many places. The kids returned to watch it again the day after seeing it the first time.

This is a very funny and charming film, set in the 1940’s or 50’s it’s the very heart warming story of a little boy and his family during one particular festive season where he tries to convince his mother he really needs a bb rifle for christmas. The story lines which run along side the main story are almost more comical and entertaining than the main story, you see ralphy over come his bullies, his father win a very inappropriate prize in a quiz. The voice over for the film is very dry and hilarious, i can’t recommend this film more, as a family we all just loved it.

I’ve been a supporter of the christmas story since it initial hit cinemas in 1983, when my mum took my sister and i to the cinema (in the united states of america) to see it. My mum inexplicably fell asleep, but it became my favourite christmas movie of all time. I check out it at least once for every yr – and often on christmas working day – and it never loses it appeal and brilliance. It is the ultimate feel-excellent, comforting movie – it helps make the vacations seem substantially more festive and beautiful.

Reminds me a great deal of the ponder years, but is suppose that ought to have been motivated by this very first. Usually amusing, not schmaltzy and genuinely coronary heart warming and delivers you back to childhood. Encouraged xmas viewing for all the spouse and children and in particular grownups.

If you are like me, you’ll truly feel beautiful and heat and christmassy just after viewing this. It can be a amazing, quirky and quite festive film (as the title would recommend) and even even though i failed to expand up in 50’s the us, i would like i had soon after observing this. Heck, i even want a purple ryder bb gun. It truly is come to be a christmas tradition for me to check out this on christmas eve, and i like it so significantly that i purchased the area a person variation of it as nicely so that i could check out the special characteristics that you get with it. It is not a syrupy american treacle story, it can be a terrific movie, and if you like quirky christmas movies, then you want this in your life.

A fantastic christams movie that has not been revealed on terrestrial tv for years. I noticed it once by prospect all the way back in 1997 on bbc and fell in like with it. Was demonstrated on sky channel tcm last yr (2012) and always receives me in the mood for christmas. Why this motion picture is’nt revealed spherical december i will by no means know.

I initial occurred throughout a christmas story all around 15 many years back when it was shown on terrestrial television just just before christmas and have been checking the schedules for a repeat at any time since. I at last cracked and purchased it right here, and however concerned i could no extended concur with my original evaluation of it’s features shaped so lengthy back have surely not been disappointed. I get from social media that this film has a cult next in the us, and it warrants a broader viewers on this side of the pond. I will not likely spoil the plot by revealing particulars, but a christmas story confounds any expectations shaped for the duration of the preliminary, admittedly sluggish, very first 10 minutes, that it really is just another schmaltzy christmas movie. It has a good forged with a significantly strong central efficiency, and a funny, somewhat dark and surreal, script. I identified myself drawn in by its charm and the great gags which litter each scene and, ahead of i realized it, the credits ended up rolling. I’m not frequently a massive lover of christmas but am now wanting forward to this year’s and an additional option to distribute my adore for this great movie extra greatly.

A very well paced plot, unforgettable characters, fantastic comedy and a heat tone that beautifully captures the coronary heart of the holidays. It is harmless, but also darkly realistic when it requirements to be, so it under no circumstances becomes tacky. On the other hand the black comedy hardly ever goes significantly ample to grow to be mean spirited. It manages to strike the ideal equilibrium. Any individual of any age can get pleasure from this grasp piece that stands aside from other classics like christmas carol, it is a wonderful life, miracle on thirty fourth street etc.

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A Christmas Story [1983]
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4.7 of 5 stars, based on 220 reviews

1 comment on “Melinda Dillon (Actor), Darren McGavin (Actor), Bob Clark (Director) & 0 more Rated: Parental Guidance Format: VHS Tape A Christmas Story [1983] : Brilliant Fun for All Ages

  1. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    Seldom completely dislike the film but this is one of them. Ok, some bits are funny but i was completely underwhelmed.
    1. Seldom completely dislike the film but this is one of them. Ok, some bits are funny but i was completely underwhelmed.
      1. A well paced plot, memorable characters, great comedy and a warm tone that perfectly captures the heart of the holidays. It is innocent, but also darkly realistic when it needs to be, so it never becomes cheesy. However the black comedy never goes far enough to become mean spirited. It manages to strike the perfect balance. Anyone of any age can enjoy this master piece that stands apart from other classics like christmas carol, it’s a wonderful life, miracle on 34th street etc.
  2. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    A well paced plot, memorable characters, great comedy and a warm tone that perfectly captures the heart of the holidays. It is innocent, but also darkly realistic when it needs to be, so it never becomes cheesy. However the black comedy never goes far enough to become mean spirited. It manages to strike the perfect balance. Anyone of any age can enjoy this master piece that stands apart from other classics like christmas carol, it’s a wonderful life, miracle on 34th street etc.
    1. A film that makes you feel young again, if only for an instant, a film too beautiful and rich to put into words , watch it and remember your christmast pasts.
  3. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    A film that makes you feel young again, if only for an instant, a film too beautiful and rich to put into words , watch it and remember your christmast pasts.
  4. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    Beautifully cast and put together. We first saw it by accident in a hotel room abroad many years ago. The actor who plays ralphie excellent. Our family christmas traditon is watching it again every year.
  5. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    Beautifully cast and put together. We first saw it by accident in a hotel room abroad many years ago. The actor who plays ralphie excellent. Our family christmas traditon is watching it again every year.
  6. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    Many years ago around christmas we went to a cinema in harare (zimbabwe), we lived in zambia then and went there for a couple of days for a short break. Thinking of seeing a traditional christmas movie, we were “shocked” with this weird but funny movie as well. Thinking of the circumstances in the eighties, africa, summer, christmas time, we had a good laugh, although we had a pretty weird feeling about it too. Now it is just a nice nostalgic memory. My children recently talked about this movie, so i decided to surprise them.
    1. Many years ago around christmas we went to a cinema in harare (zimbabwe), we lived in zambia then and went there for a couple of days for a short break. Thinking of seeing a traditional christmas movie, we were “shocked” with this weird but funny movie as well. Thinking of the circumstances in the eighties, africa, summer, christmas time, we had a good laugh, although we had a pretty weird feeling about it too. Now it is just a nice nostalgic memory. My children recently talked about this movie, so i decided to surprise them.
  7. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    I guess you have to be over a certain age to enjoy this film. I know lots of other people find it very nostalgic but i just found it boring.
    1. I guess you have to be over a certain age to enjoy this film. I know lots of other people find it very nostalgic but i just found it boring.
  8. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    If you’ve never seen it, think early simpsons and malcolm in the middle. Got that sort of feel to it.
    1. If you’ve never seen it, think early simpsons and malcolm in the middle. Got that sort of feel to it.
  9. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    Really good christmas film without a typical scenario of a gorgeous looking lady meeting her handsome beau and falling head over heels in love. , all because of christmas if more american christmas films were like this they would all be worth watching. A nice change and some amusing parts in the film.
    1. Really good christmas film without a typical scenario of a gorgeous looking lady meeting her handsome beau and falling head over heels in love. , all because of christmas if more american christmas films were like this they would all be worth watching. A nice change and some amusing parts in the film.
  10. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    It’s gotta be up there as one of the best christmas films for children. Fun, jokes and comedy all the way through – told in a quaint old fashioned way. I’m sure all adults can find similarities in their childhoods at christmas. Although it’s over 35 years old, the story still stands the test of time.
    1. It’s gotta be up there as one of the best christmas films for children. Fun, jokes and comedy all the way through – told in a quaint old fashioned way. I’m sure all adults can find similarities in their childhoods at christmas. Although it’s over 35 years old, the story still stands the test of time.
  11. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    I know this movie for the past 20 years and i still love it.
  12. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    I know this movie for the past 20 years and i still love it.
  13. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    Fast dispatch , great dvd , nostalgic and funny , great stuff.
  14. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    Fast dispatch , great dvd , nostalgic and funny , great stuff.
  15. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    A instant classic and reminds us of times gone by. In this special edition, there’s all sorts of behind-the-scenes and special features. A must own and watch every christmasdisclaimer: i bought this on amazoncamy rating: 5+ stars.
  16. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    A instant classic and reminds us of times gone by. In this special edition, there’s all sorts of behind-the-scenes and special features. A must own and watch every christmasdisclaimer: i bought this on amazoncamy rating: 5+ stars.
    1. As i no longer live in the us where they show this film for 24 hours on a particular channel, i needed my own copy on dvd to watch.
      1. As i no longer live in the us where they show this film for 24 hours on a particular channel, i needed my own copy on dvd to watch.
  17. This review is from : A Christmas Story [1983]

    A must view loved the film and dvd arrived before christmas.
      1. Reminds me a lot of the wonder years, but is suppose that must have been inspired by this first. Often funny, not schmaltzy and genuinely heart warming and brings you back to childhood. Recommended xmas viewing for all the family and especially adults.
  18. Reminds me a lot of the wonder years, but is suppose that must have been inspired by this first. Often funny, not schmaltzy and genuinely heart warming and brings you back to childhood. Recommended xmas viewing for all the family and especially adults.

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