ABOUT THE FILM: Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and "this thing which tells time", a sundial. Ralphie's desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a department store Santa Claus, all giving him the same warning: "You'll shoot your eye out".
Christmas morning arrives and Ralphie dives into his presents. Although he does receive some presents he enjoys, Ralphie ultimately is disappointed that he did not receive the one thing he wanted more than anything. After it appears all of the presents have been opened, Ralphie's father, who is referred to throughout the film as "The Old Man", directs Ralphie to look at one last present that he had hidden. Ralphie opens it to reveal the Red Ryder gun he wanted.
CREDITS: Directed by Bob Clark Produced by Rene Dupont and Bob Clark Written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark Starring Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley Narrated by Jean Shepherd Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release date November 18, 1983