Revisit “A Christmas Story” – the cozy 80s movie that became a legendary holiday classic

A Christmas Story movie (1983)

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Shockingly all grown up, Peter Billingsley (along with his mischievous sidekicks!) is back as the fabled Ralphie in the brand new holiday feature, A Christmas Story Christmas. You can see the official trailer below, and watch the full-length movie on HBO Max

Before embarking on this delightful nostalgia trip (and may we suggest a double feature binge to properly indulge in the Christmas spirit, Americana-style), let’s take a moment to revisit some of the key scenes from the epic original, released in 1983!

Based on Jean Shepherd’s collection of short stories “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, “A Christmas Story has worked its way into American pop culture history over the past 40 years.

From licking the frozen pole to the leg lamp (“Fra-JEE-lay! Must be Italian!”) to Ralphie’s Red Ryder BB Gun, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t recognize at least one of the now-iconic scenes from the movie — even if they’ve never seen the whole thing.

Besides, if you haven’t seen the whole thing, just flip on the TV around Christmas time. Chances are someone’s showing it.

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From licking the frozen pole to the leg lamp ("Fra-JEE-lay! Must be Italian!") to Ralphie's Red Ryder BB Gun, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't recognize at least one of the now-iconic scenes from the movie - even if they've never seen the whole thing.

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Scenes from “A Christmas Story” – the 1983 holiday classic

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“There are starving people in China.”

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Gazing through the department store window

Gazing through the department store window


More scenes from the Christmas classic

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“I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!”

I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya - Licking the pole in A Christmas Story


With Santa: “And what’s your name, little boy?”

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Ralphie with Santa: “How about a nice football?”

A CHRISTMAS STORY - Ralphie with Santa


Peter Billingsley as Ralphie

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The infamous leg lamp

“Holy smokes. Do… do you know what this is? This is… a lamp!”

The infamous leg lamp

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Ralphie in the bunny suit

“He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny… he looks like a pink nightmare!”

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A Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle!

A Red Ryder carbine-action 200 shot range model air rifle

Red Ryder toy air rifle


“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

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Now that those memories of young Ralphie are fresh, let’s flash forward to midlife (!): Here Peter Billingsley talks about what it was like getting the cast back together for the sequel to A Christmas Story after 39 years.

He explains how the movie became a holiday classic, and talks about his longtime friendship with Vince Vaughn.

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  1. My roommate in college went to see “A Christmas Story” in the theater when it first came out, and couldn’t stop talking about it. He said it was one of the funniest movies he had ever seen. Unfortunately it didn’t stay in the theaters long, so I had to wait to see it until it was released on VHS (and I didn’t see it again until TBS began showing it heavily in the early 2000s). It’s been one of my favorite movies ever since…

    Additionally, I would urge anyone to read Jean Shepherd’s works, especially “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.” For fans of witty, inventive writing, his books don’t disappoint. Although many of his books are out of print, they are still available online.

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