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A Christmas Story


Nov 18, 1983

Latest Home Video

Nov 05, 2013

MPAA Rating



Bob Clark


Darren McGavin
Melinda Dillon
Peter Billingsley


1983 Warner Brothers

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All Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two hundred shot B.B. gun. But His father (Darren McGavin), mother (Melinda Dillon) and even Santa Claus (Jeff Gillen) are against the idea, fearing he will shoot his eye out.

Content Details

Why Is A Christmas Story Rated PG?

A Christmas Story is rated PG for brief mild violence and language, and for some bullying.

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Violence: A child dreams that he protects his family from bad guys by shooting them in the buttocks with his B.B. gun. Two bullies repeatedly threaten other boys. A boy pummels another kid until he is pulled off. The victim has a bloody nose. A boy is shown with a black eye after supposedly being beaten up. A father yells frequently. Santa and his elves are mean and grouchy. A child is dared to stick his tongue to a frozen flagpole, and police and firemen are called in to help him. A dog’s ear is caught in the door. A server chops off the head of a cooked duck in a restaurant.

Sexual Content: A man wins a lamp shaped in the form of a woman’s leg in a fishnet stocking. A boy strokes the leg. The narrator refers to it as “electric sex gleaming in the window.”

Language: While one storyline deals with the father’s penchant for profanities, many of his tirades are not clearly heard. However the script does include mild and moderate profanities, crude terms, some scatological slang and terms of Deity. A boy uses a strong sexual expletive (the word is not actually heard but a his usage of this kind of language creates a huge ruckus).

Alcohol / Drug Use:A character is seen with a cigar in his mouth. Adults drink socially in their home. A man offers his son a sip of wine, but the mother doesn’t allow it. A boy pretends to have tobacco in his lip during a daydream.

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Peter Billingsley, who plays Ralphie, went on to have roles as an adult in movies like Four Christmases, Iron Man and Elf.

Canadian Movie Ratings

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Home Video Notes: A Christmas Story: 30th Anniversary

Release Date: 5 November 2013

A Christmas Story releases in a 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray, with no bonus features.

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