Ralphie Parker’s dreams of obtaining a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas were dashed time and time again in the classic movie “A Christmas Story”, but in the end he got just what he wanted—and what everyone predicted.
Snuggle up in your pink bunny PJs and settle down with a glass of Ovaltine! Reminisce—North America’s top-selling nostalgia magazine—has taken a look back for the 30th anniversary of this holiday gem, and included memories from the actors who brought these characters to life.
This feature is a behind-the-scenes look at making the movie, and how it became one of the most revered Christmas movies of all time. I double-dog-dare you to check out these fun facts:
· In 2012, the Library of Congress added the comedy to the National Film Registry, which includes such classics as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Casablanca”.
· Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s younger brother Randy, spent eight hours filming the scene where he was goaded into eating his dinner like “Mommy’s little piggy,” snorting and shoving his face into a plate of meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
· When Ralphie finally gets revenge and beats the bully, Scut Farkus to the ground, the bully actually got hurt. “The mittens got frozen in the snow, so every time he punched me in the face, the ‘idiot strings’ actually slapped the bejesus out of me,” said Zack Ward, who played Scut. “If you see the close-up, I’ve got bright red cheeks. It’s not make-up; it’s just me getting slapped all over the place.”
· Despite being a flop in the theaters when it premiered, “A Christmas Story” is now so popular that TBS plays it on a loop for 24 hour straight, starting at 8 p.m. EST on Christmas Eve.
For more facts and insight into this touching and hilarious Christmas story, visit: http://www.reminisce.com/1970s-1980s/holiday-movie-a-christmas-story-turns-30/