It’s been 25 years since “A Christmas Story” was released in 1983. Based on writing from the narrator, Jean Sheppard and directed by Bob Clark (from Porky’s fame!), it’s become a national Christmas classic. Much like “It’s a Wonderful Life” became a Christmas tradition thanks to reruns on television, A Christmas Story followed the same path to the hearts of American families.
Though it was set in a long ago era, every generation can appreciate its sentiment. Who doesn’t remember the extreme joy of Christmas as a kid and the anguish of longing for a gift that you knew you wouldn’t ever get. This is a timeless classic that people will watch every holiday season.
This anniversary will be sad because the director Bob Clark (67) was tragically killed in a head on automobile accident in 2007 along with his 22-year old son by a drunk driver. Jean Sheppard passed away at 78 in 1999 of natural causes. Darren McGavin who played the dad passed away in 2006 at 83.
The Tongue to frozen pole double dog dare
Ralphie beats up the bully
The Leg Lamp
Ralphie sees Santa