Made in 1983, this movie is based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, including material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. It was directed by the late Bob Clark. Not a critical hit when it was released, the film has since taken on a life of it's own & become a holiday classic. It is shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season, and even in a 24 hour marathon on TBS each Christmas Eve/Christmas Day!
Set during a snowy Christmas season in 1940′s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie longs for the ideal Christmas gift, a 200-Shot, Range-Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.” But when his gruff dad and doting mom, and even a stressed-out Santa, quote the usual BB gun warning, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Ralphie mounts a full-scale, hint dropping campaign that is a sly combination of innocence and calculation. The movie is not only about Christmas and BB guns, but also about childhood & real family life.
Click here for a post I did about our 2010 visit to the film house and museum of movie memorabilia! http://rabbitruncottage.blogspot.com/2010/03/youll-shoot-your-eye-out.html
If you have yet to see this sweet, oh so fun movie, give it a try! I bet you smile...betcha!