1hr 33mins

An American Christmas phenomenon comes to Tyneside Cinema; Bob Clarke's beloved 1983 festive favourite, adapting the literary works of Jean Shepherd, follows the hilarious efforts of the young Ralphie to secure his coveted dream Christmas present.

This film screens as part of our magically festive Christmas programme.

Unfortunately no Audio Description track is available for this feature.
Christmas 2023
Bob Clark
Contains mild violence and language

In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when gruff dad (Darren McGavin) and doting mum (Melinda Dillon) regularly respond with “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Ralphie mounts a full-scale, hint-dropping Santa-begging campaign.

A charmingly observed portrait of the frenzied excitement of the Christmas season in childhood, Bob Clark’s comfortingly warm 1983 cinematic adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash is a hilarious collection of all-American Christmastime vignettes. Make this cult gem a new festive tradition – in the US, A Christmas Story is so beloved that from Christmas Eve night, a major TV channel plays the film on loop for 24 hours!

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