A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy based on the short stories that are semi-fictional anecdotes of the author.
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film 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 Bob Clark. The film has since become a holiday classic and is shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season on the network TBS, often in a 24-hour marathon. The film is set in Hohman, Indiana, a fictionalized version of Shepherd's hometown of Hammond, Indiana. Nine-year-old Ralph 'Ralphie' Parker (Peter Billingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock, and 'this thing which tells time' (a sundial). While using various schemes to convince his parents to get him this gift he continually bumps into objections from others saying, 'You'll shoot your eye out.'