Drew Blythe Barrymore is an American actress, director, author and entrepreneur. She is a member of the Barrymore family of actors, the granddaughter of John Barrymore, she achieved fame as a child actress with her role in E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA nomination. Following a publicized childhood marked by drug and alcohol abuse, Barrymore released an autobiography, Little Girl Lost, in 1991, she went on to appear in a string of successful films throughout the decade, including Poison Ivy, Boys on the Side, Mad Love, Ever After and The Wedding Singer. The latter was her first collaboration with Adam Sandler. Barrymore's other films include Never Been Kissed, Charlie's Angels, Donnie Darko, Riding in Cars with Boys, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Fever Pitch and Lyrics, Going the Distance, Big Miracle and Miss You Already. Barrymore made her directorial debut with Whip It, in which she starred, received a SAG Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in Grey Gardens.
She stars on the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet. In 1995, Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen formed the production company Flower Films; the pair have produced several projects. In 2013, Barrymore launched a range of cosmetics under the Flower banner, which has grown to include lines in makeup and eyewear, her other business ventures include a range of a clothing line. In 2015, she released Wildflower. Barrymore received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. Barrymore was born in California, to actor John Barrymore and aspiring actress Jaid. Jaid was born in a displaced persons camp in Brannenburg, West Germany, to Hungarian World War II refugees. Barrymore is one of four children and has a half-brother, an actor, her parents divorced in 1984. Barrymore was born into an acting family. All of her paternal great-grandparents—Maurice and Georgie Drew Barrymore and Mae Costello —as well as her paternal grandparents, John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, were actors, with John being arguably the most acclaimed actor of his generation.
Barrymore is a niece of Diana Barrymore, a grandniece of Lionel Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Helene Costello, a great-great-granddaughter of Irish-born John and English-born Louisa Lane Drew, all of whom were actors. She was a great-grandniece of Broadway idol John Drew Jr. and silent film actor and director Sidney Drew. Barrymore's godmothers are Lee Strasberg's widow, Anna Strasberg, her godfather is director Steven Spielberg. Barrymore's first name, was the maiden name of her paternal great-grandmother, Georgie Drew, her middle name, was the surname of the family first used by her great-grandfather, Maurice Barrymore. In her 1991 autobiography Little Girl Lost, Barrymore recounted early memories of her abusive father, who left the family when Barrymore was 6 months old, she and her father never had anything resembling a significant relationship and spoke to each other. Barrymore grew up on Poinsettia Place in West Hollywood until the age of 7, when she moved to Sherman Oaks. In her 2015 memoir, she says she talks "like a valley girl" because she grew up in Sherman Oaks.
She moved back to West Hollywood upon becoming emancipated at 14. Barrymore attended elementary school at Fountain Day School in Country School. In the wake of her sudden stardom, Barrymore endured a notoriously troubled childhood, she was a regular at the racy Studio 54 as a young girl, her nightlife and constant partying became a popular subject with the media. She was placed in rehab at the age of 13, spent 18 months in an institution for the mentally ill. A suicide attempt at 14 put her back in rehab, followed by a three-month stay with singer David Crosby and his wife; the stay was precipitated, Crosby said, because she "needed to be around some people that were committed to sobriety." Barrymore described this period of her life in her autobiography, Little Girl Lost. After a successful juvenile court petition for emancipation, she moved into her own apartment at the age of 15. Barrymore's professional career began at 11 months, she was nipped by her canine co-star, to which she laughed and was hired for the job.
After her film debut with a small role in Altered States, she played Gertie in E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg. He felt that she had the right imagination for her role after she impressed him with a story that she led a punk rock band. E. T. is the highest-grossing film of the 1980s and made her one of the most famous child actors of the time. For her work, she won a Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the 1984 horror film adaptation of Stephen King's 1980 novel Firestarter, Barrymore played a girl with pyrokinesis who becomes the target of a secret government agency known as The Shop; the same year, she played a young girl divorcing her famous parents in Irreconcilable Differences, for which she was nominated for her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. In a review in the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert stated, "Barrymore is the right actress for this role b
An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film and television; the analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art. In ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval world, the time of William Shakespeare, only men could become actors, women's roles were played by men or boys. After the English Restoration of 1660, women began to appear on stage in England. In modern times in pantomime and some operas, women play the roles of boys or young men. After 1660 in England, when women first started to appear on stage, the terms actor or actress were used interchangeably for female performers, but influenced by the French actrice, actress became the used term for women in theater and film.
The etymology is a simple derivation from actor with -ess added. When referring to groups of performers of both sexes, actors is preferred. Actor is used before the full name of a performer as a gender-specific term. Within the profession, the re-adoption of the neutral term dates to the post-war period of the 1950 and'60s, when the contributions of women to cultural life in general were being reviewed; when The Observer and The Guardian published their new joint style guide in 2010, it stated "Use for both male and female actors. The guide's authors stated that "actress comes into the same category as authoress, manageress,'lady doctor','male nurse' and similar obsolete terms that date from a time when professions were the preserve of one sex.". "As Whoopi Goldberg put it in an interview with the paper:'An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor – I can play anything.'" The UK performers' union Equity has no policy on the use of "actor" or "actress". An Equity spokesperson said that the union does not believe that there is a consensus on the matter and stated that the "...subject divides the profession".
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times stated that "Actress" remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients. With regard to the cinema of the United States, the gender-neutral term "player" was common in film in the silent film era and the early days of the Motion Picture Production Code, but in the 2000s in a film context, it is deemed archaic. However, "player" remains in use in the theatre incorporated into the name of a theatre group or company, such as the American Players, the East West Players, etc. Actors in improvisational theatre may be referred to as "players". In 2015, Forbes reported that "...just 21 of the 100 top-grossing films of 2014 featured a female lead or co-lead, while only 28.1% of characters in 100 top-grossing films were female...". "In the U. S. there is an "industry-wide in salaries of all scales. On average, white women get paid 78 cents to every dollar a white man makes, while Hispanic women earn 56 cents to a white male's dollar, Black women 64 cents and Native American women just 59 cents to that."
Forbes' analysis of US acting salaries in 2013 determined that the "...men on Forbes' list of top-paid actors for that year made 21/2 times as much money as the top-paid actresses. That means that Hollywood's best-compensated actresses made just 40 cents for every dollar that the best-compensated men made." The first recorded case of a performing actor occurred in 534 BC when the Greek performer Thespis stepped onto the stage at the Theatre Dionysus to become the first known person to speak words as a character in a play or story. Prior to Thespis' act, Grecian stories were only expressed in song, in third person narrative. In honor of Thespis, actors are called Thespians; the male actors in the theatre of ancient Greece performed in three types of drama: tragedy and the satyr play. Western theatre developed and expanded under the Romans; the theatre of ancient Rome was a thriving and diverse art form, ranging from festival performances of street theatre, nude dancing, acrobatics, to the staging of situation comedies, to high-style, verbally elaborate tragedies.
As the Western Roman Empire fell into decay through the 4th and 5th centuries, the seat of Roman power shifted to Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire. Records show that mime, scenes or recitations from tragedies and comedies and other entertainments were popular. From the 5th century, Western Europe was plunged into a period of general disorder. Small nomadic bands of actors traveled around Europe throughout the period, performing wherever they could find an audience. Traditionally, actors were not of high status. Early Middle Ages actors were denounced by the Church during the Dark Ages, as they were viewed as dangerous and pagan. In many parts of Europe, traditional beliefs of the region and time period meant actors could not receive a Christian burial. In the Early Middle Ages, churches in Europe began staging dramatized versions of biblical events. By the middle of the 11th century, liturgical drama had spread from Russia to Scandinavia
Peter Billingsley known as Peter Michaelsen and Peter Billingsley-Michaelsen, is an American actor and producer, best known for his role as Ralphie in the 1983 movie A Christmas Story and as "Messy Marvin" in the Hershey's Chocolate Syrup commercials during the 1970s. He began his career as an infant in television commercials. Peter was born in New York City, his father, Alwin Michaelsen, is a financial consultant and his mother, was once Alwin's secretary. Gail is the grand-niece of Stork Club owner Sherman Billingsley, cousin of Glenn Billingsley, married to actress Barbara Billingsley. Gail was the one who took the children around to auditions, she once took the children to New Jersey for a commercial commemorating US troops. All five of the children in the family had acting careers; the oldest of Billingsley's siblings and Win, had the briefest acting careers working in commercials with brief guest spots on television shows. Peter's elder sister, may be best known for her role as Maxx Davis on Me and Maxx.
Peter's older brother, began playing Danny Walton on the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow in 1975 and has had numerous roles in commercials and guest shots on TV series. Following his acting career, Neil works in finance in New York City. Billingsley received his early childhood education from a combination of tutors, public schools and private institutions, Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley, AZ, passed his California High School Proficiency Exam at the age of fourteen, he seems to have attended some public secondary schools following the GED including Arcadia High School, Arizona. In the late 1980s, he took a brief break from show business to attend Phoenix College. On January 28, 1986, Billingsley was present at launch pad 39B for the doomed launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, he and classmates of the son of America's first teacher-astronaut cheered as the space shuttle Challenger lifted skyward. Their delight turned to horror. Billingsley was a spokesman for the young astronaut program.
Billingsley's first acting role was as a two-year-old in a Geritol commercial with Betty Buckley playing his mom. He went on to star in about 120 television ads throughout the early 1980s. At 12, he was quoted as saying: "After 100, you lose count." He was best known for a series of commercials for Hershey's chocolate syrup in which he portrayed the popular character Messy Marvin. One of Billingsley's earliest film roles was in 1978's If Ever I See You Again and directed by Joseph Brooks, his role in 1981's Paternity opposite Burt Reynolds earned a nomination for "Best Young Comedian – Motion Picture or Television" at The Young Artist Awards. In 1981, he appeared in Honky Tonk Freeway, that October was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In 1982, Billingsley starred in several features, including Death Valley and the Brain, the made-for-TV movie Memories Never Die with Lindsay Wagner and his sister, Melissa Michaelsen, he had a featured guest role as Gideon Hale on Little House on the Prairie, began a three-year stint as a co-host on NBC's popular Real People, he hosted a two-episode offshoot of the show called Real Kids.
In 1983, Billingsley starred in A Christmas Story, based on Jean Shepherd's In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, which built its audience over the years and is now broadcast for twenty-four hours from Christmas Eve until Christmas Day on TBS. The film earned Billingsley another Young Artist Award nomination, is arguably the one role he is most associated with, he has been quoted as saying that people still approach him on the street, only to say "you'll shoot your eye out, kid!"In 1984, Billingsley starred in an adaptation of The Hoboken Chicken Emergency with Dick Van Patten and Gabe Kaplan, a special Thanksgiving episode of the PBS series WonderWorks. He appeared on a "Super Teen" special edition of Family Feud, on Celebrity Hot Potato; as the late 1980s approached, Billingsley's acting career slowed. He made guest appearances on Who's The Boss?, Punky Brewster, The Wonder Years, Highway To Heaven, appeared in The Dirt Bike Kid, Carly's Web and Beverly Hills Brats. The early 1990s saw Billingsley tackling older roles such as a would-be jock who gets hooked on steroids in the CBS Schoolbreak Special The Fourth Man.
On that project he formed a close friendship with Vince Vaughn. His next Schoolbreak Special appearance was in The Writing on the Wall, starring Hal Linden as a rabbi who teaches three boys about the horrors of intolerance after they are caught defacing his home and car with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti. Billingsley was nominated for an Emmy Award for this role; the most rewarding of his film acting assignments was Arcade, in which he starred as a teenaged "virtual reality" addict. He began working behind the scenes more. Known as Peter Michaelsen, he was assistant editor on Knights, a film which featured Kris Kristofferson. In 1994 Peter starred in, directed the short film The Sacred Fire, credited as Peter Michaelsen in the executive producer function; this film won an Academy of Science Fiction and Horror Films' Golden Scroll Award. His career behind th
Anthony Michael Hall
Michael Anthony Hall, known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor who starred in several teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, made his screen debut in 1980, his films with director-screenwriter John Hughes, beginning with the popular 1983 comedy National Lampoon's Vacation and the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles, shaped his early career. Hall's next movies with Hughes were the teen classics The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, both in 1985. Hall diversified his roles to avoid becoming typecast as his geek persona, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live and starring in films such as Out of Bounds, Johnny Be Good, Edward Scissorhands and Six Degrees of Separation. After a series of minor roles in the 1990s, he starred as Microsoft's Bill Gates in the 1999 television film Pirates of Silicon Valley, he had the leading role in the USA Network series The Dead Zone from 2002 to 2007. Hall was born on Easter Sunday, April 14, 1968, in West Roxbury, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is the only child of blues-jazz singer Mercedes Hall's first marriage. She divorced Larry, an auto-body-shop owner, when their son was six months old; when Hall was three, he and his mother relocated to the West Coast, where she found work as a featured singer. After a year and a half, they returned to the East moving to New York City, where Hall grew up. Hall's ancestry is Italian, he has one half-sister, Mary Chestaro, from his mother's second marriage to Thomas Chestaro, a show business manager. His half-sister is pursuing a career as a singer under the name of Mary C. Hall uses the name Anthony, rather than Michael, he transposed his first and middle names when he entered show business because there was another actor named Michael Hall, a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Hall attended St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School of New York before moving on to Manhattan's Professional Children's School. Hall continued throughout high school. "I did not go to college," he has said, "but I'm an avid reader in the ongoing process of educating myself."
Through the 1980s, Hall's mother managed his career relinquishing that role to her second husband. At the age of seven, Hall started his career in commercials, he appeared in several commercials for toys and Bounty. His stage debut was in 1977, when he was cast as the young Steve Allen in Allen's semi-autobiographical play The Wake, he went on to appear in the Lincoln Center Festival's production of St. Joan of the Microphone, in a play with Woody Allen. In 1980, he made his screen debut in the Emmy-winning TV movie The Gold Bug, in which he played the young Edgar Allan Poe. In 1981 he started as Huck Finn in Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn but it was not until the release of the 1982 Kenny Rogers film Six Pack that he gained real notice; the following year, Hall landed the role of Rusty Griswold, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's son, in National Lampoon's Vacation, catching the attention of the film's screenwriter John Hughes, about to make the jump to directing.
"For to upstage Chevy, I thought, was a remarkable accomplishment for a 13-year-old kid," said Hughes. The film was a significant box office hit in 1983, grossing over US$61 million in the United States. After Vacation, Hall declined to reprise his role in the 1985 sequel. Hall's breakout role came in 1984, when he was cast as Farmer Ted, the scrawny, braces-wearing geek, who pursued Molly Ringwald's character in John Hughes' directing debut Sixteen Candles. Hall tried to avoid the clichés of geekness. "I didn't play him with 100 pens sticking out of his pocket," he said. "I played it like a real kid. The geek is just a typical freshman." Hall landed a spot on the promotional materials, along with co-star Ringwald. Reviews of the film were positive for Hall and his co-stars, one for People Weekly claimed that Hall's performance " the film" from Ringwald. Despite achieving only moderate success at the box office, the film made overnight stars of Ringwald and Hall. In 1985, Hall starred in two teen-oriented films directed by John Hughes.
He was cast as Brian Johnson, "the brain," in The Breakfast Club, co-starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald. Film critic Janet Maslin praised Hall, stating that the 16-year-old actor and Ringwald were "the movie's standout performers." Hall and fellow costar Molly Ringwald dated for a short period of time after filming The Breakfast Club together in 1985. That year, Hall portrayed Gary Wallace, another likable misfit, in Weird Science. Critic Sheila Benson from the Los Angeles Times said "Hall the role model supreme" for the character, but she acknowledged that "he outgrowing the role" and " need to hold the patent on the bratty bright kid." Weird Science was a moderate success at the box office but was well-received for a teen comedy. Those roles established him as the 80s "nerd-of-choice," as well as a member in good standing of Hollywood's Brat Pack. Hall, who portrayed John Hughes' alter egos in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, credits the director for putting him on the map and giving him those opportunities as a child.
"I had the time of my life," he said. "I'd consider any day of the week."Hall joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during its 1985–86 season at the age of 17. He was, remains, the youngest cast member in the show's history, his recurring characters on the show were Craig Sundberg, Idiot Sava
Red Dawn is a 1984 American war film directed by John Milius, with a screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and Milius. It stars Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton, Ron O'Neal, William Smith, Powers Boothe, it was the first film to be released in the US with a PG-13 rating. The film is set in an alternate history timeline in which the United States is invaded by the Soviet Union and its Cuban and Nicaraguan allies. However, the onset of World War III is in the background and not elaborated; the story follows a group of American high school students who resist the occupation with guerrilla warfare, calling themselves "Wolverines", after their high school mascot. The United States has become strategically isolated after several European nations withdraw from NATO. At the same time, the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact partners aggressively expand their sphere of influence. In addition, the Ukrainian wheat harvest fails. On a September morning, in the small town of Calumet, Colorado, a local high school teacher pauses when he sees Soviet paratroopers landing in a nearby field.
The paratroopers open fire. Pandemonium follows. In downtown Calumet and Soviet troops are trying to impose order after a hasty occupation. Cuban Colonel Bella instructs the KGB to go to a local sporting goods store and obtain the records of the store's gun sales on the ATF's Form 4473, which lists citizens who have purchased firearms. Brothers Jed and Matt Eckert, along with their friends Robert, Danny and Aardvark, flee into the wilderness after hastily equipping themselves at the sporting goods store owned by Robert's father. While on the way to the mountains, they run into a Soviet roadblock, but are saved by an attacking U. S. Army UH-1 helicopter gunship. After several weeks in the forest, they sneak back into town, they speak to him through the fence. The kids visit the Masons and learn that they are behind enemy lines in "occupied America". Robert's father is revealed to have been executed because of the missing inventory from his store; the Masons charge Jed and Matt with taking care of their two granddaughters and Erica.
After killing Soviet soldiers in the woods, the youths begin an armed resistance against the occupation forces, calling themselves "Wolverines", after their high school mascot. The occupation forces try reprisal tactics, executing groups of civilians following every Wolverine attack. During one of these mass executions, the fathers of Jed and Aardvark are killed. Daryl's father, Mayor Bates, tries to appease the occupation authorities. Despite the reprisal tactics the occupation forces get nowhere; the Wolverines find a downed American pilot, Lt. Col. Andrew Tanner, who informs them of the current state of the war: several American cities, including Washington, D. C. were destroyed by nuclear strikes. The middle third of the U. S. has been taken over, but American counterattacks have halted Soviet advances along the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River and the lines have stabilized. The only remaining U. S. allies, the UK and People's Republic of China, are militarily crippled. Concerned about nuclear fallout, both sides refrain from the further use of nuclear weapons.
Tanner assists the Wolverines in organizing raids against the Soviets. Soon after, in a visit to the front line and Aardvark are killed in the crossfire of a tank battle. Daryl is caught by the Soviets after being turned in by his collaborating father. Using threats of torture, KGB officers force Daryl to swallow a tracking device release him to rejoin the guerrillas. Spetsnaz are sent into the mountains carrying portable radio triangulation equipment, but are ambushed by the Wolverines; the group trace the source of the signal to Daryl, who confesses and pleads for mercy, but is executed by Robert, along with a captured Soviet soldier. The remaining Wolverines are ambushed by Mi-24 helicopter gunships, Robert and Toni are killed. Jed and Matt attack the Soviet headquarters in Calumet to distract the troops while Danny and Erica escape; the plan works. Though Colonel Bella comes across the brothers, he is unable to bring himself to kill them and lets them go; the brothers reach a bench in the park where they spent time as kids, holding each other as they die.
Danny and Erica reach the frontier of Free America. In the closing scene, a plaque is seen with Partisan Rock in the background; the rock is fenced off and an American flag flies nearby. The plaque reads:... In the early days of World War III, guerrillas – children – placed the names of their lost upon this rock, they fought here alone and gave up their lives, so "that this nation shall not perish from the earth." The film was called Ten Soldiers and was written by Kevin Reynolds. It was set in the near future as a combined force of Russians and Cubans launched an invasion of the Southwestern US. Ten children take to the hills when their small town is captured and they turn into a skilled and lethal guerrilla band. Producer Barry Beckerman read the script, and, in the words of Peter Bart, "thought it had the potential to become a tough, taut, "art" picture made on a modest budget that could b
Brad Savage is an American actor best known for his role as Danny in the 1984 movie Red Dawn, for which he received a nomination for the Young Artist Award in the category "Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical, Adventure or Drama". Savage was born in Livonia, Michigan in 1965, his mother, became a talent agent after Brad began his acting career. His sister, Tracie Savage, is an actor. While known for Red Dawn, Savage appeared in many television shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including Salem's Lot, CHiPs, Mork & Mindy, Emergency!, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. He appeared in several other films including Two-Minute Warning, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Echoes of a Summer, No Deposit, No Return, Return from Witch Mountain and Islands in the Stream. Savage plays bass guitar and sings in the celebrity group "Band from TV" with Greg Grunberg, Hugh Laurie, James Denton, Bob Guiney, Bonnie Somerville and others. Savage has two children, his son, Keaton Savage, is an actor. Holmstrom, John.
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A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd's semi-fictional anecdotes in his 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, with some elements from his 1971 book Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. It stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley. A seasonal classic in North America, it is shown numerous times on television on the networks owned by the Turner Broadcasting System. Since 1997, a marathon of the film titled "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" has aired annually on TNT or TBS, comprising 12 consecutive airings of the film on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day each year, it is ranked as one of the best Christmas films. The film was released on November 18, 1983, it earned two Canadian Genie Awards in 1984 and in 2012 was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally or aesthetically significant". The film is presented in a series of vignettes, with narration provided by the adult Ralphie Parker reminiscing on one particular Christmas when he was nine years old.
Ralphie wanted only one thing for that Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie's desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, a Santa Claus at Higbee's department store, all giving him the same warning: "You'll shoot your eye out." Christmas morning Ralphie dives into his presents. Although he does receive some presents he enjoys, Ralphie is disappointed that he did not receive the one thing he wanted more than anything. After it appears all of the presents have been opened, Ralphie's father, "The Old Man," directs Ralphie to look at one last present that he had hidden. Ralphie opens it to reveal the Red Ryder gun. Ralphie fires it at a target perched on a metal sign in the backyard. However, the BB knocks his glasses off. While searching for them, thinking he has indeed shot his eye out, Ralphie accidentally steps on his glasses and breaks them, he lies to his mother that a falling icicle broke his glasses, she believes him. Ralphie is in bed on Christmas night with his gun by his side.
The adult Ralphie narrates that this was the best present he had received or would receive. The Old Man wins a "major award" in a contest—a reading lamp in the shape of a woman's leg wearing a fishnet stocking; the Old Man is overjoyed but Mrs. Parker is not. "The Battle of the Lamp" develops. The Old Man fights a never-ending battle with the malfunctioning furnace in the Parker home, his frustrations cause him to swear quite including one profanity-laden rant that the adult Ralphie says "is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan." Still another source of frustration for The Old Man is the dogs that belong to the Bumpus Family, the hillbilly neighbors that live next door. The Bumpuses own "at least 785 smelly hound dogs" that harass The Old Man whenever he comes home from work. On Christmas Day, the dogs ruin the family's dinner by romping through their kitchen and eating their turkey; this results in the family having Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant instead. Ralphie and his friends Flick and Schwartz are tormented by the neighborhood bullies Scut Farkus and Grover Dill.
Ralphie snaps and beats up Farkus. Mrs. Parker catches him mid-fight and Ralphie expects her to tell The Old Man, but she lies and covers for him. Flick accepts a "triple dog dare" from Schwartz to stick his tongue onto the school flagpole, his tongue freezes onto the pole, requiring assistance from the police and fire department to free him. Nobody blames anyone. After getting a Christmas tree, while attempting to help fix a flat tire on the ride home Ralphie utters "the Queen Mother of Dirty Words" and when they do get home, his mother washes his mouth out with Lifebuoy soap. Ralphie, in an act of what he describes as "inexorable official justice" for the flagpole incident, blames Schwartz for teaching him the word; that night, Ralphie melodramatically imagines going blind from soap poisoning. For homework and his classmates are assigned to write a theme paper on what they want for Christmas. Ralphie writes about the Red Ryder BB gun and imagines himself receiving the highest grade in the class.
He is horrified to receive a C+ on the assignment and a handwritten comment by Miss Shields: "You'll shoot your eye out!" Ralphie, a fan of the Little Orphan Annie radio program, eagerly awaits the arrival of a decoder pin he has applied to receive. When it comes in the mail, he uses it to decode a secret message at the end of the day's broadcast, but is disappointed to find it is only an advertisement for Ovaltine, the show's sponsor. Much to his dismay, Ralphie mutters, "A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!" Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker Jean Shepherd as adult Ralphie Ian Petrella as Randy Parker Melinda Dillon as Mrs. Parker Darren McGavin as Mr. Parker Scott Schwartz as Flick R. D. Robb as Schwartz Zack Ward as Scut Farkus Yano Anaya as Grover Dill Tedde Moore as Miss Shields Jeff Gillen as Santa Claus The basis of the screenplay is a series of monologues written and performed by Jean Shepherd on radio. Shepherd wrote the adaptation with Leigh Brown. Several subplots are incorporated into the body of the film, based on other separate short stories by Shepherd.
Shepherd provides the film's narration from the perspective of an adult Ralphi