A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story (1983)

53 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: There was no foil wrapping paper in the 1940s.

Correction: In the 1937 Shirley Temple/Heidi movie, her snow globe (Christmas present), is wrapped in foil wrapping paper.

Corrected entry: Randie is in the cupboard crying because he thinks his Dad is going to kill Ralphie. When the Mom gives Randie a glass of milk, there is a can of "Kleaner" by Ran die's leg. When she opens the cupboard door again to take his empty milk glass, the can is no longer there.

Correction: Considering that he drank the entire glass of milk, there is plenty of time for Randy to move the can.

ctown28 Premium member

Corrected entry: In Ralph's daydream, when the bad guys jump the fence, it is obvious they are using trampolines to spring over.

Missy RiRi

Correction: It's a silly kids daydream that is being imagined his own way. Daydreams are like any dreams. Anything can happen, therefore not a mistake.


Corrected entry: When Ralph is shooting the bad guys in his daydream he shoots three times and kills four men.

Correction: This is a daydream. Not real.


Corrected entry: When we view Flick stuck to the pole with our back to the school, the pole is near the left gate post. When the emergency crew arrives to release him, the pole is near the right gate post. (00:17:55 - 00:19:35)


Correction: The camera angle changes from looking more left down the road (you see a green garage) to straight perpendicular to the road, so it just looks like the flag pole switches to be in line with either side of gate.

Corrected entry: When Ralph and Randy and a bunch of other kids go visit Santa, as they are in the line going up the stairs, we see a kid on saints lap but then about half the people disappear after he went down the slide, after that it was just 2 kids behind Ralph and Randy and a little later on behind them about 3/4 of them have disappeared and changed after Ralph and Randy go.

Cloude2 Premium member

Correction: The "disappearing" people coincide with Ralph and Randy's movement through the line. This all works together to show the passage of time (they're in line for a while).

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: "A Christmas Story" forever associated Peter Billingsly with the phrase "you'll shoot your eye out"; but Billingsly really is legally blind, and has been legally blind all of his life.

Charles Austin Miller

Correction: Peter Billignsley is not blind, he was just making a comic overstatement in an interview: http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/shore/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/peter-billingsley-targets-christmas-story-for-broadway/article_f062f643-f294-5eb7-95ab-371b23812e7d.html.

ctown28 Premium member

Corrected entry: This movie is supposed to take place in 1940 in Indiana. However, in Ralph's class at school (in more than one scene), there are at least two African American children. Integrated schools did not come to northern Indiana until 1945 or later.

Correction: That all depended on exactly where in northern Indiana the school was and the school itself. If they were in an area where there were not many African American children to begin with; they didn't have enough children to have another school for them so it was either integrate them or not allow them into the school. While there were schools that refused to allow them to attend school, there were others that did. Since there seems to be very few African American students at this school, it's safe to assume this was a case where there were not enough students to segregate into their own school and this particular school allowed them to attend.

Corrected entry: When Ralphie is decoding his secret message from Little Orphan Annie, when the shot is close to the paper, you can see that Ralphie writes in both capital and lowercase letters. As the scene continues, the camera changes angles so that the paper is farther away, and the entire message is written in capital letters.

Correction: The only lower case letter Ralphie prints is the letter "e" on the first word of the message "Be" he prints every other letter of the message in upper case. The camera shows the message correctly as it is written.

Corrected entry: While the family is driving home after picking out their tree and before the tire blowout, the kids and the wife are singing "Jingle Bells". On the driver's side of the car, a shadow of a microphone is seen bouncing up and down to the song, conducting the cast as they sing the song.

Correction: After looking closely at the scene, the shadow on the Old Man's side of the car is Ralph's stocking cap. This can be told because it is the shape of Ralph's cap, moves in time to his movements and comes from behind, rather than in front of, the Old Man.

Movie Nut

Corrected entry: After Black Bart springs over the fence (with the aid of the obvious trampoline), there's only one "dead" guy lying on the ground. After the cut scene, the four "dead" men are sitting back-to-back in a circle under the monkey bars.

Movie Nut

Correction: This entire scene is taking place within Ralphie's imagination, so it doesn't have to follow the standard movie rules of continuity.


Corrected entry: The Look magazine Ralphie inserts the Red Rider ad in has Shirley Temple and Santa on the cover. That magazine came out in Dec. 1937. Later during the Christmas parade and in Higbee's, you see characters from The Wizard of Oz, which came out in 1939.

Correction: This movie takes place in the 40s after The Wizard of Oz came out. That copy of Look magazine is an older copy the mom has been keeping.

Corrected entry: Characters from The Wizard of Oz appear in the parade and at the department store. But that movie, which premiered in 1939, initially bombed in theaters and didn't become widely known to the public until re-releases in the late 1940s and TV showings starting in the 1950s. It seems unlikely the characters would have been featured.

Correction: Characters from The Wizard of Oz were used in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as early as 1939, so their appearance in the film is entirely plausible. http://laughingsquid.com/macys-thanksgiving-day-parades-through-the-years/

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When the teacher asks "Where's Flick" (while his tongue is stuck to the pole), standing behind her desk, center room, she looks to her right and sees outdoors as if she is at the window. Then she rushes to the window in only two steps. When she runs towards the class door (opposite side of room) you can count 5 to 6 steps to get her from the window back to her desk.


Correction: She moves toward the window as soon as she sees him and the number of steps and time are appropriate.


Corrected entry: When the kids are putting gifts on Mrs. Shields' desk, the words "Merry Christmas" are written on the board behind her in red chalk. Later, when handing back the themes, the 'M' in Merry and the 'C' in Christmas are now written in white or yellow chalk, and the rest of the lettering is in a lighter red or orange chalk.

Movie Nut

Correction: It's a completely different day at school. Anyone who has ever been in a school knows that the original "Merry Christmas" on the chalkboard wouldn't have lasted long.

Corrected entry: Toward the end, Ralphie has his new BB gun outside ready to fire at the target. Trouble is, as he ran through the house, he only had the BB gun, and nothing else. The target magically set itself up on the metal sign that the BB ricocheted off.

Movie Nut

Correction: Ralphie is holding the paper target with his BB gun as he runs toward the door.

Corrected entry: While Randy and Ralphie are waiting in line to see Santa, the heavy-set lady in the red coat is ahead of them. A short time later,they are in front of the heavy-set lady in the red coat.

Correction: When the announcement comes on over the PA that the store is closing, just after the kid with the goggles takes his turn with Santa, Ralphie pushes past the heavy set lady so that he and his brother can have their turn. There is a whole scene of the two of them squeezing past the lady as she turns to go back down the stairs.

Corrected entry: Ralphie's father complains after reading in the paper that "The Sox traded Bullfrog!" which is a reference to Chicago White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich. Dietrich was released by the Sox, not traded, in 1946.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Correction: The Bullfrog he was referring to is a fictional character. He was traded for Shottenhoffer. There has never been a MLB player named Shottenhoffer.


Corrected entry: As Ralphie gets the first two letters in the code we are told the first word is "be." Since there is no distinction from when one word ends and the next word begins, it is too early at this point to determine the first word. (00:50:00)


Correction: Ralphie is excited and grasping to learn the code so since "B" and "E" make a word, that's his first assumption, which turns out to be right.


Corrected entry: Watch when all the kids are putting the fake teeth in their mouth near the beginning of the movie. Ralphie's friend, the kid who sits in front of him, just pretends to put the fake teeth in at that point. Very obvious.

Paul Van Scott

Correction: We don't see the students put in the teeth. When they say "Good Morning, Miss Shields" his teeth are loosened and he readjusts them.


Continuity mistake: When Ralphie's father is sitting in the chair reading the funnies (before the dogs ruin the turkey), there is a small gold lampshade sitting on the table next to him. In the first shot, there is a Christmas bow on it. In the following shot, the bow has disappeared.

More mistakes in A Christmas Story

Mom: Ralphie, what would you like for Christmas?
Adult Ralphie: Horrified, I heard myself blurt it out.
Ralphie: I want an official Red Ryder carbine action two hundred shot range model air rifle.
Mom: No. You'll shoot your eye out.

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Trivia: The film is set in Indiana, but was actually filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the only place the directors could find that looked like a midwestern town in the 1940's.

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