A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story (1983)

52 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: When Randy is playing with his fire truck on Christmas morning, Ralphie pushes it away from Randy, causing him to whine. When the parents come downstairs, every sound except for Randy's whine and imitation of the fire truck's sound can be heard from when Ralphie did this.


Correction: Randy doesn't whine he says Hey! when Ralp pushes away the firetruck. The sounds you hear when the parents come downstairs is the boys playing. No audio problems here.


Corrected entry: When Ralphie receives and decodes the Little Orphan Annie secret message, the last numbers don't match. On the radio, the announcer said the last number is 25. But in close-up shots of the paper Ralphie wrote on, you can see he has written 11 as the last number.

Correction: The announcer never says the last number is 25. It's just the last number we hear as the camera cuts to the radio. The rest of the numbers are edited out, we don't need to hear all the numbers.


Corrected entry: In the scene after they buy a Christmas tree, and are singing Jingle Bells, the tire pops and the father says, "Dangum blowout," but his lips don't move.

Correction: His mouth does move as he says the line.


Corrected entry: When Ralphie gives the huge fruit basket to his teacher, she has to move it aside to see who is behind it. Their height in relation to the basket varies from one shot to the next - a few shots show both of them taller than the basket, which would have allowed the teacher and Ralph to see each other the whole time.

Correction: The difference is in the camera angle of the shots. As Ralphie is carrying the basket, he is holding it up, blocking his face and as he lowers it to the desk, along with a grunt, he lowers his body and head, of course, as he brings the basket down to place it in front of the teacher. In the next shot, the camera angle is looking from about the teachers armpit, not from her head and line of sight. It would appear that she would be able to see just a portion of Ralphie's face, above the yellow bow, which is why she moved it aside.

Corrected entry: When Ralphie receives his theme with the "C" grade, a map is visible behind the teacher, which stops at the northern border of California. In the next shot, the map now continues north of California.

Correction: There are two reasons why this may not be a mistake. First, the teacher has walked over and is standing right in front of the map as she is saying that she is disappointed with the margins. The camera pans and the scene continues for another ten seconds or more as Ralphie is looking at his C+ paper. It is not uncommon for teachers to straighten things in their classroom as they walk around and that was plenty of time to do so, as she was right there. Second,the shot showing the witch in front of the map is in Ralphie's imagination, where the map may look as however he may conjure it to look.

Corrected entry: When Ralphie goes to see Santa at Higbee's. They are on the street level when they are watching the parade. Then they go up an escalator to the very same street level where they once were. Also later in the scene Santa was telling one of the elves "if Mr.Higbee was thinking that was going to work any later than 9" Now Edwin Converse Higbee (The founder of Higbee's) died in 1906,over 24 years before the Higbee's store that they were at was finished (1931).


Correction: This should be submitted as two separate mistakes. Also, there is a cut between the end of the parade and when we see them come up the escalator. We have no idea what they did in between.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: After Ralphie swears, his mother goes to the wall telephone in the hall to call Mrs. Schwartz. The film is set in Indiana, USA, but the telephone is a 1940s Northern Electric "Uniphone", made for small-town, local Canadian telephone companies, certainly not for the huge Bell System in the U.S. Back then, telephones were leased, not purchased, and you couldn't bring a phone from a different country and connect it to the line without getting in serious trouble with your service provider (they could test your line and see if any unauthorized phones were connected).

Correction: The telephone is a North Electric No.1 Uniphone, not a Northern Electric (Canadian)telephone and is the correct telephone for the time period.

Corrected entry: When Ralphie and Randy go to see Santa, we see Santa deal with a boy who he calls a "wet one" and we see him tell the elves to get him off because he's wet. There's no wet spot visible on the boy.

Correction: There is a small wet spot in the very middle of the boys pants.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Ralphie's father is gluing the leg lamp back together, there is no cord on the lamp.

Correction: Completely untrue. Not only is the cord CLEARLY visible, after the lamp falls apart the entire top of the lamp, including the shade are hanging by the cord.

Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the movie, there is no cabinet under the sink. Later, Randy is hiding in a cabinet under the sink, afraid that Daddy is going to kill Ralphie because of the fight he had.

Correction: I just watched this movie last night and looked specifically for this mistake. The shadows in the earlier scenes make the area beneath the sink appear to have no cabinet, but, looking closely, the cabinet is there throughout the movie.

Corrected entry: The movie is supposed to be set in 1939-1940. However, since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday (his father reads the Sunday comics), it either had to be 1938 or 1949. To further confuse the issue, in neither year did the Bears and Packers play each other in December.

Correction: This movie is not set up to be a historic documentary; it is fiction. Therefore, the movie makers have leeway to make minor changes.

Zwn Annwn

Corrected entry: In the scene where Ralphie says the F word, he starts to walk back to get into the car. He passes in front of the car upset and inside the car, it's VERY dark. In fact you cant see anything in the car. Then, the camera changes to view inside the car and it seems like there's a light on inside. You can see them perfectly fine. (00:41:20)

Correction: This is a common movie-making convention. We need to be able to see the action in side of the car. The same way there always seems to be a light in other dark places, such as caves.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: When "saving" his family from Black Bart and his gang, Ralphie shoots the one climbing the rope, who then falls to the ground. When they show Black Bart standing behind the monkey bars, the guy that fell off the rope is in the background, supposedly dead. But, when Black Bart is talking to Ralphie, you can see the guy's breath because of the cold weather.

Correction: This is a dream sequence. Whatever happens is provided by a young boys (Ralphie) imagination thus not a valid mistake per submission rules.

Paul Van Scott

Corrected entry: In the scene where Ralphie's Dad jumps out of his snow covered car and excitedly shouts that he has won "a major prize", you can see that a significant amount of snow "suddenly" melts away from the car during the couple seconds it takes to cut away from the car and come back.

Correction: After reviewing the sequence several times, the snow appears identical to me - even the pattern on the hood. You would expect that the warmth of the engine would begin melting the snow more quickly, once the car stops and the heat builds up, however, I see virtually zero change between shots.

Corrected entry: When Ralphie's mother serves meatloaf at the dinner table, she is serving it in a loaf pan from the oven with no oven mitts or pot holders to prevent her from burning her hands.

Correction: It's possible she cooked the meatloaf earlier and left it in the oven on warm. Some wives do this. If this was done it would not be hot enough to need mitts or pot holders.


Corrected entry: Ming the Merciless and Flash Gordon are included in the end credits but are NOT in the film. As explained on the DVD audio commentary, Peter Billingsly says it was a cut scene. Obviously the credits were not cut to reflect that change.

Correction: Credit's are not always cut to reflect editing changes. Since they still initially filmed the scene, included or not, they can choose to still "credit" said charcters since they did film them.


Corrected entry: When Ralphie imagines himself saving his family from Black Bart with his BB gun, his mother says she knew Bart would be back. In the very next shot, Ralphie addresses her as "Dad."

Correction: Again, this is a daydream sequence, entirely made up. Normal rules do not apply to dream sequences. Ralphie can do/say whatever because it is his dream.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Ralphie is imagining himself as a blind man, you can see that his mother's hand (on his chest) changes places with almost every shot. In some cases, there may be time for her to move it, but most of the time, the shots change too quickly for her to have time to shift her hand.

Correction: Since this entire segment is happening in Ralphie's mind, it is possible that he did worry about specific details during his daydream.


Corrected entry: When Black Bart leaves the backyard, and jumps onto his horse, in the foreground you can see a small trampoline that he used for his jump.

Correction: This whole sequence is in Ralphie's head, and he could have easily imagined that Black Bart would need a trampoline to get over the fence. It's not a mistake, just the way Ralphie's mind gets Bart over the fence.

Corrected entry: While waiting in line to see Santa, Ralphie politely listens to the weird kid with the funny hat and goggles. Keep your eye on Randy. He cracks a huge smile at someone off camera (had to be his real mom), then immediately goes back in character.

Correction: He is a kid, in a store, with Christmas stuff all around including the Wizard of Oz character's (that he already was excited about). What is to say that he can't crack a huge smile seeing the Tin Man or a toy or something else that caught his fancy. Even if not in the script, this could certainly be "in character" for a small boy in this situation.

Zwn Annwn

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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