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Since its 1983 release, A Christmas Story has truly become a holiday classic, cherished by young and old alike.
The film stars Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, a boy who wants nothing more than to have a Red Ryder B.B. gun for Christmas. It also features a cast of memorable characters including Darren McGavin as Ralphie’s leg-lamp loving dad, Ian Petrella as his whiny kid brother Randy, and R. D. Robb as his smart-aleck, trouble-making friend, Schwartz.
A Christmas Story is loved for the nostalgia it creates, reminding viewers there was a simpler era where gathering around the radio to listen to their favorite program and writing a list to Santa were some of their most favorite pastimes.
In recent years, new fans have discovered this cinematic gem as TBS has aired a 24-hour marathon of the film from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. A museum dedicated to A Christmas Story has opened in Cleveland, Ohio, and the beloved film has even been made into a Broadway musical.
One of the most fun things to do while watching this movie is to recite its famous lines along with the characters. Get ready to quote them! Here are the top 10 most memorable lines from A Christmas Story:
10. “Hurry up kid, the store’s closin’.”
These have to be the grumpiest elves and creepiest mall Santa ever assembled.
9. “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine?”
We can feel the excitement and anticipation building. It’s almost too much! Then, smack. We are hit with the same disappointment as Ralphie when his decoder pin reveals that the message is a "crummy commercial."
8. “Oh, fudge…”
…Except he didn’t say fudge, and he got his mouth washed out with soap for it.
7. “Show me how the piggies eat.”
Who doesn’t like to play with their food?
6. “He looks like a deranged Easter bunny!”
It was really nice of Aunt Clara to make pajamas for Ralphie, but really, a pink bunny?!
5. “I can’t put my arms down!”
We all know the feeling of being overly bundled as children. I laugh every time Randy’s arms pop back up.
4. “Frag-i-le – must be Italian.”
I find myself quoting this whenever I see "fragile" printed on a box.
3. “I triple dog dare ya!” and 2. “Stuck? Stuck? Stuck! Stuck!”
There are two things you learn from this. One, don’t ever listen to Schwartz. Two, don’t stick your tongue to a frozen flagpole.
1. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”
Despite scenes where Ralphie is told this by his mother, his teacher, and Santa, he still ends up with the Red Ryder B.B. gun in the end.