It takes a very special film to have such an affectionate audience that a TV channel can run it on loop for 24 hours in a row every single year. But such is the devotion of fans of A Christmas story, which was at best a moderate hit when it first opened in cinemas in 1983, but eventually developed into an annual holiday party with annual marathons on cable TV, with TNT and TBS broadcasting 12 consecutive shows each Christmas.
Fans will appreciate the adventures of little Ralphie, played by Peter Billingsley, who only wants a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Ralphie when he was growing up, you’ll find out, as Billingsley now has to return to a sequel called A Christmas story Christmas. The film premieres on HBO Max.
Here is the plot synopsis, via Deadline:
The film follows an adult Ralphie (Billingsley) in the 1970s, who returns to the house on Cleveland Street to give his children a magical Christmas like the one he had growing up. With the same attention to the real tone as the first, Ralphie recreates the connection to childhood friends, reconciles her old husband’s passing, and sews the seeds for the origins of the beloved Holiday classic.
A Christmas story has had successors before. In 1994 director Bob Clark (who also directed the original A Christmas story) made My summer story with a young Kieran Culkin as Ralphie. IN 2012 A Christmas story 2 went directly to DVD. (It was directed by Brian Levant, the filmmaker behind another nostalgic Christmas favorite, Jingle all the way.) Still, A Christmas story Christmas is the first sequel with Billingsley back in the role that made him famous. We know it’s a hit when in a few years it gets its own 24 hour Christmas marathon
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