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Old 12-01-2008, 02:20 PM   #1
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Thumbs up 'Christmas Story' fans celebrate film's 25th year

CLEVELAND Fans of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" are celebrating the film's 25th anniversary with a convention and trips to the house where the movie was made.

The 1983 film, an adaptation of Jean Shepard's memoir of a boy in the 1940s, was set in Indiana but largely filmed in Ohio. The movie starred Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, a young boy determined to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

The film was a modest theatrical success, but critics loved it. It eventually joined "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" as a Christmas cult classic.

"It's a film about being a kid and looking back," said Brian Jones, who owns the house where the movie was shot and the neighboring museum dedicated to the film.

About 4,000 fans are attending the convention at Cleveland's Renaissance Hotel, where they'll meet some of the film's actors, watch three documentaries made about the film and see the original 1938 fire truck from a famous scene in the movie involving a child's tongue stuck to a frozen pole.

"It is unbelievable that a movie has touched the lives of millions of families," said Phil Gillen, son of the late actor Jeff Gillen who played the movie's worn-out Santa Claus. He traveled from Miami with his family to attend the convention.

Avid fans Mark and Becky Tompkins also traveled to the meetup with their children, Madison, 9, and Brandon, 5.

"It's a Christmas movie that you can watch and relate to," Mark Tompkins said. "Everyone, whether they want to admit it or not, really wanted a special gift one holiday."
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I've watched that movie so many times, and love it! It never gets old.
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I know, I am hoping that TNT will play it for 24 hours again...LOL...I will watch it at least 2 times.
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I've watched that film a few times, and I do agree with Pink. It's such a timeless classic that it never gets old!!

I especially liked the part when one of the boys got dared to stick his tongue at the flagpole, and the hilarity that ensued after it.
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WOOO HOO...it was on last night on TNT!!

I watched it (of course) & laughed my head off again...just LOVE that movie!

LMAO...stoner I love that part too, "I triple dog dare you"!
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