If there’s one lesson we all learned from this holiday classic, it’s not to stick our tongues on the flagpole, because, as Mythbusters discovered, they really do stick.
That’s just one of the fun pieces of film trivia Mental_Floss discovered about 1983′s A Christmas Story, and the list may even inspire you to dig out those other movies Flick was in…or not.
1. Jack Nicholson was very interested in playing Ralphie’s dad. But casting (and paying) Jack would have meant doubling the budget, so he was removed from consideration. Director Bob Clark — who didn’t know Nicholson was interested at the time — says Darrin McGavin was the perfect choice.
2. What does Porky’s, the raunchy ’80s teen sex movie, have to do with a wholesome film like A Christmas Story? Bob Clark directed both—Porky’s in 1982 and A Christmas Story in 1983. If Porky’s hadn’t given him the professional and financial success he needed, he wouldn’t have been able to bring A Christmas Story to the big screen.
3. For anyone keeping count, Ralphie says he wants the Red Ryder BB Gun 28 times throughout the course of the movie. That’s approximately once every three minutes and 20 seconds.
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Holiday trivia with a bow on top.
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