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Jingle All the Way (1996)

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A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, however, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mall Santa (as James Belushi)
Johnny (as E.J. de la Pena)
Justin Chapman ...
Jeff L. Deist ...
T.V. Booster / Puppeteer (as Jeff Deist)


Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, after he misses his son's karate exposition, he tries hard to come up with a way to make it up to him, this is when his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son's television hero, Turbo Man. Unfortunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, now Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else including a mail man named Myron to find a Turbo Man action figure, and to make it to the Wintertainment parade which will feature Turbo Man. Written by John Wiggins

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Two Dads, One Toy, No Prisoners.


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence, mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Could This Be Christmas?  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,112,267 (USA) (22 November 1996)


$60,573,641 (USA) (21 February 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Allen was considered for the role of Howard Langston See more »


In the store on Christmas Eve morning, all the customers and salespeople laugh because there are no more Turbo Man dolls and they claim that the last doll went with a lady in a fur coat. But, if you look closely, you can see customers holding Turbo Man dolls and some on the shelves. However, the boxes they're holding say "Turbo Man" on the top to indicate they are associated with the Turbo Man toy-line. Boxes containing Booster and Dementor are in similar boxes, so they could very well be in the boxes held by customers at the toy store. See more »


Howard: This can't happen. It's just a doll. It's just a stupid little plastic doll.
Myron: Ah ah, that's "action figure".
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there is a brief heartwarming family scene, that ends with a question from Liz. She asks Howard what he got her for Christmas. See more »


We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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User Reviews

2 lunatics vie for a toy at Christmas
8 May 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This film shows the insanity of Christmas. Two parents, who waited untill the last minute to buy a popular gift for their child, spend all of Christmas Eve trying to come up with the toy. They were vicious and violent with each other in their efforts to secure the piece of plastic junk for their little darling. This picture shows just how goofy people act at this time of year. Instead of preparing, most folks wait till it is too late; all in the name of Christmas spirit. Arnold portrayed a man who ignored his boy all year, and then tried to buy his love at Christmas with a pitiful little bauble. How true of real life. A funny movie on one hand, a tragedy on the other. Look and learn.

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