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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?  »

Filming Locations:


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?


At one point Myron says, "Jonny Quest" when referring to well-known characters on TV. Robert Patrick voiced one of the characters in the Jonny Quest (1986) TV series. Patrick played the T-1000 cyborg in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. See more »


Ted puts the star up on Howard's Christmas tree twice. See more »


Ted: [in a humiliated state, arriving after Turbo Man reveals himself as Howard] What's going on?
Johnny: Look, Jamie's dad is Turbo Man.
Ted: [appalled, then takes Johnny away] Let's get outta here!
Johnny: But Dad, you smell like barf!
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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 »


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Sleigh Ride
Written by Mitchell Parish and Leroy Anderson
Produced by Phil Ramone
Performed by Darlene Love with The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Brian Setzer appears courtesy of Interscope Records
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User Reviews

Great fun
4 April 1999 | by (Maidenhead - UK) – See all my reviews

Everything about this movie is great. It has a great cast (With a wonderfully sleazy Phil Hartman). A great script with loads of laughter.

It's obviously created as a spoof for the Christmas buying crazes that go on in the world, where everybody must have that one very special toy.

It has the look and feel of a children's movie - but I'm not sure it is, or was ever designed to be.

Don't expect a Schwarzie action movie. It's more a live-action cartoon.

Jingle all the way is a movie I've seen a couple of times now - and I'll watch it again and again. Good fun. 8/10.

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