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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)
First Lady
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 USA:

$12,112,267, 24 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,592,389, 31 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,832,389, 31 December 1997
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Towards the beginning, when Howard is in his office taking phone calls, while talking with his wife, he signs a contract. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed his own name during this scene. See more »


When Howard first arrives at the Mall of America store for the late Turbo Man dolls, he is going down an escalator. Then, in the next shot, a crowd is shown at a toy store. You can see Howard in the crowd before he even gets there. See more »


Howard Langston: [the second time on the phone, he still can't get Liz] Jamie, let me talk to your mother.
Jamie Langston: You can't.
Howard Langston: Why?
Jamie Langston: She's next door petting Ted.
[he means a reindeer that Ted got Johnny who just then named after him, and without clarifying it, Howard misunderstands it]
Howard Langston: [aggravated] She's what?
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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 »


References Miracle on 34th Street (1994) See more »


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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"Nobody Likes you Booster"
23 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie is so ridiculous, but so funny at the same time. I watch it every Christmas just to hear many of the Schwarzenegger phrases like: - Who told you you could eat my cookies? - Put the cookie down...NOW! - Nobody likes you Booster (maybe Sinbad's line) - I'm not a pervert... and the many times he says "Jamie", I hated that darn brat...what a spoiled kid Anakin was.

But this movie is funny how it shows that parents are crazy to get one toy for their spoiled little brat. Sinbad is hilarious, and I miss him in movies, and it has the good 'ol Phil Hartman.

Arnold faces an army of Santas, which is funny as well as his corny lines I watch this to hear. Although this isn't the best Christmas movie, it's still enjoyable.

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