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Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  22 November 1996 (USA)
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A father needs to get a Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas. Unfotunately, every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else to find a Turbo Man figure.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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. Unfotunately 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:

El regalo prometido  »

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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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In order for Howard (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and the mall Santa (James Belushi) to enter the warehouse, the mall Santa has to use the password "Jingle Bells; Batman Smells". Arnold Schwarzenegger would go on to play Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin a year later and appeared as himself in a photograph in Max Schrek's office in Batman Returns four years prior. 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 »


Myron Larabee: Ta-ta, Turtleman!
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there is a brief heartwarming family scene, and a question from Liz. See more »


References Toy Story (1995) 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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One of the best Christmas movies I've ever seen
18 November 2005 | by (Chantilly, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

JINGLE ALL THE WAY, in my opinion, is one of the best Christmas movies I've ever seen. I thought that Howard (Arnold Schwarzenegger) should have paid a little more attention to his family. The one person I really couldn't stand was Myron (Sinbad). This was because of his attitude. Plus, he tried to hurt Jamie (Jake Lloyd). I must say that Howard was very foolish to wait so long to buy Jamie's present. Even my parents have more sense than that! No offense to you, Howard. If you ask me, Liz (Rita Wilson) looked very beautiful in the nightgown she wore. The part that really made me laugh the most was when Howard broke into Ted's (Phil Hartman) house and stole the Turbo Man doll that was supposed to be for Johnny (E.J. De La Pena). This was because Ted's reindeer charged at Howard and caused him to set the living room carpet on fire. That was absolutely hilarious! In conclusion, I highly recommend this holiday smash to everyone... especially all you Arnold Schwarzenegger fans who have not seen it. When you see it, prepare to laugh and have a good time.

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