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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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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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The story is based on the 1980s shopping frenzy over the Cabbage Patch dolls. See more »


KQRS Radio is a Twin Cities radio station, but at the time of the film's release, it was in Golden Valley, a Minneapolis suburb, not in downtown Minneapolis as shown. See more »


Turbo Man: You can always count on me.
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Crazy Credits

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


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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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