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I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.

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Cast

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Jake
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Allie
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Carolyn
Lauren Maltby ...
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Max
Lesley Boone ...
Marjorie
Amzie Strickland ...
Tom Tom Girl Mary
Natalie Barish ...
Tom Tom Girl Darlene
Mark de la Cruz ...
Esteban (as Mark De La Cruz)
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Tom Tom Girl Gloria
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Gabby
Celia Kushner ...
Tom Tom Girl Mama
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Storyline

A college student experiences difficulty in getting home for Christmas after being hazed by his friends. While struggling to get home in time for Christmas, he learns quite a bit about himself and the true meaning of the holiday. Written by Anonymous

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Somewhere between L.A. and N.Y. Jake found the meaning of Christmas. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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13 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine wüste Bescherung  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,898,293 (USA) (13 November 1998)

Gross:

$12,213,678 (USA) (15 January 1999)
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Trivia

Jonathan Taylor Thomas left Home Improvement to do this movie. He said he was going to college, but he did this movie instead. When Tim Allen found out, he was really angry. See more »

Goofs

When Nolan is talking with Jake in the van while driving he is holding a tomato in one hand and a hamburger in the other, but when he hands them over to Jake (to catch Allie and Eddie) he only hands over the hamburger, and the tomato is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: [as Allie emerges from her motel room] Whoa! You're not so cute in the morning. I'm kind of glad nothing happened.
[she slugs him for that remark]
Eddie: Ow! You just slugged me!
Allie: As per our agreement.
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Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Oira Oira Polka
Written by M. Shad
Performed by The Polka Kings
Courtesy of Time Records, Inc.
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Hmmm, not the best Disney movie I've seen.
21 December 1998 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

Well, I'd give this a 6 out of 10 because I love Christmas, but really the plot was fairly thin and wasn't this same idea run through in John Hughes "Dutch (aka Driving Me Crazy) - kid doesn't want to go home (for Thanksgiving in that movie), but then he has all sorts of adventures on the road on his way home and learns his lesson, etc, etc.

The only problem with this movie is that, unlike "Dutch", I honestly didn't feel that JTT had learned his lesson at all, he was still a scam artist at the end. Disney should really learn some lessons from John Hughes / Chris Columbus, they really know how to make a kids live-action movie!

I was so disappointed because it sounded like a really fun idea, but turned into the plot of a so-so TV movie.

It's worth seeing, but go on cheap Tuesday, or with free tickets, you'll feel less ripped off!!


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