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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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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
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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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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 »

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Comedy | Family

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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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During the film's end credits, "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" by *NSYNC is played. 14 years later, one of the stars of the film, Jessica Biel married one of the singers from *NSync, Justin Timberlake. See more »

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Jake's watch switches arms a few times in the opening scene in Allie's bedroom. See more »

Quotes

Tracey Wilkinson: When did I become your slave?
Jake Wilkinson: The day you were born.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Carols By The Old Corral
Written by Johnny Lange and Archie Gottler
Performed by Tex Ritter
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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22 November 1998 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie's major flaw, other than the early release date in a shameless attempt to get the jump on the holiday movie dollar, and the utterly cliched writing that makes for scenes more sappy than a Vermont Maplewood, is the casting of Johnathan Taylor Thomas as the lead. Thomas, still his gravelie voiced, smart-alecky, "Home Improvement"-type self, just doesn't work with the material given to him. He's playing a smug pretty-boy with all the connections and all the answers, and he comes off more snotty than charming. Mainly because his one-liners just aren't funny. His smugness is un-amusing. There's no biting intelligent sarcasm, nor razor sharp wit or funny facial expressions. He's more like a spoiled 16-year old trying to be funny in front of dad's camcorder. Director Arlene Sanford, who's past efforts behind the camera have consisted mainly of tv sitcoms and hour-long dramas such as "Ally McBeal" and "Caroline In The City", does manage to pull off a few heart-warming holiday moments (aided greatly by composer John Debney's trademark gooey scoring), and even manages to make Jennifer Biel of "7th Heaven" fame interesting, mostly when she's in scenes without J.T.T. Kudos also to Sanford for casting Gary Cole in her film; even though his role is limited and largely unimportant, he's a talented actor who deserves more exposure than he gets. If it's Christmas Eve and you're in the mood to be pumped up for the holiday and sick of "Its A Wonderful Life", than "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is for you. Otherwise, wait for the next theatrical Christmas vehicle...without good looking teenagers from tv in the lead.


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