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All I Want for Christmas (1991)

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A brother and sister attempt to bring their divorced parents back together for Christmas.

Director:

Robert Lieberman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harley Jane Kozak ... Catherine O'Fallon
Jamey Sheridan ... Michael O'Fallon
Ethan Embry ... Ethan O'Fallon (as Ethan Randall)
Kevin Nealon ... Tony Boer
Thora Birch ... Hallie O'Fallon
Andrea Martin ... Olivia
Lauren Bacall ... Lillian Brooks
Amy Oberer ... Stephanie
Renée Taylor ... Sylvia
Leslie Nielsen ... Santa
Felicity LaFortune Felicity LaFortune ... Susan
Camille Saviola Camille Saviola ... Sonya
Michael Alaimo Michael Alaimo ... Frankie
Joanne Baron ... Salesdervish #2
Alan Brooks Alan Brooks ... Mr. Chase
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Storyline

"All I Want For Christmas" is a comedy about two New York City children who launch a hilarious scheme to get what they most want this holiday season. Ethan, a practical older brother, and adorable Hallie, who knows how to charm her way out of a difficult situation, are intent on spending Christmas with their parents, Catherine and Michael, and grandmother Lillian. As Ethan and Hallie embark on their adventure, almost nothing goes exactly as they planned. Complicating things is a smarmy businessman named Toney Boer, who has taken an interest in Catherine. Ethan, meanwhile, is preoccupied with not only his parents' romantic dilemma, but also his own - one brought about by his new friendship with Stephanie, his first teenage crush. What evolves is an elaborate scheme involving mice, telephone calls and an ice-cream truck, as Ethan and Hallie try to achieve their goal with the help of Stephanie. The duo's primary obstacle is their mother's fiance, Tony. The children finally succeed with a... Written by "Benjamin" <s4806615@np.ac.sg>

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How far would you go to make a wish come true?

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo lo que quiero para Navidad See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,812,000
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Favorite movie of Hallie Kate Eisenberg's older brother and sister, to the extent that they suggested naming her after Thora Birchs character. See more »

Goofs

Ethan falls asleep while playing a home video of his parents, obviously on videotape, since it is 1991. When he wakes up in the morning, the TV is still showing a freeze-frame of his parents kissing. A video cassette would have shut off within a few minutes of freezing and would display only a blank screen or, if tuned to a broadcast, to a program. See more »

Quotes

Tony Boer: I bet you want to be a ballerina when you grow up.
Hallie O'Fallon: I never said that.
Tony Boer: I thought all little girls wanted to be ballerinas.
Hallie O'Fallon: What if I'm too fat? What if my head's too big? It's too much pressure.
Tony Boer: It's never too early to know what you want.
Hallie O'Fallon: I know what I want.
Catherine O'Fallon: Honey, I think Tony's just trying to make conversation.
Hallie O'Fallon: Wait until I'm in the third grade, then I'll pick a career.
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She's My Cutie
written by Tracy Edmond, Ken White & John Clay
performed by K.M.C. Kru
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A good film for all families and broken familys alike
10 July 1999 | by Neo-21See all my reviews

This movie is a great movie for all those who have been in a situation that you thought you would have no control of. This movie goes with the whole parent trap idea of getting two parents back together. Through a series of events they attempt to. This movie gives hope to all young children who's parents have split. For those children who's parents haven't it's good family fun.

Thora Birch ( Monkey Trouble, Now and Then) is young in this movie, she's very cute though. Ethan Embry ( Can't Hardly Wait, Empire Records) is also very good in this movie, his performance is fairly powerful for a kids movie, you really understand how much he wants his parents together. Leslie Nielsen plays a good Santa Clause, it's a small part but he plays it well. Lauren Bacall plays a very impressive role, her character is very down to earth and a very likable person. She plays a veteran actress in this movie who knows what's going on around her.

If you haven't seen this movie I suggest renting it. It's worth a rent, you just have to adapt to the fact that it's a movie for younger kids, but it's a movie we can all relate to.


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