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Jingle All the Way (1996)

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A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Director:

Brian Levant

Writer:

Randy Kornfield
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Howard Langston
Sinbad ... Myron Larabee
Phil Hartman ... Ted Maltin
Rita Wilson ... Liz Langston
Robert Conrad ... Officer Hummell
Martin Mull ... D.J.
Jake Lloyd ... Jamie Langston
Jim Belushi ... Mall Santa (as James Belushi)
E.J. De la Pena E.J. De la Pena ... Johnny (as E.J. de la Pena)
Laraine Newman ... First Lady
Justin Chapman ... Billy
Harvey Korman ... President
Richard Moll ... Dementor
Daniel Riordan ... Turbo Man
Jeff L. Deist Jeff L. Deist ... T.V. Booster / Puppeteer (as Jeff Deist)
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Storyline

Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, Jaime, after he misses his son's karate exposition, he tries hard to come up with a way to make it up to him. Jamie says he wants for Christmas is an action figure of television hero Turbo Man. Unfortunately 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two Dads, One Toy, No Prisoners.

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence, mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Could This Be Christmas? See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,112,267, 24 November 1996

Gross USA:

$60,592,389

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,832,389
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film draws inspiration from the high demand for Christmas toys, such as the Cabbage Patch Kids and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which often led to intense searching and occasional violence amongst shoppers. Randy Kornfield wrote the film's original screenplay after witnessing his in-laws go to a Santa Monica toy store at dawn in order to get his son a Power Ranger. While admitting to missing the clamor for the Cabbage Patch Kids and Power Rangers, Producer Chris Columbus experienced a similar situation in 1995 when he attempted to obtain a Buzz Lightyear action figure from Toy Story (1995). As a result, he re-wrote Kornfield's script, which was accepted by 20th Century Fox. See more »

Goofs

Balthazar's head in the fireplace disappears in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Billy: Look, it's Turbo Man and Booster!
Dementor: Kill them both!
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there is a brief heartwarming family scene, that ends with a question from Liz. She asks Howard what he got her for Christmas. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Latin American version, the Spanish-speaking Turboman speaks in Italian. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Run Rudolph Run
Written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie
Performed by Chuck Berry
Courtesy of MCA Records
by arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

 
I call it a guilty pleasure!
12 December 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Jingle All the Way is far from perfect, but it is fun and worthwhile. The plot tells of an overworked businessman who wants to buy a Turbo Man, the year's hottest toy, for his neglected son. In the title role of Howard Langston, Arnold Schwarznegger acquits himself well, particularly in the action sequences. The soundtrack is awesome, the film is not too bad to look at and the climax is a lot of fun if very far fetched. Sinbad is amusing is Myron, and James Belushi is great as the Crooked Santa. Phil Hartmann(while he has been better) is hilarious as Ted, the phone conversation between him and Howard is a hoot. Rita Wilson does a good job as the mother, and Jake Lloyd is cute as Jamie. The film has some nice messages for kids. While the film is funny in places, the humour is questionable sometimes. The film is also rather short, and perhaps a tad rushed. Also Brian Levant's direction could have done with a harder edge. Still, despite the failings, it is a fun Christmas comedy, that is not really to be taken seriously. I call it a guilty pleasure. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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