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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Howard Langston
... Myron Larabee
... Ted Maltin
... Liz Langston
... Officer Hummell
... D.J.
... Jamie Langston
... Mall Santa (as James Belushi)
E.J. De la Pena ... Johnny (as E.J. de la Pena)
... First Lady
Justin Chapman ... Billy
... President
... Dementor
... Turbo Man
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, 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. 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

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Two Dads, One Toy, No Prisoners.

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Comedy | Family

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

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22 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Could This Be Christmas?  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,112,267, 24 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,592,389, 31 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,832,389, 31 December 1997
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Trivia

The Turbo Man television show that Jamie (Jake Lloyd) watches at the beginning of the film was a parody of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993). See more »

Goofs

When Howard is "going to work" and Jamie is trying to talk him into staying for the Wintertainment Parade, at first his cereal bowl has only a little bit of cereal. Then in the next shot, it is almost full again. See more »

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[on the day before Christmas Eve, after having failed to make it to his son's karate class, Howard has just gotten home, and got out of his car, and in kind of a guilty mood, starts heading towards his house]
Ted Maltin: [from Howard's roof] Hey, neighbor!
Howard Langston: Ted, what the hell are you doing on my roof?
Ted Maltin: What's Ted doing on your roof?
[we suddenly see him light up the whole house]
Ted Maltin: Ta-da! I had some extra lights in the garage, and since you didn't put up any yourself, I just thought "What the hey?" Why not spread ...
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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 »

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References Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) See more »

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The Nutcracker - Russian Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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2 lunatics vie for a toy at Christmas
8 May 1999 | by 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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