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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

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 scene outside of the toy store, where the crowd pushed into the entryway, was filmed in the 7th Street Plaza, outside the old Palace Theatre in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. The scene changes to the inside of the store, which was filmed at the Mall Of America, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, almost twenty miles away. See more »

Goofs

The shoulder patches on Officer Hummel's coat say "Twin Cities Police Department." The Twin Cities do not have a consolidated police department. He is either an officer with Minneapolis or St. Paul. See more »

Quotes

[Howard tries to grab the doll]
Mall Santa: [Santa stops him] Ah! That'll be three hundred.
Howard Langston: Dollars?
Mall Santa: No, chocolate kisses; yes, dollars!
Howard Langston: I can't believe this, whatever happened to your lofty ideas huh? I though you're doing all this for the kids.
Mall Santa: Well sure, but I don't see why we can't pick up a little loose change in the process.
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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 »

Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas All Over Again
Performed and Written by Tom Petty
Courtesy of Tom Petty
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I call it a guilty pleasure!
12 December 2009 | by See 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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