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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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Brian Levant

Writer:

Randy Kornfield
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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 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

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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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,592,389, 31 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,832,389, 31 December 1997
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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 extra scene after the end credits was written to set the stage for a possible sequel. See more »

Goofs

When Myron throws the "bomb" at the radio studio towards Howard, it falls in front of him, next to his head. In the next shot it is off to the side, a foot away. 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

The Extended Edition (found in Family Fun Edition),ABC Network TV and ABC Family version includes additional scenes not included in the theatrical and home video release:
  • Instead of Howard going right after the woman in the car, he first sees another woman (Yeardley Smith) with a matching fur coat. He sees a TurboMan package in her bag and offers her money. She takes it and walks away. He takes it out and discovers that it is TurboMan's sidekick, Booster. He then runs after the woman in the car.
  • In the following scene of Howard traveling to different toy stores looking for TurboMan, the 'Jingle all the Way' song is replaced by "The Christmas Song".
  • A scene inside Howard's GMC when they're driving to Santa's warehouse where it shows Howard saying his "We've yet to see a sign of that supposed Turbo Man doll" sentence. The mall Santa doesn't sing his "Little Boy Who Santa Claus Forgot" song in the car.
  • Additional dialogue in the warehouse, as well as the Mall Santa and all the other Santas singing a chorus of "Little Boy Who Santa Claus Forgot".
  • The rock version of "Jingle all the way" plays as Howard fights the warehouse Santas
  • Additional dialogue between Howard and the cops at the warehouse.
  • A scene with Howard riding home in a tow truck after his car had been stripped where he's rehearsing how he was going to explain what happened to him to his wife.
  • An alternate ending: instead of the ending at the parade, the film fades back to Howard's house. He turns on the lights on his tree and everybody is happy. Liz says "It was so nice that you went to all that to get him that present.... so what did you get me?" It ends with a closeup of Howard looking horrified. This scene originally played following the credits (theatrical and home video versions).
  • An extra scene of Myron Larabee describing the Johnny 7 O.M.A gun to Howard.
  • The Mall Santa's line of "That's not my bag" was deleted from television because of its sexual innuendo; Myron's line of "a woman who slept with everybody at the post office but me" was changed to "a woman, you don't even know where she lives any more!"
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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Joy to the World
(Traditional)
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One of the best Christmas movies I've ever seen
18 November 2005 | by Catherine_Grace_ZehSee all my reviews

JINGLE ALL THE WAY, in my opinion, is one of the best Christmas movies I've ever seen. I thought that Howard (Arnold Schwarzenegger) should have paid a little more attention to his family. The one person I really couldn't stand was Myron (Sinbad). This was because of his attitude. Plus, he tried to hurt Jamie (Jake Lloyd). I must say that Howard was very foolish to wait so long to buy Jamie's present. Even my parents have more sense than that! No offense to you, Howard. If you ask me, Liz (Rita Wilson) looked very beautiful in the nightgown she wore. The part that really made me laugh the most was when Howard broke into Ted's (Phil Hartman) house and stole the Turbo Man doll that was supposed to be for Johnny (E.J. De La Pena). This was because Ted's reindeer charged at Howard and caused him to set the living room carpet on fire. That was absolutely hilarious! In conclusion, I highly recommend this holiday smash to everyone... especially all you Arnold Schwarzenegger fans who have not seen it. When you see it, prepare to laugh and have a good time.


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