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I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.

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Arlene Sanford

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Tom Nursall (screenplay), Harris Goldberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Taylor Thomas ... Jake
Jessica Biel ... Allie
Adam LaVorgna ... Eddie
Gary Cole ... Jake's Dad
Eve Gordon ... Carolyn
Lauren Maltby Lauren Maltby ... Tracey
Andrew Lauer ... Nolan
Sean O'Bryan ... Max
Lesley Boone ... Marjorie
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Tom Tom Girl Mary
Natalie Barish Natalie Barish ... Tom Tom Girl Darlene
Mark de la Cruz Mark de la Cruz ... Esteban (as Mark De La Cruz)
Kathleen Freeman ... Tom Tom Girl Gloria
Jack Kenny ... Gabby
Celia Kushner Celia Kushner ... Tom Tom Girl Mama
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Storyline

A college student experiences difficulty in getting home for Christmas after being hazed by his friends. While struggling to get home in time for Christmas, he learns quite a bit about himself and the true meaning of the holiday. Written by Anonymous

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This yule, be cool. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine wüste Bescherung See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,898,293, 15 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,213,678, 17 January 1999
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene where the little boy starts urinating on Jake's lap (seen in the trailer) is cut from the film. See more »

Goofs

In the very first scene, Ian is locked in a wall locker and passes Jake his mail, math test, and Dave Matthews passes downward through the lowest vent of the locker from the inside. When the locker door opens we can see that the lowest vent is level with the shelf, there is no way Ian could have reached above the shelf to pass those objects down through the vent. See more »

Quotes

Allie: Well, look at that . The clock man is sexually harassing the clock lady. How typical.
Eddie: Uh, don't witness it. You might have to testify.
Allie: Wow, Eddie. That was actually clever.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: I Won't Be Home for Christmas (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Carols By The Old Corral
Written by Johnny Lange and Archie Gottler
Performed by Tex Ritter
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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A holiday movie worth watching on a cold, snowy day!!!
17 November 2000 | by rjbron21See all my reviews

I'll Be Home for Christmas is a holiday movie worth watching on a cold, snowy day. Jonathan Taylor Thomas plays "Jake", a college student in California, who's bribed by his father to come home, in New York, for Christmas. Jessica Biel plays "Allie", who is Jake's love interest in the movie. Jake drives, hitchhikes, flies, and finally rides his way back home in a one horse open sliegh. Along his journey home, Jake learns the true meaning of Christmas. In my opinion, I'll Be Home for Christmas is the best Christmas movie that I've seen in a long time.


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