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.

Director:

Arlene Sanford

Writers:

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
Andy Lauer ... Nolan (as Andrew Lauer)
Sean O'Bryan ... Max
Lesley Boone ... Marjorie
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Somewhere between L.A. and N.Y. Jake found the meaning of Christmas. 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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Trivia

The film's trailer shows a little boy urinating on Jake's lap. That scene was cut from the film. See more »

Goofs

When Jake is running from the van, the guard rail beside him seems to end, but in the next shot it appears to be continuous and unbroken. See more »

Quotes

Allie: You know what I've always wondered?
Eddie: What?
Allie: Out of all the planets in the universe, how is it that this is the only one that's spawned intelligent life?
Eddie: Yeah. You know what I always wonder about?
Allie: What's that?
Eddie: How come more breakfast joints don't serve your food right in the skillet like Denny's? I mean, think about it. They give you your meat, your eggs, your spuds right in the pan. Man, that rocks! Or like when a homeless guy comes up to you and he says he's the Messiah. And then he asks you for ...
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Featured in God Grew Tired of Us (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck The Halls
(as "Deck The Hall")
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Arranged by Margaret Dorn, Linda Lawley, Danny Pelfrey
Performed by The Accidentals
Courtesy of Amusicom Records
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Childhood Memories
11 October 2018 | by hunterswansonSee all my reviews

I'm a 90' kid and this movie was a staple every holiday season. If it doesn't hold a special place for you, you probably won't think it's a great movie. Your kids may like it though!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'll Be Home for Christmas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,898,293, 15 November 1998

Gross USA:

$12,214,338

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,214,338
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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