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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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Director: Paul Greenberg
Stars: Jessica Biel, Brian Huckeba, Robert Amico
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake
... Allie
... Eddie
... Jake's Dad
... Carolyn
Lauren Maltby ... Tracey
... Nolan
... Max
... Marjorie
Amzie Strickland ... Tom Tom Girl Mary
Natalie Barish ... Tom Tom Girl Darlene
Mark de la Cruz ... Esteban (as Mark De La Cruz)
... Tom Tom Girl Gloria
... Gabby
Celia Kushner ... Tom Tom Girl Mama
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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 »

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Comedy | Family

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

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13 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine wüste Bescherung  »

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$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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Jessica Biel (Allie) and Adam LaVorgna (Eddie) both starred in 7th Heaven, where their characters dated. See more »

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When Nolan is talking with Jake in the van while driving he is holding a tomato in one hand and a hamburger in the other, but when he hands them over to Jake (to catch Allie and Eddie) he only hands over the hamburger, and the tomato is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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Officer Max: [after Jake couldn't convince Marjorie to forgive Max] So, how'd it go?
Jake Wilkinson: You know what a swirlie is?
Officer Max: You mean when somebody jams your head in a toilet bowl and flushes it?
Jake Wilkinson: Yeah, it was basically like that.
Officer Max: Ah, man!
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Soundtracks

Clarinet Polka Yodel
Arranged by M & R Schneider (Mary Schneider & Rita Schneider)
Performed by Mary Schneider
Courtesy of Musigal Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
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The movie that spelled the end of JTT
9 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

From 1994-1998 movie producers were obsessed with turning JTT into a major film star because he was the voice of the Lion King. With the exception of the Lion King, every film Thomas would star in did poorly at the box office. This film was no exception. Producers have made the same mistake with stars like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Giovanni Ribisi just to name a few. Its amazing it can take up the 3 duds to show an actor has no star power. I might be wrong but I don't think Thomas has had a starring role since this film. After this dismal failure, filmmakers must have since the light a realized Thomas was such an overrated child actor that had grown up.


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