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

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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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During the film's end credits, "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" by *NSYNC is played. 14 years later, one of the stars of the film, Jessica Biel married one of the singers from *NSync, Justin Timberlake. See more »

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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

Jake's Dad: Well, son, she's yours.
[offers Jake the porsche keys]
Jake Wilkinson: But, Dad, I didn't make make it home on time.
Jake's Dad: Don't be silly. You were just a few seconds late. Here.
Jake Wilkinson: No, a deal's a deal. Besides, she isn't ready yet.
Jake's Dad: What do you mean?
Jake Wilkinson: Well, we're not really finished fixing her up yet, are we? I mean, I'm sure it's going to take a bunch more Christmases together to get all the work done. Don't you think?
Jake's Dad: Yeah. Thirty or forty at least.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Up On The Housetop
Written by Benjamin Russell Hanby (uncredited)
Arranged by Charles Sydnor
Produced by John Debney
Performed by Jesse Dayton (as Jessie Dayton)
Courtesy of Justice Music Corp.
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Hmmm, not the best Disney movie I've seen.
21 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Well, I'd give this a 6 out of 10 because I love Christmas, but really the plot was fairly thin and wasn't this same idea run through in John Hughes "Dutch (aka Driving Me Crazy) - kid doesn't want to go home (for Thanksgiving in that movie), but then he has all sorts of adventures on the road on his way home and learns his lesson, etc, etc.

The only problem with this movie is that, unlike "Dutch", I honestly didn't feel that JTT had learned his lesson at all, he was still a scam artist at the end. Disney should really learn some lessons from John Hughes / Chris Columbus, they really know how to make a kids live-action movie!

I was so disappointed because it sounded like a really fun idea, but turned into the plot of a so-so TV movie.

It's worth seeing, but go on cheap Tuesday, or with free tickets, you'll feel less ripped off!!


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