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Jingle All the Way (1996)

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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Cast

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Mall Santa (as James Belushi)
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Johnny (as E.J. de la Pena)
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First Lady
Justin Chapman ...
Billy
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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, after he misses his son's karate exposition, he tries hard to come up with a way to make it up to him, this is when his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son's 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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Two Dads, One Toy, No Prisoners.

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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence, mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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22 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Could This Be Christmas?  »

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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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Trivia

The film draws inspiration from the high demand for Christmas toys such as the Cabbage Patch Kids and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which often led to intense searching and occasional violence amongst shoppers. Randy Kornfield wrote the film's original screenplay after witnessing his in-laws go to a Santa Monica toy store at dawn in order to get his son a Power Ranger. While admitting to missing the clamor for the Cabbage Patch Kids and Power Rangers, producer Chris Columbus experienced a similar situation in 1995 when he attempted to obtain a Buzz Lightyear action figure from Toy Story (1995). As a result, he rewrote Kornfield's script, which was accepted by 20th Century Fox. See more »

Goofs

Mickey's Diner is not in downtown Minneapolis, it's in St. Paul. See more »

Quotes

Howard Langston: [after getting at a toddler for taking his prize ball and putting it in her mouth in attempting to get it back, he is being ambushed by a bunch of disgusted mothers who misunderstood his socially unacceptable behavior and are calling him a pervert] I'm not a pervert! I just was looking for a Turbo Man doll!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: Fuzzy Wuzzy, or Fuzzy Wuzzn't He? (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Back Door Santa
Written by Clarence Carter and Marcus Daniel
Performed by Clarence Carter
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

2 lunatics vie for a toy at Christmas
8 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film shows the insanity of Christmas. Two parents, who waited untill the last minute to buy a popular gift for their child, spend all of Christmas Eve trying to come up with the toy. They were vicious and violent with each other in their efforts to secure the piece of plastic junk for their little darling. This picture shows just how goofy people act at this time of year. Instead of preparing, most folks wait till it is too late; all in the name of Christmas spirit. Arnold portrayed a man who ignored his boy all year, and then tried to buy his love at Christmas with a pitiful little bauble. How true of real life. A funny movie on one hand, a tragedy on the other. Look and learn.


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