Jingle All The Way

20th Century Fox Released 1996




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Movie Summary

Brian Levant

The pressure to please his son at Christmas is turning into a seemingly impossible task for Howard Langston. Howard is a workaholic mattress salesman who constantly makes promises he cannot keep to his young son, Jamie. After recently disappointing Jamie, Langston promises his son a Turbo Man doll for Christmas. Langston knows he cannot keep disappointing his son because of his work schedule. Unfortunately, it is Christmas Eve and all the Turbo Man dolls have been sold out for days. Now, Langston must scour his town in search of the elusive doll, or risk disappointing his son once again. The desperate dad also has the added pressure of competing with other desperate parents seeking the Turbo Man doll. To see if Langston will come through, or disappoint his son once again watch Jingle All the Way.


Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Philadelphia Inquirer Steven Rea

    Loaded with cartoon violence (exploding mail-bombs, children hanging perilously from rooftops), numerous groin-kicks and a few mild expletives, Jingle All the Way isn't exactly hea...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I liked a lot of the movie, which is genial and has a lot of energy, but I was sort of depressed by its relentlessly materialistic view of Christmas, and by the choice to go with a...

  • 50

    Miami Herald Rene Rodriguez

    Jingle All the Way is at its best when piling on the slapstick, which director Brian Levant ( The Flintstones ) wisely does often. [22 Nov 1996, p.6G]

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    • Production Budget - $60,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $60,592,389 (22th)
      Worldwide Gross - $129,832,389 (24th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $111,862,872
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $239,690,564

    • Other Production Companies:
      1492 Pictures

    • An extended cut runs 5 minutes longer.

    • Filming locations:
      7th Place Mall, St. Paul, Minnesota
      Burbank, California
      Camp Snoopy, Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Edina, Minnesota
      Energy Park Studios, St. Paul, Minnesota
      Falcon Heights Elementary School, Falcon Heights, Minnesota
      Hamm Plaza, St. Paul, Minnesota
      Hennepin Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis, Minnesota
      Kellogg Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
      Linden Hills, Minneapolis, Minnesota
      Los Angeles, California
      Mickey's Diner, St. Paul, Minnesota
      Nicollet Island, Minneapolis, Minnesota
      Rice Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
      Santa Clarita, California
      Warner Road, St. Paul, Minnesota
      Zumbro Cafe, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • Tagline:
      Two Dads, One Toy, No Prisoners.

    • Music:
      Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
      Written by Johnny Marks
      Performed by Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love
      Run Rudolph Run
      Written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie
      Performed by Chuck Berry
      Jingle Bells
      Produced by Phil Ramone
      Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
      Sleigh Ride
      Written by Mitchell Parish and Leroy Anderson
      Performed by Darlene Love with The Brian Setzer Orchestra
      The Christmas Song
      Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells
      Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
      Christmas All Over Again
      Performed and Written by Tom Petty
      The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
      Written by Michael Carr, Tommie Connor, and James Leach
      Performed by James Belushi and Santa chorus
      The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
      Written by George Wyle and Eddie Pola
      Performed by Johnny Mathis
      Back Door Santa
      Written by Clarence Carter and Marcus Daniel
      Performed by Clarence Carter
      I'll Be Home for Christmas
      Written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, and Buck Ram
      Performed by Frank Sinatra
      Merry Christmas Baby
      Written by Johnny Moore and Lou Baxter
      Performed by Charles Brown
      Jingle Bell Rock
      Written by James Boothe and Joseph Beal
      Performed by Bobby Helms
      Turbo Man Theme
      Written by David Newman
      So They Say It's Christmas
      Written by Brian Setzer
      Performed by Lou Rawls with The Brian Setzer Orchestra
      Joy to the World
      We Wish You a Merry Christmas
      O Tannenbaum
      The Nutcracker - Dance of the Reed-Flutes
      Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      The Nutcracker - Russian Dance
      Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


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Comedy, Drama, Kids


obvious comedic relief, holiday fun, ruined christmas, working retail, christmas