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I'll Be Home for Christmas is a 1998 Christmas-themed film starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

Synopsis

A few days before Christmas Eve, Jake Wilkinson's father offers to give him a vintage 1957 Porsche if he is home in by 6pm on Christmas Eve (when his family has Christmas dinner) in New York. He prepares to go; however, a group of bullies leave him stranded in the middle of the desert dressed in a Santa Claus suit. They do this as punishment for not getting an exam cheat sheet from him, not knowing that it was their leader, Eddie Taffet, who prevented it, to get him out of the way and claim his girlfriend, Allie, for himself. While he is stuck in the desert, Eddie is giving Allie a ride to New York. Now, Jake has only three days to make it to Larchmont, New York if he wants both her and the car.

He stumbles upon a few obstacles such as a man named Nolan who is driving kitchen goods to his dealer near New York so he hitches a ride with him, unbeknown to him that he is a thief. A police officer named Max pulls them over for speeding and becomes suspicious of them, so Jake lies and says that Nolan is his elf and they are donating the goods to the children's hospital. Officer Max offers them to follow him since he is heading in the same direction. At the hospital the children remind Jake, Nolan, and Officer Max about the importance of family, and Nolan decides to win back his girlfriend, Marjorie, who is headed in the opposite direction. Officer Max buys Jake a bus ticket to New York.

Meanwhile, Allie & Eddie are heading for New York and decide to stay at a pretend village hotel and are caught kissing under some mistletoe on camera by Jake. Hesitant to speed the bus up, he uses a cooler and a week-old meat sandwich saying that it is a liver one for a little girl at the hospital. He finds the village and Allie and Eddie's room; he sees him walk out of the shower in a towel and assumes that he had slept with her (he didn't, she made him sleep in a sleeping bag). She and Jake eventually make up but he blurts out that Eddie prevented him from getting his dad's car. Upset that he had come there to get the car and not herself (which he actually did), she replaces his seat on the bus and leaves.

Jake & Eddie drive off. He tells him that he will go home, win back Allie, and get the car. Eddie, jealous that Jake will get Allie, throws him out but is soon arrested. Jake decides to enter a Santa Claus race to win a $1,000 prize so he can buy a plane ticket to New York. He meets a nice man whom he beats and wins the prize, but on his way to the airport he learns that the man is actually the mayor who uses the prize money to buy turkeys for the needy. Jake reluctantly gives it to the him and calls home. His sister arranges for a plane ticket for him but he is not granted it since he has no identification, so he decides to stow away in a dog kennel in a cargo plane. When he reaches New York he apologizes to Allie, purposely waits in front of his father's house so he'll get the car deal, and even refuses to take it when his dad says he's only a few minutes late.

Music

Soundtrack

Song titlePerformed by
"Cool Yule"Cherry Poppin' Daddies
"Over the River and Through the Woods"The Dons
"I Walk in Circles"Daisyhaze
"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"Blink-182
"One More Night"Amber
"White Christmas"The Drifters
"Christmas Carols by the Old Corral"Tex Ritter
"What's New Pussycat?"Tom Jones
"Blue ChristmasBuddy Guy
"Here Comes Santa Claus"Elvis Presley
"Doctor Jones"Aqua
Jessica Biel (uncredited)
"Deck The Hall"The Accidentals
"I'll Lb Home for Christmas"
  • Bobbi Page (vocals)
  • The Dons
"Up on the Housetop"Jessie Dayton
"Oira Oira Polka"The Polka Kings
"Let's Get It On"Marvin Gaye
"Clarinet Polka Yodel"Mary Schneider
"I Got Rolled"Jimmy Ray
and J.T. Thomas (uncrdtd.)
Adam LaVorgna (uncrdtd.)
"Run Rudolph Run"Five Easy Pieces
"Santa Claus is Comin to Town"Five Easy Pieces
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"'N Sync
"O Majorie" (uncredited)Sean O'Bryan
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (uncredited)
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (uncredited)
"Silent Night"

Broadcast history

The film aired on ABC a few times, before and after it aired on the Starz/Encore premium channels. The Disney Channel originally aired it in 2002, but due to unresolved conflicts, as of 2007, it is no longer shown on there. It aired on the Hallmark Channel in 2009, ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas line-up in 2011, and on Starz Kids & Family in 2012. It aired on the 25 Days of Christmas again in 2013. It aired again on 2018 on Freeform.

Home video releases

Cast

Actor/actressCharacter(s)
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJake
Jessica BielAllie
Adam LaVorgnaEddie
Gary ColeJake's dad
Eve GordonCarolyn
Lauren MaltbyTracey
Andrew LauerNolan
Sean O'BryanMax
Lesley BooneMarjorie
Amzie StricklandMary Tom Tom girl
Natalie BarishDarlene (Tom Tom girl)
Mark De La CruzEsteban
Kathleen FreemanGloria (Tom Tom girl)
Jack KennyGabby
Celia KushnerMama (Tom Tom girl)
Blair SlaterIan
P.J. PrinslowThe Brandt-Man
Kevin HansenThe Murph-Man
James SherryThe Ken-Man
Alexandra MitchellLittle Girl (Hospital)
Eric PospisilLittle Boy(Bus Station)
Cathy WeselukWendy Richards
Peter KelamisConway (Bus driver)
Betty LindeOlder Lady (Bus)
Awaovieyi AgieMan (Service)
Brendan BeiserBellhop
Graeme KingstonSanta (Pizza-eating)
Ian RobisonMayor Wilson
Ernie JacksonSanta (Kenyan)
Kurt RunteDriver (Taxi)
Nicole OliverAgent (Tickets)
Tasha SimmsManager (Parade)
Dmitry ChepovetskyAngel
Delores DrakeMaid (Fraulein)
Chris WillesRace Official
Nick MisuraGroundskeeper
Mark AchesonSandwich Passenger
Bart Anderson (#1)
Tom Heaton (#2)
Eileen Pedde #3)
Turf 'n Turf Customers
J.B. BivenSanta in a Port-a-Potty
Annette DreeshenNose-strip Girl
Manami HariEdelbruck Clerk
Sarah MaySierra
Alexander MilaniWet Lap Boy
Ron TimmsParty Guy
David NealeRunning Santa
Paul NormanBushick
Michael NortheyFreight Handler
Melissa SauerBusmom
Mike BattieSanta in Stilts
Elizabeth Friedman (uncredited)Friend
Paul McMichael (uncredited)Student
Bonnie Smart (uncredited)Yelling Nun

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Television episodes Disney Television Animation "Jolly Molly Christmas" • "It's a Wonderful Leaf" • "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" • "Doug's Secret Christmas" • "A Christmas Cruella" • "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" • "Don't Be Elfish" • "A Kosher Christmas" • "A Dog For All Seasons" • "The Worst Holiday Ever" • "Holiday Time" • "Seven Days of Kwanzaa" • "The Blight Before Christmas" • "Cheery Theerlap, Lloyd" • "Pete's Christmas Caper" • "Clarabelle's Christmas List" • "Happy Holidays, Mr. Gruff!" • "A Very Possible Christmas" • "Topper" • "On Whiskers, On Lola, On Cheryl and Meryl" • "Hairy Christmas" • "A Giftmas Story" • "Season's Beatings" • "Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular V" • "Stitch and Santa" • "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" • "A Cousin Kyle Christmas" • "Merry Fishmas, Milo" • "The Gift" • "Gingersnaps and Grumpy Snaps" / "Jollybells" • "Future-Worm and the 54 Days of Snordfest" • "Stump Day" / "Holiday Spellcial" • "A Christmas Peril" • "Tree Lighting" • "A Merry Mocap Musical" • "Last Christmas!" • Big City Greens Christmas episode
Playhouse Disney / Disney Junior "The Wishing Tree" • "Little Dog Lost" • "A Circus Town Christmas" • "Twinkle's Wish" • "The Christmas Wish " • "A Very Handy Holiday" • "The Wind-Up Toy Prince" • "Mickey Saves Santa" • "The Night Before Zipsmas / A Gift For Zooter" • "Flicker Saves Christmas" • "The Ayalas' Christmas Extravaganza" • "The Living Holiday Lights" • "It's a Winter Never Land!" • "A Very McStuffins Christmas" • "Holiday in Enchancia" • "Captain Scrooge" • "Winter's Gift" • "Toby's Christmas Critter / A Very Tricky Christmas" • "The Mystic Isles: A Very Mystic Wassailia" • "Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas" • "Happy Hot Diggity Dog Holiday!" • "Happy Holiday Helpers" • "A Very Pug Christmas" • "A Very Muppet Babies Christmas" • "Summer's Super Fabulous Holiday Surprise" • "A Santa for Bob" • The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special • "Nanpire and Grandpop the Greats"
Touchstone/ABC Studios "How the Super Stole Christmas" • "A Very Special Clone High Snowflake Day Special"
Marvel Animation (post-2009) "Nightmare on Christmas" • "It's a Wonderful Smash" • "Jingle Bell Rock" • "The Moon Knight Before Christmas"
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Television specials The Walt Disney Christmas ShowChristmas at Pooh CornerA Magic Kingdom Yuletide SpecialThe Disney Christmas SpecialMickey's NutcrackerDisney's Christmas Fantasy on IceA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaGood Luck Jessie: NYC ChristmasJessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker & JoeyDisney Channel Fa-La-La-Lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family Holiday
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Touchstone / ABC Studios "It's a Marginal Life" • "Yule Better Watch Out" • "I'm Scheming of a White Christmas" • "Santa's Little Helper" • "'Twas the Blight Before Christmas" • "Some Like It Hot Rod" • "'Twas the Night Before Chaos" • "'Twas the Flight Before Christmas" • "Easy Street" • "Bright Christmas" • "A Very Topanga Christmas" • "Home for the Holidays" • "An According to Jiminy Christmas" • "Spirit" • "One Office Party Too Many" • "The Christmas Party" • "Secret Santa" • "Silent Night, Opening Night" • "Stalking Santa" • "Aru-Bah Humbug" • "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" • "The Gift of Maggie" • "Christmas Time" • "Light the Lights" • "The Miracle Song" • "Fake Plastic Snow" • "The Nutcracker" • "Two for the Money" • "Holidaze" • "Boom Crunch" • "Cold Turkey"
Albums
A Family ChristmasDisney's Merry Christmas CarolsA Pooh ChristmasThe Twelve Days of ChristmasDisney's Christmas CollectionDisney's Christmas Collection IIDisney's Family Christmas CollectionDisney's Snowy ChristmasDisney's Princess Christmas AlbumDisney's Merry Little ChristmasA Green and Red ChristmasDisney's Holiday Celebration 2007Disney Channel HolidayDisney Holiday Magic 2009Disney Winter Wonderland 2010Phineas and Ferb Holiday FavoritesMickey's Magical Holiday 2011Disney Channel Holiday PlaylistHolidays UnwrappedSongs and Story: Mickey's Christmas Around the WorldSongs and Story: Ariel's Christmas Under the Sea
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Disney Parks Christmas Day ParadeThe Magic of Christmas at DisneylandThe Magic of Christmas at Walt Disney WorldDis the Season25 Days of Christmas
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