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Howard Langston

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Jingle All The Way is a Christmas comedy film released in 1996, directed by Brian Levant and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd, James Belushi, and Robert Conrad. Inspired by real-life Christmas toy sell-outs for products such as the Cabbage Patch Kids and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, it was written by Randy Kornfield. Producer Chris Columbus of Home Alone fame rewrote the script, adding in elements of satire about the commercialization of Christmas, and the project was picked up by 20th Century Fox. Delays on Fox's remake of Planet of the Apes allowed Schwarzenegger to come on board the film, while Columbus opted to cast Sinbad ahead of Joe Pesci as Myron. It was set and filmed in Minneapolis-St. Paul at a variety of locations, including the Mall of America. After five weeks of filming, production moved to California where scenes such as the end parade were shot. Its swift production meant merchandising was limited to a replica of the Turbo Man action figure used in it.

Synopsis

Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a hard-working employee at a mattress company, and is stuck doing extra work on the day his son, Jamie (Jake Lloyd), is earning a purple belt in karate. Despite his promise to make it, he runs into trouble with a traffic jam and Officer Alexander Hummel (Robert Conrad), a sadistic cop who forces him to do a sobriety test after catching him speeding on the shoulder. Because of all this, he ends up missing the karate class. In order to make it up to Jamie, he promises to get him anything he wants for Christmas. What he wants is the immensely popular "Turbo Man" doll, based on the Saturday-morning live-action TV show of the same name. Unfortunately, Howard had promised to buy it earlier in the year and, as is the habit with him, promptly forgotten about it. To add further salt to the wound, he learns from his wife Liz (Rita Wilson) that Turbo Man dolls are the must-have gift of the season and that they virtually impossible to find especially this close to Christmas. 

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Howard battling the con-men.

Desperate to not disappoint his family again, Howard sets off on a wild goose chase all over Minneapolis-St.Paul to find the doll. At the first store he gets to, he meets Myron Larabee (Sinbad), a post office worker who's son wants a Turbo Man doll as well. It is eventually revealed that this is going to be a "no holds barred" scavenger hunt, with lots of shoving, fighting, arguing, and worse. Throughout Howard's quest, the many stores he hits and the chaos that ensues at each one ultimately results in nothing, and at one point he has another run in with Officer Hummell when he accidentally knocks over his squad motorcycle. During a stopover at the Mall of America, Howard is lured into buying a doll from a con Santa (Jim Belushi), who is the leader of a large counterfeit toy-making group. Unsurprisingly, he ends up paying $500 for a Spanish speaking doll that falls apart the moment he opens the box. Angered at being ripped off, Howard calls the gang "a bunch of sleazy conmen in red suits" and ends up in a brawl with them. The police arrive and bust the ring, and Howard manages to get out of trouble by posing as an undercover officer using a toy badge. 

Exhausted and out of fuel, Howard stops at Mickey's Diner and uses their payphone to call home, intending to tell Liz the truth. Jamie answers the phone and, instead of getting Liz, keeps reminding Howard of his promise to to be home in time for the Christmas parade. Losing his patience, Howard yells at Jamie and demands that he give the phone to Liz. In turn, Jamie scolds his father for never keeping his promises and hangs up. Howard encounters Myron at the diner and they share their woe stories over alcohol; Myron explains that he resented his father when he didn't get him a Johnny Seven OMA for Christmas when he was young. Their conversation is interrupted when the KQRS radio station advertises a Turbo Man competition, and whoever can correctly name all of Santa's reindeer wins the prize. Resuming their rivalry, Howard and Myron accidentally damage the payphone while fighting over it, forcing the two to race to the radio station on foot. They barge into the studio (prompting the freaked-out DJ to phone the police) and give the correct answer, only to discover that the prize is just a gift certificate. Enraged, Myron threatens the DJ with a package that he claims to be a mail bomb, but it turns out to be a fake. The police arrive (along with Officer Hummell) and Myron bluffs them into backing off by producing another package and claiming it to be a bomb. After Howard and Myron flee, Officer Hummell inspects the package and declares that it is harmless, only for it to explode in his face when he opens it (revealing that it actually was a bomb). 

After returning to the diner to find that his car has been vandalized, Howard decides to give up the search and returns home to explain everything to Liz, only to discover his next door neighbor, Ted (Phil Hartman), (who always seems to be homing in on Liz when he is not around) in his house putting his star on his tree! His blood boiling with anger, Howard exacts revenge by breaking into Ted's house and stealing the Turbo Man doll he bought for his son, Johnny. However, he has a change of heart at the last minute as he could not see himself stealing from a child. Before he has a chance to replace it and escape, he is confronted by Ted's pet reindeer and he unintentionally sets some stuff on fire in the ensuing chaos. This causes him to be caught by Ted and a distraught Liz, who both leave to attend the Holiday Wintertainment Parade with Jamie and Johnny.

Broken, Howard decides to to keep the one promise he can, by making his way to the parade to be with his family. Meanwhile, Ted attempts to make a pass at Liz, only to be hit with a thermos of eggnog after she sees who he really is. Upon arriving at the parade, Howard runs into a bandaged Officer Hummell and accidentally drenches him with hot chocolate. In the ensuing chase, Howard escapes into a preparations room for the parade where he is mistaken for a replacement for the actor who will play Turbo Man on the so-themed float, where he gets the opportunity to pick a child to present a coveted limited-edition Turbo Man doll! Naturally, he picks Jamie, but before Jamie recognizes him, Myron shows up dressed as Turbo Man's archenemy, Dementor (having bound and gagged the real actor), and chases Jamie all around the street, with the crowd thinking that this is part of the act. Howard does his best to keep up, but has little skill in controlling the Turbo Man suit. In the end, he defeats Myron and saves both Jamie and the doll. Jamie is sad that his dad wasn't there to see it… until Howard removes his helmet to reveal his true identity!

Meanwhile, Myron is being hauled off by the police, dismayed by his ultimate failure to retrieve the doll and give it to his son for Christmas. Touched by his words, Jamie gives it to him, saying that he no longer needs it, saying his father is the real Turbo Man. Myron and Howard apologize and become friends, and Howard apologizes to a shocked Officer Hummell for everything. He is declared a hero and is crowd-surfed away. At home, Christmas Eve is finally spent right, as the star is mounted on the tree, and everyone's happy. Liz is so happy that Howard was willing to do so much to get a present for Jamie, that it has her wondering what he got for her. The shocked expression on his face tells the whole story.

Songs

Soundtrack

TVT Records released the film's soundtrack album on CD on November 26, 1996. It features only two of composer David Newman's pieces from the film score, but features many of the songs by other artists that are included in it, as well as other Christmas songs and new tracks by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. The track listing is as follows:

#TitleArtist(s)Length
1"Jingle Bells"The Brian Setzer Orchestra2:18
2"So They Say It's Christmas"Lou Rawls and the Brian Setzer Orchestra4:05
3"Sleigh Ride"Darlene Love and the Brian Setzer Orchestra2:36
4"Run Rudolph RunvChuck Berry2:44
5"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"Johnny Mathis2:47
6"Merry Christmas Baby"Charles Brown4:47
7"Back Door Santa"Clarence Carter2:09
8"The Christmas Song"Nat King Cole3:10
9"Jingle Bell Rock"Bobby Helms2:12
10"Father and Son"David Newman (composer/conductor)3:00
11"Finale"4:02
12"Deep in the Heart of Christmas"The Brian Setzer Orchestra and Darlene Love2:52

Of the songs featured on the soundtrack album, "Deep in the Heart of Christmas" does not actually appear in the film. Conversely, the soundtrack album does not include the Turbo Man theme, "Christmas All Over Again" (performed by Tom Petty) or "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" (performed by Jim Belushi and the Santa chorus), the last of which appears only in the extended cut.

Score album

On November 3, 2008, Intrada Records released a CD of David Newman's full score for the film, as the 80th volume of the Intrada Special Collection album series. It was a limited edition of 10,000 units. Prior to this release, only "Howard & Jamie" and "Rescue Jamie and Finale" had appeared on the soundtrack album, titled "Father and Son" and "Finale", respectively.

#TitleLength
1Main Title1:58
2Traffic1:48
3Howard & Hummel1:34
4Turbo Man Commercial0:32
5Howard & Jamie 3:07
6Abusing the Help2:08
7Late Delivery0:47
8Nutcracker Mall2:09
9Riot in the Workshop5:27
10Here's To You Dad2:53
11Music Box Bomb2:01
12Bomb #21:24
13 Breaking & Entering2:57
14Drinking With Reindeer1:48
15Howard in the Taxi1:40
16Show Time1:33
17Turbo Tom Marching Band #12:05
18Turbo Tom Marching Band #22:10
19Dementor Arrives1:31
20Howard Saves the Day5:01
21Rescue Jamie and Finale [Original Version]4:01
Bonus tracks
22Turbo Tom Marching Band #1 [With Guitar]2:05
23Rescue Jamie and Finale [Revised]3:59

Cast

Actor(s)/actress(es)Character(s)
Arnold SchwarzeneggerHoward Langston
SinbadMyron Larabee
Phil HartmanTed Maltin
Rita WilsonLiz Langston
Robert ConradOfficer Hummell
Martin MullD.J.
Jake LloydJamie Langston
James BelushiMall Santa
E.J. de la PenaJohnny
Laraine NewmanFirst Lady
Justin ChapmanBilly
Harvey KormanPresident
Richard MollDementor (TV)
Daniel RiordanTurbo Man (TV)
Jeff DeistBooster (TV)/Puppeteer
Nada DespotovichMargaret
Ruth HjelmgrenJudy (Single Mother)
Caroline KaiserMary (Single Mother)
Samuel MorrisSensei
Shawn HamiltonSensei's Assistant
Lewis DauberToy Store Manager
Bill SchoppertFather at Toy Store
Courtney GoodellLittle Girl at Toy Store
George FisherDaring Shopper
Chris ParnellToy Store Sales Clerk
Patrick RichwoodToy Store Co-Worker
Kate McGregor-StewartToy Store Customer
Marcus TojiLittle Boy with Car Remote
Steve Hendrickson
Peter Syvertsen
Fathers on Phone
Mo CollinsMother on Phone
John RothmanMall Toy Store Manager
Christopher Slater
Robert Southgate
Mall Toy Store Employees
Allison & Hayley BennerToddlers
Sandra HornerToddler's Angry Mom
Phyllis Wright
Marvette Knight
Angry Moms
Danny WoodburnTony the Elf
Bruce BohneSanta at Warehouse Door
Paul 'The Giant' WightHuge Santa
Ron Browne
Robert Clark
James Riddle
Bill Wilson
Santas in warehouse
Alan BlumenfeldCop at Santa's warehouse
Traci ChristoforeLittle Girl (Petting Reindeer)
Sandy ThomasMother in neighborhood
Martin RubenFather in neighborhood
Nick La TourCounterman
Peter BreitmayerSparky
Phil MorrisGale Force
Marianne MuellerleileTow Truck Driver
Amy PietzLiza Tisch
Judy SladkySnoopy
Walter von HueneTaxi driver
Steve Van WormerTurbo Man float parade worker
Curtis ArmstrongChain-smoking Booster
Jim MeskimenPolice officer at parade
Martin ValinskyPolice officer escorting Myron
Rochelle ValleseGirl at parade
Deena DriskillBarbie
Spencer Klein
Danny Pritchett
Kids in Turbo Man commercial
Rick JohnsonKareem
Uncredited
Marc AmbroseBalloon wrangler
Greg BronsonToy store shopper
Sarah Cameron
Anthony Fitzgerald
Brian Johnson
David Nash
Jane Plank
Heidi Tungseth
Christmas carolers
Susan ChambersFrantic shopper
Clint ChildersShopper
Kevin DeonCrazy Shopper
Matthew FeeneyCurious man
Trish GatesStore clerk
Dan GriffinSpectator
Tracy LinesTurbo shopper
John MurrayVideo camera dad
Phaedra NeitzelSanta's helper
Lori J. NessNun
Maridean ShepardGrandstand parade watcher
Yeardley SmithWoman (Flirts with Howie)
Bobby Sussman
Carl Washington
Parade watchers
Joel ThingvallToy store shopper
Verne TroyerMini Santa
Ryan WotherspoonPlayground attendant

Home media releases

Notes

See also

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Miracle on 34th Street (1955 remake) (1973 remake) (1994 remake) • Die HardDie Hard 2Home AloneHome Alone 2: Lost in New YorkGeorge Balanchine's The NutcrackerTrapped in ParadiseJingle All the WayHome Alone 4The Family StoneDeck the Halls12 Men of ChristmasHome Alone: The Holiday HeistJingle All the Way 2
Television episodes and specials
Live-action shows
"Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "Christmas Story" • "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip" • "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" • "Amends" • "Cookies for Santa" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "The 23rd" • "Glee, Actually" • "Santa" • "Previously Unaired Christmas"
Animated shows and specials
The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season" • "Bobby, It's Cold Outside"
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled"
Bless the Harts "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard"
Other cartoons "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other Reindeer • "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
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