— Howard delivering the film's most famous line

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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.


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, his wife, Liz (Rita Wilson), informs him that since the dolls are the must-have gifts of the season, they are virtually impossible to find, especially this close to Christmas.


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 son wants one too. 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 operation. Unsurprisingly, he pays $500 for a Spanish speaking doll that falls apart the moment he opens the box. Angered at being ripped off, he accuses the Santas of undermining the values of Christmas and ends up in a brawl with them. The police show up to bust the ring, and Howard manages to get out of trouble by posing as an undercover cop using a toy badge.

Later, Howard arrives at Mickey's Diner and uses their pay phone to call home. Jamie answers, and Howard unintentionally scolds him over Turbo Man when he tries to get him to hand the phone to Liz. In turn, Jamie rebukes Howard for never keeping his promises and hangs up. Liz overhears the conversation and becomes disappointed in Howard. Howard encounters Myron at the diner, and they attempt to patch things up by sharing their woe stories; Myron explains that when he was young, his father was unable to buy him a Johnny Seven OMA action figure on Christmas. Their conversation is interrupted when they hear on the KQRS radio station that the disc jockey is holding a Turbo Man competition, and whoever can name all eight of Santa's reindeer wins it! Resuming their rivalry, they barge into the studio (prompting the freaked-out disc jockey to call the police) and give the correct answer, only to discover that the prize is just a gift certificate. Enraged, Myron threatens the disc jockey with a small package from his mailbag which he claims is a mail bomb, but it turns out to be a fake. The police soon arrive (along with Officer Hummell), and Myron bluffs them into backing off by pulling out a much bigger package and claiming it to be a bomb too (unaware that it actually is one). Officer Hummell inspects it and declares that it is harmless, only for it to explode in his face when he tries to open it.

After returning to the diner to find that his car has been stripped and spray-painted by thieves, 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 since 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.



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:

# Title Artist(s) Length
1 Jingle Bells The Brian Setzer Orchestra 2:18
2 So They Say It's Christmas Lou Rawls and the Brian Setzer Orchestra 4:05
3 Sleigh Ride Darlene Love and the Brian Setzer Orchestra 2:36
4 Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry 2:44
5 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Johnny Mathis 2:47
6 Merry Christmas Baby Charles Brown 4:47
7 Back Door Santa Clarence Carter 2:09
8 The Christmas Song Nat King Cole 3:10
9 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms 2:12
10 Father and Son David Newman 3:00
11 Finale David Newman 4:02
12 Deep in the Heart of Christmas The Brian Setzer Orchestra and Darlene Love 2:52

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.

# Title Length
1 Main Title 1:58
2 Traffic 1:48
3 Howard & Hummel 1:34
4 Turbo Man Commercial 0:32
5 Howard & Jamie* 3:07
6 Abusing the Help 2:08
7 Late Delivery 0:47
8 Nutcracker Mall 2:09
9 Riot in the Workshop 5:27
10 Here's To You Dad 2:53
11 Music Box Bomb 2:01
12 Bomb #2 1:24
13 Breaking & Entering 2:57
14 Drinking With Reindeer 1:48
15 Howard in the Taxi 1:40
16 Show Time 1:33
17 Turbo Tom Marching Band #1 2:05
18 Turbo Tom Marching Band #2 2:10
19 Dementor Arrives 1:31
20 Howard Saves the Day 5:01
21 Rescue Jamie and Finale** [Original Version] 4:01
Bonus tracks
22 Turbo Tom Marching Band #1 [With Guitar] 2:05
23 Rescue Jamie and Finale [Revised] 3:59

Home media releases



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)
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
Santa 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
Kid in Turbo Man commercial
Rick JohnsonKareem
Uncredited actors/actresses
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

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