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I'll Be Home For Christmas (1998 film)

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Directed by: Arlene Sanford
Written by: Michael Allin
Release date: November 13, 1998
Running time: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Rating: PG
Available on: VHS

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


A few days before Christmas Eve, Jake Wilkinson's father offers to give him a vintage 1957 Porsche if he is home in by 6:00 p.m. 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 and 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 and 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.


Broadcast history

I'll Be Home for Christmas 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 that channel. The movie 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.

Home video releases


Actor Character
Jonathan Taylor Thomas Jake Wilkinson
Jessica Biel Allie Henderson
Adam LaVorgna Eddie
Gary Cole Jake's dad
Eve Gordon Carolyn Wilkinson
Lauren Maltby Tracey Wilkinson
Andrew Lauer Nolan
Sean O'Bryan Officer Max
Lesley Boone Marjorie

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