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All I Want for Christmas (1991)

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A brother and sister attempt to bring their divorced parents back together for Christmas.

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Robert Lieberman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harley Jane Kozak ... Catherine O'Fallon
Jamey Sheridan ... Michael O'Fallon
Ethan Embry ... Ethan O'Fallon (as Ethan Randall)
Kevin Nealon ... Tony Boer
Thora Birch ... Hallie O'Fallon
Andrea Martin ... Olivia
Lauren Bacall ... Lillian Brooks
Amy Oberer ... Stephanie
Renée Taylor ... Sylvia
Leslie Nielsen ... Santa
Felicity LaFortune Felicity LaFortune ... Susan
Camille Saviola ... Sonya
Michael Alaimo Michael Alaimo ... Frankie
Joanne Baron ... Salesdervish #2
Alan Brooks Alan Brooks ... Mr. Chase
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"All I Want For Christmas" is a comedy about two New York City children who launch a hilarious scheme to get what they most want this holiday season. Ethan, a practical older brother, and adorable Hallie, who knows how to charm her way out of a difficult situation, are intent on spending Christmas with their parents, Catherine and Michael, and grandmother Lillian. As Ethan and Hallie embark on their adventure, almost nothing goes exactly as they planned. Complicating things is a smarmy businessman named Toney Boer, who has taken an interest in Catherine. Ethan, meanwhile, is preoccupied with not only his parents' romantic dilemma, but also his own - one brought about by his new friendship with Stephanie, his first teenage crush. What evolves is an elaborate scheme involving mice, telephone calls and an ice-cream truck, as Ethan and Hallie try to achieve their goal with the help of Stephanie. The duo's primary obstacle is their mother's fiance, Tony. The children finally succeed with a... Written by "Benjamin" <s4806615@np.ac.sg>

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The Comedy That's Both Naughty and Nice. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

At the beginning of the movie when Dad comes to pick up the kids, he is talking to Mum whilst she sits at the dressing table getting ready to go out with Tony. On the mantelpiece is a photo of her mother, played by Lauren Bacall - the photo is a real black and white photo of Ms. Bacall from her younger days. See more »

Goofs

When Ethan calls for a tow truck to remove Tony's car from in front of the diner, he says it was abandoned several days ago. But when the tow truck arrives, the lights are on and the engine is running. See more »

Quotes

Hallie O'Fallon: Excuse me! Can I cut in? I won't take long... I just have to fix this mistake I made.
Girl in Line: Have cuts for a dollar!
Hallie O'Fallon: Forget it. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah! Don't forget to tell Santa what a creep you are!
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Connections

References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

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Going To Macy's
Music by Bruce Broughton
© 1991 Curb Records, Inc.
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Not As Bad As...
2 December 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A brother (Ethan Embry) and sister (Thora Birch) attempt to bring their divorced parents back together for Christmas.

Apparently this film did poorly at the box office and critics hated it, too. I can understand that, as it is sort of a lame version of "The Parent Trap", except less quirky and the kids try much less seriously. Really, this one had me wondering why the parents broke up in the first place. (Presumably if it was worth divorcing over, they probably should not get re-married).

What makes this average film worth watching is the kids. Ethan Embry is decent and it is no surprise he has gone on to a remarkable career. Thora Birch is fantastic. Just amazing. Exactly what happened to her, I do not know. After "Ghost World" she seems to have faded away.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All I Want for Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,645,720, 10 November 1991

Gross USA:

$14,812,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,812,144
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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