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All I Want for Christmas (1991)

Last Updated: April 2013

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 Micheal, 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 little Christmas magic from Santa Claus.

otsoNY Comments: Disappointingly, the entire film was shot in Los Angeles. The actual townhouse is one of the backlot facades and the 59th bridge in the background is a matte painting or some other visual effect. This was Brandon Tartikoff's first film as head of Paramount and he wanted to show that his studio could deliver a film in a short time for a small budget. The city street shots were Downtown LA. The cotillion scenes in the ballroom, lobby, and wedding reception were shot in a hotel in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles.

New York Backlot, Paramount Studios, Los Angeles.



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