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Shrek (2001)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 May 2001 (USA)
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After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, an ogre agrees to rescue a princess for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shrek (voice)
Donkey (voice)
Princess Fiona (voice)
Lord Farquaad (voice)
Monsieur Hood (voice)
Ogre Hunter (voice)
Ogre Hunter (voice)
Bobby Block ...
Baby Bear (voice)
Cody Cameron ...
Pinocchio / Three Pigs (voice)
Old Woman (voice)
Michael Galasso ...
Peter Pan (voice)
Simon J. Smith ...
Blind Mouse (voice)


When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret. Written by Film_Fan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Шрек  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,347,760 (USA) (18 May 2001)


$267,652,016 (USA) (30 November 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eddie Murphy's BAFTA nomination for his voiceover performance was the first of its kind. See more »


The door to Shrek's swamp opens inwards in some scenes and outwards in others and is stopped by the frame each time. It should only be able to open one way. See more »


[first lines]
[a fairytale book appears]
Shrek: [narrating] Once upon a time, there was a lovely princess. But she had an enchantment upon her of a fearful sort, which could only be broken by love's first kiss. She was locked away in a castle guarded by a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Many brave knights had attempted to free her from this dreadful prison, but none prevailed. She waited in the dragon's keep, in the highest room of the tallest tower, for her true love, and true love's first kiss.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen around Shrek as he starts his day:
  • the film's title and Mike Myers's name appear in the mud Shrek bathes with (appropriate considering Myers voices the title character)

  • when Shrek breaks the mirror with his smile, Eddie Murphy's name can be seen behind it

  • Cameron Diaz's name forms out of pond-scum

  • and when Shrek lifts up a snail, its larvae form John Lithgow's name before dissolving.

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References Beetlejuice (1988) See more »


All Star
Written by Greg Camp
Performed by Smash Mouth
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under licence from Universal Music Enterprises
Produced and Mixed by Eric Valetine
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User Reviews

The greatest fairy tale never told.
16 November 2005 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Shrek is an awesome movie! Based in the ordinary fairy tales,the main thing here is to break the rules and the enchantment of those stories and show it all in a different way; Why the prince needs to be so perfect? Why the princess needs to be so beautiful?Why they need to live in a perfect castle?Why can't the royals be problematic? All of these answers are more than answered in Shrek. By the way, this is a movie with lots of humor. :)So, be prepare to laugh. (Donkey is annoying, but the biggest part of the fun comes from him!)

Ps: All the cast is great as well. I already know Eddie Murphy's and Mike's(Myers)abilities as comedians,but I could never imagine that Cameron Diaz could be so perfect to do Fiona! Her voice is really cute, and I really cannot imagine a better one for Fiona ,than Cameron Diaz 's voice!

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