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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  17 November 2000 (USA)
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A creature is intent on stealing Christmas.



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Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch. Written by Filmfreak <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch! See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas  »

Box Office


$123,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,082,330 (USA) (17 November 2000)


ESP 710,576,961 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original adaptation of the Grinch, the Grinch's main dislike of Christmas is due to the loud noise and extreme gluttony. However in the movie, that is just one of many reasons why Grinch dislikes Christmas. See more »


An overview shot of The Grinch building the sled reveals the camera's shadow. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Inside a snowflake like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.
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Spin-off The Grinch (2000) See more »


Happy Who-lidays
Music by James Horner
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
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Christmas Giggles
16 December 2004 | by (Bolton) – See all my reviews

I have just read the lead comment for this film that is on the front page with the voting results and cast run down.

Why is it that some people can not take a film for what it is supposed to be.

This film is supposed to be a light hearted, tonge in cheek, family comedy, things to make the kids laugh and things for the adults, and that is exactly what this film does.

I laughed my nuts off at this film, I thought Carey put in a great performance and the whole film (if watched at Christmas) really give you a bit of festive cheer

So to all of you film reviewers stop trying to sound like film students and knock every film because it is not "Taxi Driver" or "The Godfather" and take films for what they are supposed to be, entertainment!!

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