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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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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray


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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


Inside a snowflake, like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe. 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Navy cap the Grinch wears when pretending to be a director with Max reads "WSS Whoville WVN-70." See more »


Towards the end, when the Grinch is admitting to stealing Christmas, the sheriff's nightcap goes from in front of his shoulder to behind it in different shots. 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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References Apollo 13 (1995) See more »


Christmas Is Going To The Dogs
Written and Produced by Mark Everett
Performed by The Eels
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
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An amusing Christmas film that captures the imagination of Dr. Suess with Ron Howard's bold direction
22 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ron Howard is known for making such dramatic films like Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and many more, but before those two adaptations of Dan Brown's novels, he adapted the original book of the same from Dr. Suess, a remake of the 1957 cartoon "How The Grinch Stole Christmas".

The premise, like the cartoon, is the same: The Grinch plots to steal Christmas from all of Whoville, but learns that Christmas comes from the heart. This one, however, has a few tweaks that weren't included in the book. It details the Grinch's past about him being humiliated by the children of Whoville and has a relationship with Martha May Whovier. It wasn't the best origin, but wasn't that bad at all. While this movie stayed true to the spirit of the book (and despite it's crude and inappropriate humor but has a few good jokes) Jim Carrey, although over-the-top, did a perfect job as the Grinch. The rest of the cast did great especially Taylor Madsen as the lovable Cindy Lou-Who.

I show some empathy for fans of the book who hated this adaptation, but as for me, I'm recommending this Christmas classic to others highly.

Rating: 8.3/10

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