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Elf (2003)

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

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Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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This holiday, discover your inner elf.


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

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7 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Elf, el duende  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,113,501, 9 November 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$173,398,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,044,933
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Trivia

As Santa is finally flying out of Central Park he gruffly remarks, "I'm getting too old for this job". This may be a nod to Danny Glover's famous line from Lethal Weapon (1987), another Christmastime classic. References to other great Christmas projects are scattered throughout the film, including It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), A Christmas Story (1983), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966), and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). See more »

Goofs

The trucks on the skateboard that Santa gives Michael are facing the same way. It would be impossible to turn like that; a skateboard is put together with the trucks facing opposite each other. See more »

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[first lines]
Papa Elf: Oh, hello. You're, uh, you're probably here about the story.
[the pages flip to show Papa Elf talking to the camera]
Papa Elf: Elves love to tell stories. I-I'll bet you didn't know that about elves. There's, uh, probably a lot of things you didn't know about elves. Another, another interesting, uh, elfism, uh, there are only three jobs available to an elf. The first is making shoes at night while, you know, while the old cobbler sleeps.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, the original score from the film plays over in the background, and then the last one thing showing was the title of the film. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Jingle Bell Rock
(1957)
Written by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe (as Jim Boothe)
Performed by Wayne Newton
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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This is a wonderful, original and perfectly portrayed film.
24 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite movies in 2003. Will Ferrell is brilliant as the Elf. The supporting cast is great too, especially Bob Newhart as his elf "dad". The characters are well written and it is a refreshing film to get lost in. Will Ferrell plays the elf with such innocence, he is so funny! This is not just a Christmas film but when the DVD comes out I will be watching "Elf" in July. The story progresses nicely, there are many lessons to be learned as you watch this movie. It touched my heart in many ways. I highly recommend this movie for kids AND adults, you won't regret it. Treat yourself and watch this "original" movie. Hollywood needs to make more like this.


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