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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  17 December 2004 (USA)
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When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lemony Snicket (voice)
Bald Man (as Luis Guzman)
White Faced Woman
White Faced Woman


Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are three intelligent young children who receive terrible news that their parents have died in a fire and have left them an enormous fortune not to be used until the eldest child is of age. When they are sent to live with Count Olaf, a greedy distant relative, they soon learn he is trying to steal their fortune for himself. Written by jackwhiteyouremyhero

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Ruinning Christmas December 17. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, scary situations and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Series of Unfortunate Events  »

Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,210,979 (UK) (17 December 2004)


$1,918,915 (Japan) (13 May 2005)

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Did You Know?


This movie was filmed and released before the last three books of the series came out. See more »


At the end, various shots of the Bauedelaire children from previous scenes are shown. The flashback of Sunny at Uncle Monty's home, where she had been following a CGI image of the "Incredible Deadly Viper", shows her to instead be following a little red toy on a string, pulled along by a crew member off camera. See more »


[first lines]
Lemony Snicket: [the Littlest Elf has just come to an abrupt halt] I'm sorry to say that this is not the movie you will be watching. The movie you are about to see is extremely unpleasant. If you wish to see a film about a happy little elf, I'm sure there is still plenty of seating in theatre number two. However, if you like stories about clever and reasonably attractive orphans, suspicious fires, carnivorous leeches, Italian food and secret organizations, then stay, as I retrace each and every one...
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Crazy Credits

The opening Nickelodeon Movies logo is shown depicted on planets in outer space, the camera then pans down to reveal the fictitious "The Littlest Elf" movie. See more »


Referenced in Tale of Cinema (2005) See more »


Bonnie George Campbell
Performed by Billy Connolly
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The Credits
18 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK...I really enjoyed the film and I felt it captured everything I wanted it to about the books and more. However, and while it may be an odd thing to say, is that was the best set of credits I've ever seen.

They were beautifully done, well done to whoever it was that created them...the artwork was spectacular and the animation perfectly in tune with the tone of the books.

very entertaining...well done!

In addition I would like to add than Jim Carrey fitted the role of Count Olaf perfectly, and while I may not be a huge fan of his previous work he provided the much needed humour to keep the story moving the watcher intrigued

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