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Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

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Eric Deulen ...
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Jordan Taylor ...
Jordan
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Carrie
Nicole George ...
Nicole
Brittany Mountain ...
Brittany
Alicia Miles ...
Acadia
Kristen Hicks ...
Michelle
Bennie Dixon ...
Benny
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Nathan
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Mr. McFarland
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Mr. Luce
Ellis Williams ...
GSA Teacher (as Ellis E. Williams)
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A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget. Written by Anonymous

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An ordinary high school day. Except that it's not.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, language, brief sexuality and drug use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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14 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Elefante  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,229,210 (France) (24 October 2003)

Gross:

$1,227,000 (USA) (26 December 2003)
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The gun that Alex uses is a Bushmaster Carbon 15 Type 21 semi-automatic varmint rifle, and the gun that Eric uses is an Interdynamic KG-9 assault pistol. See more »

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When the three girls are getting their trays in the cafeteria, there is a male student standing to the left. The microphone pole casts a shadow on the back of his neck. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. McFarland: What? Hey! Where are you going? Come here.
John McFarland: Oh, my God, Dad.
Mr. McFarland: Get in the car. You're gonna be late for school. Come on.
John McFarland: Mom's gonna kill you.
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Supernal Infinite Space (Kawabata) Waikiki Easy Meat (Mano)
Written and Performed by Acid Mothers Temple and The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Courtesy of Resonant / Static Caravan Records
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Tiresome
24 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elephant is based on the Columbine massacre and follows two high school boys in the events leading up to the shooting. Alex and Eric are picked on by bullies; the usual jocks and other popular students, a common enough occurrence everywhere.

Later at home, the two use the internet and order a rifle. They are shown kissing in a shower as a homosexual relationship is implied.

They go to the high school dressed in black, with the weapons under their coats. They warn one kid to go away as some heavy s*** is about to go down. The propane bombs they have planted do not go off, so they randomly shoot anyone unfortunate to be in their line of fire. Teachers try to evacuate the building and the two gunmen separate. After more killing, they meet back at the cafeteria and the film has an abrupt ending without any resolution.

Gus Van Zandt's direction uses mostly hand held cameras with frequent long shots of the school hallways. I was exhausted and dizzy by the time Elephant finished. I am not impressed with the finished product.


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