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Elephant (2003)

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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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Elias McConnell ...
Elias
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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 October 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film is heavily influenced by the Alan Clarke TV drama from 1989 of the same name (_Elephant (1989)_). Both films chronicle senseless killings and contain many long an wandering takes of its main characters. See more »

Goofs

When John is going out from the school (first scene, the dog one) Alex and Eric are coming to the school with the bags of weapons, they all are walking in the concrete path. In the second scene (which is supposed to be the same) they all are on the grass section, but when the camera returns to John, magically he's on the concrete path again. 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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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, No. 2 Moonlight - Adagio Sostenuto
(1800-01)
Traditional
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, Inc.
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a simple and amazing film
25 September 2004 | by (Oak Park, California) – See all my reviews

A refreshing film that was so simple that all of the complicatedness of the motives was so simply explained, and it worked. Not to mention the cinematography and lengthy shots were amazing. Also, from a 52 year old man, I expected worse of high school student dialogue, but boy was I surprised. Being in high school myself, I completely was convinced of this being actual high school dialogue, perhaps because much of it was improvised. I just cannot describe my feelings after watching the movie, like when most finish great films. It was realistic and simple, yet went to levels of insanity.

p.s.--the sound design was absolutely fantastic


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