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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | | Comedy | 27 August 2004 (USA)
A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

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Kip
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Rex
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Deb
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Don
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Bracken Johnson ...
Carmen Brady ...
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J.C. Cunningham ...
Jock #1
Jimmy Stevens ...
Jock #2 (as James Smooth)
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Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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It's Gonna Be a Dynamite Summer See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bus otoko  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,666 (USA) (11 June 2004)

Gross:

$44,540,956 (USA) (4 February 2005)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The odd items and foods used in the opening credits:
  • A plate of tater tots


  • A plate with a burrito and rice


  • A plate with sliced hard-boiled eggs


  • A "U.F.O. Abduction Insurance" card


  • A Preston High student ID card


  • A plate with a steak (au jus)


  • A plate of nachos


  • A foil tray with a corn dog, peach slices and peas


  • A banana and peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a paper bag


  • A homemade foil-covered ninja star


  • The checkout card for a library book titled "Bigfoot and Me"


  • The checkout card for a library book titled "Science and Centaurs"


  • The carton for a LemonHeads-like candy


  • A tube of Chap Stick


  • A drawing of a warrior holding a flag


  • A drawing of a female centaur fighting an eagle


  • A binder pocket containing 3 toy cars and a drawing of a spaceship


  • A protractor, eraser and three pencils


  • A plate with a burger and fries


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Goofs

When Deb calls Napoleon on the pay phone, a crew member's leg is reflected in the silver part of the phone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kid on Bus: What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon Dynamite: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!
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Crazy Credits

There is a 5 minute scene after the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

The Promise
Written by Farrington, Michael Floreale (as Floreale), Mann
Performed by When in Rome
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Awesome!
7 December 2004 | by (Newport, WA) – See all my reviews

I have to say I was so intrigued by the mixed responses to this film on this board I had to see it. In my opinion it was the best movie I have seen in years. I am so tired of the typical BS Hollywood crap, and this movie was far from that. Napoleon was indeed dynamite! The first couple minutes I was kinda worried that the naysayers were right, but as the movie continued I couldn't stop laughing! And for those how think that it was wrong to exploit the nerds in society, you definitely missed the whole point of the movie. It wasn't exploited them, it was more celebrating them and their uniqueness. And as for being unrealistic, this movie was more realistic than any movie I have seen. That was part of what made it hilarious. Not doubt this will be a cult classic! GO NAPOLEON!

I give this film a 10 out of 10


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