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Writer (WGA):
Leslie Caveny (written by)
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29 February 2008 (USA) See more »
A fairytale like no other. See more »
A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will love her faithfully." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Richard E. Grant ... Franklin Wilhern

Catherine O'Hara ... Jessica Wilhern
Nick Prideaux ... Penelope's Great-Grandfather (as Nicholas Prideaux)

Michael Feast ... Jake / Witch

Christina Ricci ... Penelope Wilhern

Ronni Ancona ... Wanda

Simon Woods ... Edward Vanderman

Paul Herbert ... Leonard Wilhern

Simon Chandler ... Doctor

Peter Dinklage ... Lemon
Andi-Marie Townsend ... Young Penelope
John Voce ... Station Cop

Burn Gorman ... Larry
Andrew Bailey ... Floorman in Card Club

James McAvoy ... Johnny / Max

Nick Frost ... Max
Eve Pearce ... Old Lady Card Player
Rob Rouse ... Mr. Mosely - Suitor

William Willoughby ... Handsome Suitor (as Will Willoughby)

Rubria Negrao ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Ross Boatman ... Cheery Dealer

Nigel Havers ... Mr. Vanderman

Richard James ... New Card Dealer

Lenny Henry ... Krull
Tallulah Evans ... Little Girl in Photobooth
Pam Phillips ... Old Lady in Photobooth

Richard Leaf ... Jack the Bartender

Reese Witherspoon ... Annie

Russell Brand ... Sam the Jazz Club Owner

Martin McDougall ... Dr. Stone

James Howard ... Reporter Outside Hospital 1

Shaun Parkes ... Reporter Outside Hospital 2
Paul Viragh ... Reporter in Mr. Vanderman's Office
Christina Greatrex ... Mrs. Vanderman
Cornelius Booth ... Pub Patron 1
Colin Marsh ... Pub Patron 2

Tom Barker ... Boy Pupil on Hillside

Todd Boyce ... Preacher
Amaka Oditah ... Girl Pupil
Preston Nyman ... Boy Pupil
Rosie Stewart ... Girl Pupil
Katie Hughes ... Girl Pupil
Francesca Edgerton ... Girl Pupil (Alice)
Abigail Chan ... Girl Pupil
Pheobe Llewellyn ... Girl Pupil
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shane James Bordas ... Reporter (uncredited)

Nigel Martin Davey ... Street Vendor (uncredited)

Christopher Fosh ... Chris Casino Security (uncredited)

Matt Rippy ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Nick Shafer ... (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Palansky 
Writing credits
Leslie Caveny (written by)

Produced by
Christian Arnold-Beutel .... executive producer
Leslie Caveny .... co-producer
Chris Curling .... executive producer
Danny Greenspun .... executive producer
Robin Greenspun .... executive producer
Andrew Molasky .... executive producer
Paul Ritchie .... line producer
Michael Roban .... executive producer
Phil Robertson .... co-producer
Dylan Russell .... executive producer
Dylan Russell .... producer
Jennifer Simpson .... producer
Scott Steindorff .... producer
Reese Witherspoon .... producer
Original Music by
Joby Talbot 
Cinematography by
Michel Amathieu 
Film Editing by
Jon Gregory 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Amanda McArthur 
Art Direction by
Gerard Bryan  (as Ged Bryan)
John Reid 
Set Decoration by
Bridget Menzies 
Costume Design by
Jill Taylor 
Makeup Department
Joceline Andrews .... makeup artist
Rebecca Cole .... makeup artist
Tamsin Dorling .... hair stylist
Tamsin Dorling .... makeup artist
Paul Gooch .... hair stylist
Paul Gooch .... makeup artist
Kate Roberts .... make up & hair artist: daily
Karen Scott .... makeup trainee
Liz Tagg .... hair designer
Liz Tagg .... makeup designer
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... makeup hair
Production Management
Robert Bella .... post-production supervisor
Lucie Graves .... post-production supervisor
Andrew Litvin .... production manager: reshoot
Tim Maw .... unit manager
Jennifer Wynne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joey Coughlin .... third assistant director
Jacqueline Goldenstein .... third assistant director: re-shoots
Sean Guest .... first assistant director
James Andrew Haven .... second assistant director (as James Haven)
Suzanna Shaw .... assistant director: reshoots
Suzanna Shaw .... first assistant director
Art Department
Graham Baker .... head rigger
Mark Billingham .... on-set dresser
Simon Duric .... storyboard artist
Mark Goerner .... illustrator
Muffin Green .... property master
Rohan Harris .... portrait
Robert Haynes .... stand-by art director
Sarah Jenneson .... assistant art director
Dougie Lankston .... dressing props
Adam A. Makin .... set constructor
Jim McCallum .... stand-by props
Adam McCreight .... dressing props
Dave Reed .... construction manager
George Simons .... graphic artist
Pete Steward .... stand-by carpenter
Chris Ulusele .... stand-by props
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
James Bennett .... adr recordist
Gareth Bull .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Carr .... adr recordist
Matthew Collinge .... sound
Michael Feuser .... assistant sound editor
Les Fiddess .... foley artist
Nick Foley .... adr mixer
Howard Halsall .... adr editor
Michael Maroussas .... assistant dialogue editor
Adam Mendez .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Andrew Rowe .... sound assistant
James Seddon .... engineer: Dolby
Danny Sheehan .... supervising sound editor
Nigel Stone .... dialogue editor
Richard Straker .... sound re-recording mixer
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
George Trevis .... sound maintenance
Martin Trevis .... sound mixer
Iain Jamieson .... assistant adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Hampton .... special effects technician
Scott Stoddard .... prosthetics supervisor
Jamie Weguelin .... special effects supervisor (as James Weguelin)
Visual Effects by
Diccon Alexander .... digital matte painter: Double Negative
Oliver Atherton .... digital compositor
Nik Brownlee .... digital compositor: Double Negative
Darren Christie .... digital compositor
J. David Everhart .... visual effects producer
Antonella Ferrari .... visual effects editorial
Ragui Hanna .... digital compositor
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: Double Negative
Alex Ireland .... digital compositor
Sid Jayakar .... digital compositor
Jody Johnson .... visual effects supervisor
Frank Lawas .... visual effects I/O supervisor
Gurel Mehmet .... concept artist: Double Negative
Megan Omi .... digital compositor
Alban Orlhiac .... senior texture artist: Double Negative
James W. Riley .... visual effects producer
Christoph Salzmann .... digital compositor: Double Negative
Ellen Walder .... visual effects producer: Double Negative
Pieter Warmington .... 3D supervisor: double negative
Bill Davey .... stunt coordinator
James Grogan .... stunt performer
Tim Halloran .... stunt performer
Ruth Jenkins .... stunt performer
Luke Kearney .... stunt actor
Glenn Marks .... stunt coordinator
Kim McGarrity .... stunt performer
Justin Pearson .... stunt performer
William Willoughby .... stunt performer (2006)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bates .... electrician
Ashley Bond .... focus puller
Simon Fogg .... grip
Sam Goldie .... focus puller: re-shoots
Ross Grainger .... lighting technician
Tristan Haley .... additional photographer
Tristan Haley .... clapper loader
Alice Hobden .... assistant camera
Stuart Howell .... Steadicam operator
Stuart Howell .... camera operator: "a" camera
Therese Hvattum .... camera trainee
Gary Hymns .... grip
Gary Hymns .... key grip
Paul Hymns .... b camera grip
Steve Kitchen .... best boy
Grant Maclean .... electrician (as Grant McLean)
Nathan Mann .... focus puller: "b" camera
Abi Oseni .... camera trainee
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Simon Surtees .... second assistant camera
Pat Sweeney .... gaffer
Nick Wall .... still photographer
Casting Department
Robert M.B. Burke .... extras casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Amelia Hashemi .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Beale .... costume stand-by
Tom Hornsby .... costume assistant: dailies
Charlotte Sewell .... assistant costume designer
Marion Weise .... costume supervisor
David Wootton .... costumer
Editorial Department
Abhinav Bhat .... assistant editor
Pete Conlin .... post production
Ryan Denmark .... assistant editor
Lorene Dewett .... apprentice assistant editor: FT2
Paul Ensby .... additional color timer
Jason Fabbro .... video colorist
Dianne Gordon .... digital intermediate data manager
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Todd Kleparski .... digital intermediate producer
Michael Levine .... additional editor: re-cut
Marjolaine Mispelaere .... colorist
Thy Quach .... editor trainee
Ian Seymour .... associate editor
Dominic Thomson .... digital editor
Jay Warren .... digital intermediate project manager
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Christopher Austin .... conductor
Christopher Austin .... orchestrator
Richard Chester .... assistant composer
Michael Connell .... supervising music editor
John M. Davis .... music editor
Tass Filipos .... music editor
Ben Foskett .... music preparation
Ben Foskett .... orchestrator
Janice Graham .... orchestra leader
Jake Jackson .... assistant music engineer
Catherine Manners .... score coordinator
Chuck Norman .... music programmer
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
Joby Talbot .... arranger
Joby Talbot .... conductor
Robin Urdang .... music consultant
Artem Vassiliev .... orchestrator
Mark Wyllie .... music engineer
Sam Jones .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Andrew McCormack .... music coach: piano (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mark Crowley .... driver: producer
Andy Levett .... grip truck driver
Phil Richman .... transportation captain
Darren Thackeray .... driver
Other crew
Kim Armitage .... script supervisor
Sarah Baker .... production secretary
Kate Bone .... assistant production trainee
Kate Brontë-Stewart .... floor runner
Gero Brugmann .... legal counsel
Luke Carey .... assistant to producer: UK
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Janie Dowding .... assistant to director
Elton Farla .... medical coordinator
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Sara Geiger .... assistant to producer
Nicole Gregory .... unit publicist
Harriet Harper .... assistant to producers
Steve Hart .... location scout
Julia Jones .... unit publicist
Pat Karam .... location manager
Sandrine Loisy .... set production assistant
Emma Magee .... production runner
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach
Debbie Moore .... production accountant
Natalie Moore .... assistant accountant
Mark Munnelly .... auditor
Helen Oakleigh .... chaperone
Michelle Pianca .... assistant location manager
Moebius Simmons .... assistant to producer
Joss Spry .... production assistant
Katherine Tibbetts .... production coordinator
Jason Wheeler .... location scout
Gemma Louise Read .... additional floor runner (uncredited)
Izzy Spring .... adr voice (uncredited)
Harro von Have .... legal advisor: financing (uncredited)
Florina Massbaum .... the producers wish to thank
Frank Moshier .... special thanks
Vivien Straus .... thanks

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some innuendo and language (foreign cut)
104 min | Thailand:86 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
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Christina Ricci did not have to audition for her role. She was approached by Reese Witherspoon.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Penelope comes out of the bathroom in Johnny's apartment, the handle on the outside of the bathroom door does not move, which it should when she turns the handle on the other side of the door.See more »
[first lines]
Penelope:My parents were born into the good life. Old money, blue blooded, society sweethearts.
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References Beauty and the Beast (1976) (TV)See more »
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37 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Not a pigs ear!, 4 February 2008
Author: Simon Parker from United Kingdom

It was only very recently I actually found out about Penelope, it was also actually yesterday I did a bit of research and realised how long ago Penelope was made, in fact it was made in 2006! When I discovered this I began to worry a bit about seeing it, despite a reasonably decent trailer the fact it had been delayed so long meant something was probably wrong with it. Well I saw it tonight, and while it isn't perfect the film is still a charming and thoroughly entertaining film. In many ways it reminded me slightly of one of my favourite films of all time, Edward Scissorhands. Unfortunately its nowhere near as good, but it does have its moments. I actually kind of wish that Tim Burton had got his hands on this movie as this really is the type of film he could make perfect. The film is a nice, family friendly flick, that while a bit cutesy at times has a genuine heart and some decent performances. Unfortunately the movie does have its problems, the ending comes on a bit sudden and the movie does start to struggle slightly in the middle section. But the film is guaranteed to give you a big smile and I definitely feel you can do a lot worse than see this film this half term.

Okay lets start with the performances, which in my eyes was one of the best aspects of Penelope. Most prominent is Christina Ricci as Penelope, the girl with the face of a pig. Okay that last statement is very much an over statement, despite her prosthetic pig snout she does not look remotely ugly at all. On the contrary I found her better looking than 80% of the average girls you meet, so you never truly believe people will jump out of windows just to get away from her. However Ricci's performance is truly brilliant, she's so sweet and innocent, and the scenes where she speaks to McAvoy via a mirror is just pitch perfect. It truly displays Ricci's talents and makes you realise how she has come a long way since The Addams Family. James McAvoy pops up at the main man in the movie, also displaying an American accent that actually never really suits him. Nevertheless, despite his ever so slightly distracting accent he delivers a great performance, as he always seems to do. He has great chemistry with Ricci and any scene they share together just sees the screen light up. Catherine O'Hara steals the movie as the over the top mother who I suppose does genuinely mean well. She's funny but also brilliant, and O'Hara seems to be having a blast. Simon Wood is the only weak link in the movie, he plays the villain, the one who finds out about Penelope and tries to get a picture taken of her. Unfortunately he just seems irritating and camp, he's not a funny characters and he at times seems more an annoyance than a plot point. Oh and Reese Witherspoon is wasted, she's in the film I think for a grand total of ten minutes.

Penelope also has problems with the middle section, the opening is absolutely brilliant and the ending works in some odd way, but the middle, and second third, is just bland and feels like it is treading water. The introduction of Witherspoon's character just seems like a novelty more than anything else and the lead up to the final third just feels like a waste of an opportunity. Also just before the final ten minutes the movie seems to speed over an important event in mere seconds! Thankfully these faults with the film never make the film a bad film, the film is always watchable and you do genuinely seem to enjoy the film. Also the film never feels over-long, it feels a perfect length, which is nice as I believe if the film got boring in the end then the film would eventually collapse. While I did enjoy the film its also something I doubt I'll ever watch again as it just doesn't have that re-watchability factor. Nevertheless this is a good film for kids and in a time when kids will watch rubbish like Underdog, it would be a lot better for the kids to be taken to see a well made if slightly underachieving film that has a great moral.

Penelope is hardly the disaster I assumed it would be due to its release being pushed back, but neither it a masterpiece. Its a sweet, entertaining little movie that is worth watching.

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