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Elsa & Fred (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 November 2014 (USA)
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"Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of ... See full summary »



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"Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroianni but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live -- be it more or less -- is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa's frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is ... Written by Unknown

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It's never too late.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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7 November 2014 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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It is an english language adaptation of a successful Spanish-Argentinian film from 2005 with the same title. See more »


Elsa Hayes: Life is long, and when you've lived so many years, and you do things, and you don't think when you're doing them, that they matter all that much. And then one day you wake up and you realize that you managed quite a bit, and so much so that you can't even remember all of it.
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Alternate-language version of Elsa y Fred (2005) See more »


Tee Lee Lee
Written by Albert Berard (BMI)
Performed by The Basin Brothers
Courtesy of Lovecat Music
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Emotional and well acted! 4/10
6 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review: This is a very sweet movie about a elderly couple who fall in love after bumping into each other in there apartment block.The man, played by Christopher Plummer, is quite a stubborn fellow who moans about any and everything. The woman, played by Shirley MacLaine, is a happy go lucky lady who gets the most out of life and lives in the fantasy world of film. When Plummer moves into her apartment building, she tries her utmost to get his attention but his difficult ways makes the task a uphill struggle. When they both finally admit there feeling for each other, the movie switches into a beautiful love story which is played extremely well by these two veteran actors. It was great to see George Segal back on the big screen alongside James Brolin who hasn't been on the big screen for some time. I've always been a fan of Shirley MaClaine because of her acting style, which is natural and realistic. It does take some time to get going because of Plummers refusal to get out of bed but it's an emotional movie which made me laugh in parts. Watchable!

Round-Up: These Veteran actors really do put these young and upcoming actors to shame! Shirley MaClaine, who still can pull out a great performance at the age of 81, is brilliant at mixing comedy with emotional drama and it's good to see her back on the big screen. Christopher Plummer is also doing well at the age of 85 and after winning the Best Supporting award at the Oscars in 2012, he's finally earning the respect that he truly does deserve. The director, who also made Beginners and Thumbsucker, has only made 10 movies in his career but he has to be the man whose responsible for bringing Christopher Plummer back the mainstream. He done a great job with this film and he definitely got the most out of the actors but the ending could have done with a rewrite.

Budget: $10million Worldwide Gross: N/A

I recommend this movie to people who are into their drama/love stories about an elderly couple who fall in love with each other after meeting up in there apartment block. 4/10

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