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After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Myers ... Shrek (voice)
Eddie Murphy ... Donkey (voice)
Cameron Diaz ... Princess Fiona (voice)
John Lithgow ... Lord Farquaad (voice)
Vincent Cassel ... Monsieur Hood (voice)
Peter Dennis Peter Dennis ... Ogre Hunter (voice)
Clive Pearse ... Ogre Hunter (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Captain of Guards (voice)
Bobby Block Bobby Block ... Baby Bear (voice)
Chris Miller ... Geppetto / Magic Mirror (voice)
Cody Cameron Cody Cameron ... Pinnochio / Three Pigs (voice)
Kathleen Freeman ... Old Woman (voice)
Michael Galasso Michael Galasso ... Peter Pan (voice)
Christopher Knights Christopher Knights ... Blind Mouse (voice)
Simon J. Smith Simon J. Smith ... Blind Mouse (voice)
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Storyline

When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret. Written by Film_Fan

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Rated PG for mild language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,347,760, 20 May 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$267,665,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$484,409,218
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Trivia

When Shrek removes his helmet after saving Fiona, revealing himself to be an Ogre, he sarcastically asks if she was expecting Prince Charming. This turned out to literally be true in Shrek 2 (2004) where Fiona's purpose for being in the tower was revealed. See more »

Goofs

When Shrek and the donkey are looking at the stars, in one shot Orion's Belt (three bright stars in a row) is right next to the moon, but in the next shot of the stars it's not. See more »

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[first lines]
[a fairytale book appears]
Shrek: [narrating] Once upon a time, there was a lovely princess. But she had an enchantment upon her of a fearful sort, which could only be broken by love's first kiss. She was locked away in a castle guarded by a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Many brave knights had attempted to free her from this dreadful prison, but none prevailed. She waited in the dragon's keep, in the highest room of the tallest tower, for her true love, and true love's first kiss.
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Alternate Versions

Scenes storyboarded but not filmed (available as "Deleted Scenes" on the DVD): "Fiona Gets Them Lost" where Fiona causes a cave-in when she finds out Shrek is only acting on Farquaad's behalf. They go through tunnels and briefly glimpse various Disneyland characters. "The Deal": Farquaad makes the bargain with Shrek whereby Shrek will rescue Princess Fiona in exchange for the deed to the swamp "Fiona's Backstory": Fiona escapes her prison and meets Bib Fortuna, who offers her a choice of potions; one to give her beauty or one to give her happy-ever-after. She chooses beauty thinking this will lead to happiness (see also trivia). See more »

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It Is You (I Have Loved)
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Music by Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, and Gavin Greenaway
Lyrics by Dana Glover
Performed by Dana Glover
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Produced by Gavin Greenaway and Harry Gregson-Williams
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State-of-the-art computer animation used to tell a cracking little story
4 September 2003 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

Shrek is a green ogre who lives in a swamp, but his king sends him on a mission which he must complete to get his own land back.

You only have to watch ten minutes of this film to realise that this is going to be a classic. Eddie Murphy being employed as a wisecracking donkey was a casting dream and plays well against the more plain Shrek, voiced by Mike Myers.

Ok the plot is old, new, borrowed and blue (all recaps and references to fairy tales), but I don't care. It is all so much good fun and better than that, the kind of thing that can be enjoyed by young and old, male or female. It is really a dream of movie and some brilliant pop tunes are employed that really work fantastically against the images. Real tear-to-the-eye stuff.

A real bliss-out of a movie and all parties should be congratulated for making it so great. A real DVD buyer, because it can be enjoyed over and over again. Bring on the follow up, I can't wait.


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