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Shrek (2001)

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A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

Writers:

William Steig (based upon the book by), Ted Elliott | 6 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

The greatest fairy tale never told. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Some viewers have complained that Robin Hood was English and should not speak with a French accent. It should be noted that in the film he is always referred to as "Monsieur Hood" and never as Robin. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Shrek and Donkey meet the mascot, after the mascot is on the ground, while looking through the doorway, the mascot isn't colored. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The S in Shrek has his ears. See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Role Models (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

My Beloved Monster
Written by Mark Oliver Everett (as E)
Performed by Eels (as eels)
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
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User Reviews

Shrek is not just another Fairy Tale
8 March 2004 | by liz-187See all my reviews

Shrek is an animated film that is original, funny and has an upbeat soundtrack. The main characters are an Ogre named Shrek and a talking donkey. Shrek (Mike Meyers) and his uninvited sidekick, donkey (Eddie Murphy) set out to rescue a princess. The princess has been locked in a castle which is guarded by a fire eating dragon. Shrek was sent on this mission by Lord Farquaad, a very short and evil man. Lord Farquaad is determined to become king and chose this beautiful princess to marry to achieve his goal. Shrek agrees to rescue the princess to get his land back from the evil Lord Farquaad. Donkey tags along because he has nowhere else to go. Donkey has an unlikely love interest, which will play a major role at the end of the movie. Shrek holds our attention even if the plot sounds old. Once the princess is rescued, the movie plot changes from a standard fairy tale to a whole new idea. On the way back to Lord Farquaad's castle, donkey discovers an unsettling secret about the princess and promises not to tell. Of course, the princess falls in love with Shrek, but that is not the secret. The princess's secret is the moral of the story and makes a good ending.

Shrek is an enjoyable movie. It has adult humor, but don't worry, young kids will not understand it. The one liners are very funny. The music is great. The characters are unique and fun to watch. Don't leave the movie before the credits roll, the fairy tale characters do an excellent version of an old Monkee's song.


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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

Gross USA:

$267,665,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$484,409,218
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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