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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

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Ron Howard

Writers:

Dr. Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Grinch
Taylor Momsen ... Cindy Lou Who
Kelley ... Max
Jeffrey Tambor ... Mayor Augustus Maywho
Christine Baranski ... Martha May Whovier
Bill Irwin ... Lou Lou Who
Molly Shannon ... Betty Lou Who
Clint Howard ... Whobris
Josh Ryan Evans ... 8-Year-Old Grinch
Mindy Sterling ... Clarnella
Rachel Winfree ... Rose
Rance Howard ... Elderly Timekeeper
Jeremy Howard ... Drew Lou Who
T.J. Thyne ... Stu Lou Who
Lacey Kohl Lacey Kohl ... Christina Whoterberry
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Storyline

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville, wherein live the Whos, an almost-mutated sort of Munchkin-like people who all love Christmas. Just outside of their beloved town lives the Grinch (Jim Carrey), a nasty creature that hates Christmas and plans to steal it from the Whos, which he equally abhors. Little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) decides to befriend the Grinch. Written by Filmfreak <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All Whos beware: He's mean and green! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some crude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$123,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,082,330, 19 November 2000

Gross USA:

$260,044,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$345,141,403
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cinematographer Donald Peterman's final movie before his death in 2011. He was unable to shoot any more, due to the injuries he sustained in an accident on the set of Mighty Joe Young (1998). He found it difficult working on this movie, due to the after-effects of his injuries, and by the end of shooting, much of his work had been taken over by his son, second unit cinematographer Keith Peterman. See more »

Goofs

An overview shot of The Grinch building the sled reveals the camera's shadow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Inside a snowflake like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.
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Crazy Credits

The MPPA rating screen at the end reads "PG-13," but the movie is actually rated "PG." See more »

Alternate Versions

Included on the DVD release of the film are some deleted and extended scenes. One is an extended version of the Grinch wreaking havoc in Whoville by using a marble, which causes a domino effect. Another is a scene where Lou Lou Who is called into a parent-teacher conference because Cindy Lou Who wanted to do a report on the Grinch. A final scene reveals that the tree the Grinch cut out from the floor is the Whoville police officer. The officer comes downstairs sleepwalking and the Grinch locks him in the linen closet. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Kill Gil, Vol. 1 & 2 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Perfect Christmas Night
Written by Paul O'Neill, Robert Kinkel, and Jon Oliva
Produced by Paul O'Neill
Performed by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Courtesy of The Atlantic Recording Corp.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

No Kidding, It was Great! Wassup with you guys????
27 November 2000 | by DonsgalSee all my reviews

Well, I finally broke down and went to see it. I was hesitant after reading all the pans here. Egad! It was a great movie! You can't compare it to the "original" any more than you can compare "Scrooge" to the eternal Dickens classic. It has a life of its own. Jim Carrey was amazing. How he can deliver so many feelings and emotions behind 10 pounds of latex is fantastic. Some of his scenes (obviously impromptu) were so funny I nearly wet myself. The sets were great and not nearly as over-blown as I had expected. As for the "prequel" portion, well, it was only so-so. The best part of the whole show is when they sing the "Ah hoo torres" song at the end which has ALWAYS been my most favorite Christmas song ever.

I recommend the movie highly to kids and adults. As for the negative comments on imdb.com I gotta say..."get over it, ya big bunch of grinches!!!!!"


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