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Elf (2003)

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After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

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Jon Favreau

Writer:

David Berenbaum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Buddy
James Caan ... Walter
Bob Newhart ... Papa Elf
Edward Asner ... Santa
Mary Steenburgen ... Emily
Zooey Deschanel ... Jovie
Daniel Tay Daniel Tay ... Michael
Faizon Love ... Gimbel's Manager
Peter Dinklage ... Miles Finch
Amy Sedaris ... Deb
Michael Lerner ... Fulton
Andy Richter ... Morris
Kyle Gass ... Eugene
Artie Lange ... Gimbel's Santa
Leon Redbone ... Leon the Snowman (voice)
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Storyline

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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This holiday, discover your inner elf.


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elf See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,100,000, 9 November 2003

Gross USA:

$174,626,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$221,671,773
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Plans for Elf 2 were scrapped because Will Ferrell turned down the role. See more »

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Lights are visible in the office and mailroom scenes. See more »

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[first lines]
Papa Elf: Oh, hello. You're, uh, you're probably here about the story.
[the pages flip to show Papa Elf talking to the camera]
Papa Elf: Elves love to tell stories. I-I'll bet you didn't know that about elves. There's, uh, probably a lot of things you didn't know about elves. Another, another interesting, uh, elfism, uh, there are only three jobs available to an elf. The first is making shoes at night while, you know, while the old cobbler sleeps.
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The Snowman closes out the movie by saluting and winking at the camera See more »

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Featured in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #11.27 (2003) See more »

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Christmas Stylee
(1992)
Written by Johnnie Osbourne and Coxsone Dodd
Performed by Johnnie Osbourne
Courtesy of Heartbeat Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A Wonderful Christmas Movie! Absolutely Worth Seeing!
12 November 2003 | by movies2uSee all my reviews

Elf (2003)

I sure wish they would have released this movie in December, it would have given it an even Christmas-ier spirit to it all. Elf was a hilarious movie about a guy named Buddy (Will Ferrel), who was raised by elves at the North Pole. He then discovers he isn't an elf, and travels to New York city to find his real father (James Caan). It turns out his that Buddy has a stepbrother and a stepmother (Mary Steenburghen). While there, he meets Jovie (Zooey Deschanel) at a store there, and falls in love. This movie is all about Christmas spirit and is wonderful and enjoyable. It's a great family movie. You should take you ands your family to it during the holiday season. This will be one of those Christmas movies that I will be able to watch over and over. I give Elf a 10/10.


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