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The Polar Express (2004)

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On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hero Boy / Father / Conductor / Hobo / Scrooge / Santa Claus
... Sister Sarah / Mother
... Know-It-All
... Hero Girl (voice)
... Billy - Lonely Boy
Brendan King ... Pastry Chef
Andy Pellick ... Pastry Chef
Josh Eli ... Waiter
Mark Mendonca ... Waiter
Rolandas Hendricks ... Waiter
Mark Goodman ... Waiter
Jon Scott ... Waiter
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Sean Scott ... Waiter
... Waiter
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Storyline

This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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This Holiday Season... Believe. See more »


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Release Date:

10 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,323,463, 14 November 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$183,373,735

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$307,514,317
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Like the equally "innocent as milk" 1961 kiddie-film "Hand In Hand", this movie totally ignores/disregards one of the most basic and oft-repeated parental admonishments to young children --- "Never get into a vehicle with a stranger" --- while also neglecting to include a separate "aside notice" to viewers reminding them of this super-vital-to-remember practice. See more »

Goofs

The first time the Boy goes downstairs on Christmas eve there is a red snowman skirt on the tree. Then on Christmas morning, as the train is going around the tree the skirt on the tree is yellow kind of color and has bells on it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hero Boy: On Christmas Eve many years ago I laid quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets, I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound I was afraid I'd never hear: the sound of Santa's sleigh bells.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end, it reads "In Dedication to Michael Jeter" with a picture. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Psych: The Polarizing Express (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Frosty The Snowman
Written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Red Foley
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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For Goodness Sake
29 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Clearly the reviewers who panned this wonderful film can no longer hear the ringing of the silver bell. I am reminded of the know it all kid in the film when I read these reviews. Some said it was too dark. Too dark? It was set at 5 minuets to midnight.....As I recall its dark then. Another called it ghostly; a condition true of a Christmas Carol, the film is in good company there. While I will admit that the computer motion capture in facial expressions is not as strong as it could be it did not detract from the story. Some reviewers did not like the roller-coaster effects. One even pointed out that trains can not do what this one does.....It's a dream...physics don't count. It is a sad commentary that the meaning of Christmas and belief in it's historically documented magic is so lost on those with access to the press. My review...it's good and it is best if you make up your own mind. I could hear the bell ring and I hope you can too.


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