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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | | Comedy | 27 August 2004 (USA)
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A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

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Jared Hess
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Heder ... Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Gries ... Uncle Rico
Aaron Ruell ... Kip
Efren Ramirez ... Pedro
Diedrich Bader ... Rex
Tina Majorino ... Deb
Sandy Martin ... Grandma
Haylie Duff ... Summer Wheatly
Trevor Snarr Trevor Snarr ... Don
Shondrella Avery ... Lafawnduh
Bracken Johnson Bracken Johnson ... Randy
Carmen Brady Carmen Brady ... Starla
Ellen Dubin ... Ilene
J.C. Cunningham J.C. Cunningham ... Jock #1
Jimmy Stevens Jimmy Stevens ... Jock #2 (as James Smooth)
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Storyline

Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Same planet...different flippin' world. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Napoleon Dynamite See more »

Filming Locations:

Sykesville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,666, 13 June 2004

Gross USA:

$44,540,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,138,887
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "liger" is a real animal, created when a male lion mates with a female tiger. It does not, however, have "skills in magic," as Napoleon claims. See more »

Goofs

When Napoleon is calling Pedro after telling Rico to leave, he dials seven numbers, but you only hear the sound for six of them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kid on Bus: What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon Dynamite: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are made entirely of various items such as plates of food, a notebook, pencils, and a roll of chapstick. See more »

Alternate Versions

For wide release and all showings after the limited release, a scene was filmed featuring an additional five-minutes after the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scream: The TV Series: Betrayed (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Music for a Found Harmonium
Written by Simon Jeffes (as Simon Harry Jeffes)
Performed by Patrick Street (miscredited by production as Penguin Café Orchestra)
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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TOO FUNNY!
7 December 2004 | by eht5ySee all my reviews

It seems based on many of the comments on this site that certain folks may be expecting a bit too much from a movie such as 'Napoleon Dynamite.'

This ain't art cinema, folks. It's absurdist comedy. Don't go to see this film looking for deep meaning or well-constructed plot--the vague semblance of a plot is as artificial as they come, and seems inserted mostly to give the film structure and to permit the audience a somewhat 'happy' ending.

NO, Napoleon Dynamite isn't about changing the world--it's live action 'South Park' (Preston, Idaho, where the film is set, actually bears a strong resemblance to the real South Park, Colorado). It's a highly ironic, self-mocking, merciless run of sight gags and one liners with no apparent purpose other than to get laughs at the expense of its main characters, especially the eponymous Napoleon, a fit stand-in for everyone who's ever felt like a socially inept outcast trapped in the hell of high school.

This movie isn't for everybody, but if you don't see glimpses of your own childhood in the various awkwardnesses and failures of the main characters, you're in denial. Don't see Napoleon Dynamite if you're expecting sensitivity--go see it if you're pissed off at the world and just need to laugh. I saw it for the first time last night, and I'm still busting into spontaneous laughter whenever one of Napoleon's silly one-liners or blank-faced dead-pan non-sequitirs comes to mind.


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