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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 ... 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:

He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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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Company Credits

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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 opening title sequence was partially re-shot, due to some of the executives at Fox Searchlight not liking the look of the actor's hands who placed the food into the shot. They flew out a hand model to reshoot some of the shots with the director. See more »

Goofs

In the scene following Pedro's scolding from the principal regarding the Piñata, and Pedro and Deb are chatting on the steps - a crew member wearing jeans and a white t-shirt is clearly reflected in the glass doors behind 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

There is a 5 minute scene after the credits. 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

Featured in Indie Sex: Teens (2007) 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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Worst movie of all time
11 January 2005 | by phoobeyfaxSee all my reviews

Napoleon Dynamite is a story about a nerd . Nerd isn't quite right . Dweeb isn't right either . He's a gork . He seems totally out of place in the world of humans as does the rest of his family . The rest of the story isn't worth mentioning . This movie resides firmly in first place on my list of Worst Movies of All Time . Lacking in almost every respect it retains only one attribute . It's a little surreal . But maybe that was because I couldn't believe this movie ever came into existence . Was everyone from the MTV executive to the projectionist asleep at the switch ? On the DVD box the New York Post declares this movie " HILARIOUS " . A blatant lie . People magazine said it was " WONDERFULLY ORIGINAL " . It may be original . No one else should ever do anything like this . Rolling Stone proclaimed " YOU'LL LAUGH TILL IT HURTS .... SWEET " . They're wasted . They'll laugh at anything . If I was on a desert island with a solar powered TV/ DVD and I only had this one DVD I would never watch it .


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