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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Napoleon Dynamite
... Uncle Rico
... Kip
... Pedro
... Rex
... Deb
... Grandma
... Summer Wheatly
... Don
... Lafawnduh
Bracken Johnson ... Randy
Carmen Brady ... Starla
... Ilene
J.C. Cunningham ... Jock #1
Jimmy Stevens ... Jock #2 (as James Smooth)
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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

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

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

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27 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Bus otoko  »

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Trivia

The scene of the farmer shooting the cow in front of the school bus full of children is a true anecdote from the director's childhood. See more »

Goofs

When Napoleon is waiting in the van for Uncle Rico to take him to the dance, he looks at his watch. The time and date displayed is 5:40 p.m., Thursday 7/17. (They may have forgotten to change the date on the watch -- how many school dances are in July?) After he starts running down the road, he stops to look at his watch and the time and date says 5:54 p.m., Monday, 7/21. See more »

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[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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All the items, food or otherwise, used in the credits appear at some point in the movie, e.g. Napoleon's chap-stick, Uncle Rico's steak, etc. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: The Black Cherry (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Promise
Written by Farrington, Michael Floreale (as Floreale), and Mann
Performed by When in Rome
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A cult-classic
31 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Though this movie seems to strike a chord with the younger crowd, there is no age limit to appreciating this film, just limits in your sense of humor. Perhaps the funniest movie I've seen in years, ND explores character profiles we never thought would make it to the movies. The characters cover a wide range of social misfits and exhibit the nuances of their behavior in a way that makes sense to them, if not to the general public. It's like a sociological case study of a primitive and exotic tribe of "Nerds". Everyone of us should be able to recognize at least one of the ND characters from somewhere in our past or somewhere in our psyches. The acting is sublime, because sometimes we forget that they ARE acting. The writing and dialogue are inventive and unexpected, and so dry it might take you a few days to start laughing. But once you do start laughing, you won't be able to stop. This movie is sure to be a cult classic for the new millennium the way Repo Man was the the 80's. And if you like this film, consider yourself luck-EEEE, because not everyone will.


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