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Penelope (2006)

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A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will accept her as one of their own."

Director:

Mark Palansky

Writer:

Leslie Caveny
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Grant ... Franklin Wilhern
Catherine O'Hara ... Jessica Wilhern
Nick Prideaux Nick Prideaux ... Penelope's Great-Grandfather (as Nicholas Prideaux)
Michael Feast ... Jake / Witch
Christina Ricci ... Penelope Wilhern
Ronni Ancona ... Wanda
Simon Woods ... Edward Vanderman
Paul Herbert ... Leonard Wilhern
Simon Chandler ... Doctor
Peter Dinklage ... Lemon
Andi-Marie Townsend Andi-Marie Townsend ... Young Penelope
John Voce John Voce ... Station Cop
Burn Gorman ... Larry
Andrew Bailey Andrew Bailey ... Floorman in Card Club
James McAvoy ... Johnny / Max
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Storyline

In this modern-day romantic tale, Penelope is about a young girl's inspiring journey, a mysterious family secret, and the power of love. With all odds against her, in order for Penelope to break the family curse, she must find true love with "one of her own kind". Penelope Wilhern, born to wealthy socialites, is afflicted by the Wilhern spell that can only be broken when she finds love. Hidden away in her family's estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parents' futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry; until her curse is revealed. Lemon, a mischievous and eager tabloid reporter, wants a photograph of the mysterious Penelope and hires Max to pose as a prospective suitor to get the shot. The handsome down-on-his luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope, but cannot bring himself to give her what she wants. Fed up by this latest betrayal and determined to live life on her own terms, Penelope breaks ... Written by Summit Entertainment

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Sometimes true love is right under your nose. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пенелопа See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£769,840 (United Kingdom), 3 February 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,802,144, 2 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,011,274, 1 June 2008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reese Witherspoon's first project as the leading producer, as well as an actress, and also Mark Palansky's feature film directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

When Penelope comes out of the bathroom in Johnny's apartment, the handle on the outside of the bathroom door does not move, which it should when she turns the handle on the other side of the door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Penelope: My parents were born into the good life. Old money, blue blooded, society sweethearts.
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Alternate Versions

About 20 minutes were cut from the film for its US release, and some other minor edits were made, mostly to eliminate some mild usage of profanity. This was most likely done to secure a PG rating. See more »

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References Arthur the King (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

String of Blinking Lights
Written by Allison Shevernoha, Chris Hiebert, Andy Chase
Performed by Paper Moon
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Worth seeing - Magical!
21 December 2006 | by me_incSee all my reviews

I saw this at a NY preview, and it was very much worth my time.

Cristina Ricci was excellent. I thought it was brave and smart of her to take on this role, and given the make up and costume she was very expressive and genuine – eyes, eyes, eyes. If any of you have seen "Pumpkin" this character would be a polar opposite of that role, but just as tongue and cheek, and just as much fun.

James McAvoy looked great, as was his performance. Christina and James had sparks that were believable. The supporting cast was also fun and fanciful. Catherine O'Hara played an excellent zany Mom which was more believable and real, in a weird way, then her role in Beetle Juice, (a film I adore.) Reese Witherspoon, was strong as usual, even in this odd, small supporting role (given her filmography). She looked great as a lower east side character. The only disappointment was Richard E. Grant, and not by his doing. There was no chance for him to shine given the part. Something tells me he got lost on the cutting room floor. A zero role for him given his talent.

In sum, I am one for magic and fables, so for me this was a very enjoyable film. I forgot the time which is the best test of all. Bravo!


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