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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A fairytale like no other. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penelope See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,802,144, 2 March 2008

Gross USA:

$10,011,996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,156,270
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

The first time we see Max play the piano (badly) he has very short / chewed finger nails. When playing the following day at his home, his nails have grown and are well manicured. 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 »


Soundtracks

Hoppípolla
Written by Jon Thor Birgisson, Orri P. Dyrason, Georg Holm, Kjartan Sveinsson
Performed by Sigur Rós
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A Beautiful Film!
21 June 2007 | by rrigby19See all my reviews

I saw "Penelope" at the US premiere at CineVegas last week. It has a very sweet message about self-acceptance that we could all use a little more of these days. I loved the hyper- real, brightly colored, Tim Burtonesque look of the film, it helped to accentuate the fairy tale aspect.

I also thought all of the performances, especially Christina Ricci and Katherine O'Hara, were excellent. Reese Witherspoon as a leather wearing, gum chewing, scooter riding messenger girl seemed a bit miscast, but she was actually good and had one of the funnier lines of the film.

While there's nothing laugh out loud funny, this sweet story makes you smile again and again.

I would recommend this film for audiences of all ages because I don't think you're ever too old for it's message and it doesn't talk down to an adult audience.


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