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Elsa & Fred (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 November 2014 (USA)
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A withdrawn senior experiences life in new ways when he begins spending time with the free-spirited woman who lives across the hall.

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Michael Radford

Writers:

Marcos Carnevale (original screenplay), Marcela Guerty (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Elsa
Christopher Plummer ... Fred
Marcia Gay Harden ... Lydia
Wendell Pierce ... Armande
Jared Gilman ... Michael
Erika Alexander ... Laverne
Chris Noth ... Jack
Scott Bakula ... Raymond
George Segal ... John
Reg Rogers ... Alec
James Brolin ... Max
Sam Medina ... Taxi Cab Driver
Jackie Tuttle ... Receptionist
Michael Hartson Michael Hartson ... Dance School Director
Deanna Meske ... Laura
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"Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroianni but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live -- be it more or less -- is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa's frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is ... Written by Unknown

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It's never too late.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Elsa (Shirley MacLaine) is obsessed with the Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" and its stars Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. In reality, Shirley MacLaine co-starred with Mastroianni in "Used People" in 1992 and with Ekberg in "Artists and Models" in 1955 and in "Woman Times Seven" in 1967. MacLaine also starred in "Sweet Charity" in 1969, a musical version of Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria" made in 1957. See more »

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Elsa Hayes: Life is long, and when you've lived so many years, and you do things, and you don't think when you're doing them, that they matter all that much. And then one day you wake up and you realize that you managed quite a bit, and so much so that you can't even remember all of it.
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Connections

Remake of Elsa & Fred (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Quartet for Strings No.3 in D Major Op. 18/3 - Andante con Moto
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Jim Long (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation and Point Classics
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Adored it
12 March 2016 | by marfrie56See all my reviews

What can I say? I adored it. Anyone that dislikes sentimentality in movies will hate this - therefore I loved it! The scene in Rome is remarkably beautiful - as are many other moments in this wonderful movie. You kiddies out there who think that Shirley MacLain looks too old and her part should have been recast - screw you. She is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. She has been a heartthrob for me since we were both young. It's great to see her still beautiful (in my eyes anyway) and her terrific acting talents are on display here as well. Christopher Plummer is another huge PLUS in this movie. To watch these great stars on the screen, in parts befitting their, well..advanced ages - and not "younged down" for general audiences who don't understand what getting...mature - is all about - well, I really appreciated it from start to finish. Great supporting cast as well. If you're, let's say, under 50 (I'm well over), and get uncomfortable or bored watching it, put it away for a decade (or two or three) or so and then break it out again. You won't get it now, but you will someday. For those who recognize the names of the stars, who have watched them age through the years, and who have a sense of history in their own lives because you've lived through a lot of stages in your life - you will love this movie. I guarantee it!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,275, 9 November 2014

Gross USA:

$285,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$761,923
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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