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Elsa & Fred (2014)

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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Radford

Writers:

Marcos Carnevale (original screenplay), Marcela Guerty (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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 Jackie Tuttle ... Receptionist
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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Canada | Mexico | Puerto Rico

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elsa and Fred See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$744,504, 14 December 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is an english language adaptation of a successful Spanish-Argentinian film from 2005 with the same title. See more »

Quotes

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

Features La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Living In A Great Big Way
Written by Dorothy Fields (ASCAP) and Jimmy McHugh (ASCAP)
Performed by Smoking Time Jazz Club
Used by Permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. (ASCAP) on behalf of Aldi Music
Published by Bourne Co. (ASCAP)
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Dross
17 April 2016 | by kyliem11See all my reviews

Maybe parts for older actors are a bit more difficult to come by, but why two great performers like Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer agreed to appear in such dross is beyond me. Clearly, given this currently has a rating of 6.5 on IMDb, not everyone agrees with me, now I am not the biggest rom-com fan around, so this starts at a bit of a disadvantage, but give me a descent one and I am more than happy to watch it and give a higher rating if merited.

For a start it's listed as a comedy, one little snigger is all I found throughout. The music is just awful, the story is very predictable, it's pretty bad all round.

The stars do, at least, try to give it a go but even the true romantics out there may find it hard to find anything to shout about here.


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