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Elf (2003)

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Buddy, a human, is raised amongst elves at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not an elf, he travels to New York to search for his biological father.

Director:

Jon Favreau

Writer:

David Berenbaum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Buddy
James Caan ... Walter
Bob Newhart ... Papa Elf
Edward Asner ... Santa
Mary Steenburgen ... Emily
Zooey Deschanel ... Jovie
Daniel Tay Daniel Tay ... Michael
Faizon Love ... Gimbel's Manager
Peter Dinklage ... Miles Finch
Amy Sedaris ... Deb
Michael Lerner ... Fulton
Andy Richter ... Morris
Kyle Gass ... Eugene
Artie Lange ... Gimbel's Santa
Leon Redbone ... Leon the Snowman (voice)

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Storyline

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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This Christmas, discover your inner elf. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild rude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the film, Walter (James Caan), has a Cadillac brochure on his desk. Presumably spending time at work looking at his next car purchase. It is there the entire time and can be seen in all the shots of Walter's office. When his boss, Mr Greenway surprises him to confront Walter about the missing pages in his book, you can even see Walter quickly throw the brochure in a drawer to try and hide it. See more »

Goofs

When Buddy first goes to Gimbels and meets Jovie it is right after he met his father during the day. There is an announcement that Gimbels will be closing in 10 minutes. During that time of season the store would be open much later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Papa Elf: Oh, hello. You're, uh, you're probably here about the story.
[the pages flip to show Papa Elf talking to the camera]
Papa Elf: Elves love to tell stories. I-I'll bet you didn't know that about elves. There's, uh, probably a lot of things you didn't know about elves. Another, another interesting, uh, elfism, uh, there are only three jobs available to an elf. The first is making shoes at night while, you know, while the old cobbler sleeps.
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Crazy Credits

Snowflakes fall over the opening New Line Cinema logo before it fades away. See more »


Soundtracks

Sleigh Ride
(1948)
Written by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Art Ferrante (as Ferrente) and Lou Teicher (as Teicher)
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Unexpected out of nowhere against all odds classic
8 January 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

This was my 4th viewing and now ready to review.

The story is insane. This film should not have worked. But almost as a tribute to the X-Mas miracles it tries to riff off, it is an astonishingly entertaining film.

Behind the camera Favreau, Mr Money Shot, who has quietly without fanfare turned into one of the hottest directors in Hollywood history. In front of the camera Farell who I usually don't care for but may just give the performance of his career here. A script to die for. Probably the best use of Zoey D's looks in her career to date.

Way under rated and unappreciated.

As in my other reviews, most "recent" X-Mas films (since about 2000) are Canadian B-movies shot on a budget which would barely cover a reno on THIS OLD HOUSE What an unexpected treat See it


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,100,000, 9 November 2003

Gross USA:

$176,630,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$223,853,736
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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