On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Chris Van Allsburg (book), Robert Zemeckis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Hero Boy / Father / Conductor / Hobo / Scrooge / Santa Claus (voice)
Leslie Zemeckis ... Sister Sarah / Mother (voice)
Eddie Deezen ... Know-It-All (voice)
Nona Gaye ... Hero Girl (voice)
Peter Scolari ... Billy - Lonely Boy (voice)
Brendan King Brendan King ... Pastry Chef (voice)
Andy Pellick Andy Pellick ... Pastry Chef (voice)
Josh Eli Josh Eli ... Waiter (voice)
Mark Mendonca Mark Mendonca ... Waiter (voice)
Rolondas Hendricks Rolondas Hendricks ... Waiter (voice) (as Rolandas Hendricks)
Mark Goodman Mark Goodman ... Waiter (voice)
Jon Scott Jon Scott ... Waiter (voice)
Gregory Gast ... Waiter (voice)
Sean Scott Sean Scott ... Waiter (voice)
Gordon Hart ... Waiter (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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This Holiday Season... Believe. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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The Polar Express is another Christmas Carol movie. Hero Boy is Scrooge and doesn't believe in Santa anymore causing the three ghosts of Christmas (the Hobo, Conductor, and Santa) to change him forever. The Hobo is the Ghost of Christmas Past, and plays the role of Christmas Future. He tries to intimidate Hero Boy into changing his ways using only himself instead of the future. The Conductor is the Ghost Christmas Present and is in charge of keeping order in the present to get Hero Boy to Santa. Finally, Santa is Christmas Future and changes Hero Boy forever, like Scrooge was. They even pay homage to Dickens' classic by having a Scrooge puppet dance on screen briefly. (Controlled by Christmas Past) See more »

Goofs

The hero boy has to jump between cars because of the gap between them. In actuality there are metal plates between cars to cover the couplers and allow easy access. When the conductor and the hero girl move from car to car they simply walk across. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hero Boy: On Christmas Eve many years ago I laid quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets, I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound I was afraid I'd never hear: the sound of Santa's sleigh bells.
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Crazy Credits

The production company credits are covered with snow and ice. See more »

Alternate Versions

On some ABC Family/Freeform airings, the first hobo scene was cut entirely. That results in Hero Boy finding the light from beyond that abruptly disappears for his reaction. The scene where the Conductor explains the first gift of Christmas was cut as well, skipping to the scene where the elves appear. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Jake and King (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Frosty The Snowman
Written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Red Foley
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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This is one of the best animation features ever!
11 December 2004 | by mcreynolds78See all my reviews

The Polar Express delivered me all the way back to childhood and my own faith in Santa Claus at the age of five. I could not only hear the bells, I could see his sleigh in the night sky. Chris Van Allsburg is to be commended for writing an excellent fantasy and Tom Hanks for conducting the wonder tour to beat them all. The special effects are just outstanding, the story line credible and heartwarming. The characters are believable and utterly charming. The children depicted are our own. I would recommend this film to any and all who love Christmas and remember what it is to believe. The experience of watching makes you a participant, breathless to see what comes next. I can hardly wait to view it on IMAX and am taking my entire family, including seven grandchildren to the Tulsa Cinemark this season. Let's hope we see more of this quality venue in months and years to come.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Arctic Ocean See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,323,463, 14 November 2004

Gross USA:

$187,935,490

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$314,215,454
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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