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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A withdrawn senior experiences life in new ways when he begins spending time with the free-spirited woman who lives across the hall.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

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Marcos Carnevale (original screenplay), Marcela Guerty (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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 Michael Hartson ... Dance School Director
Deanna Meske ... Laura
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Storyline

"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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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Remake of Elsa & Fred (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake It
Written by James Longford (ASCAP) and Adam Longlands (BMI)
Performed by James Langford
Courtesy of Cutting Edge Music (Holdings) Limited
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Go see the original of same name 2005
14 September 2015 | by leo-lagosSee all my reviews

Remake (again) of a much better (latinamerican) movie. Argentinian cinema is (one of) the best industries in LatinAmerica, with some quality movies who have made their way in numerous festivals and even foreign category in the US-Hollywood backed Oscars. From time to time, US-cinema copies the movies, as we saw previously in K-Pax (remake/copy of "Man looking Southeast", which is the worst of these examples. Again, in this case, the US copy has stripped all of the good quality dialogues, and change the sarcastic humor for a more basic low standard jokes, including that translating sarcastic intelligent jokes from Spanish to English is not easy task. Not all is bad, as the good choice of cast with big names make it up for the effort as they do their best to try and save this simplistic version. Getting the latinamerican version with English subtitles is not that difficult, and if not, it's always worth it to learn Spanish, to better catch the many more humorist moments.


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