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Elf (2003)

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After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

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Jon Favreau

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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 ... 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 holiday, discover your inner elf.


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elf See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,100,000, 9 November 2003

Gross USA:

$173,840,591

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$220,885,524
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Will Ferrell turned down twenty-nine million dollars to be in Elf 2 in late 2013. See more »

Goofs

When Buddy rides the revolving doors when he first comes to New York, he runs to the curb to throw up in the street trash can. You can see two people on the left waiting for the signal to start walking. See more »

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[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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Soundtracks

Santa Baby
(1953)
Written by Joan Javits, Philip Springer (as Phil Springer), and Tony Springer
Performed by Eartha Kitt
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
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Classic Christmas spirit.
3 October 2019 | by patriciogl10See all my reviews

This is the kind of Christmas movie you should be watching every 25th of December apart from your usuals. It's a wonderful story, with a strong Will Ferrell, playing an innocent, child-like, distracted elf who has no idea how the real world functions, as he is on the quest to search for his real family. He is willing to spread the Christmas spirit on a city which apparently hasn't got the spark in its eyes, so there is a hard task on his hands.

The rest of the cast is wonderfully completed by Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, with Peter Dinklage and Bob Newhart in small roles. Ferrell definitely steals the movie; and his troubled relationship with his father (Caan) provides some funny and touching moments as well. Jon Favreau did quite a good job from the director's chair, turning this seemingly childish film into a marvelous choice for your Christmas movies of every year. Some even regard it as a classic, but well, I will let you be the judge of that.


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