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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

6 | | Comedy | 27 August 2004 (USA)
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A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

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Jared Hess
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Heder ... Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Gries ... Uncle Rico
Aaron Ruell ... Kip
Efren Ramirez ... Pedro
Diedrich Bader ... Rex
Tina Majorino ... Deb
Sandy Martin ... Grandma
Haylie Duff ... Summer Wheatly
Trevor Snarr ... Don
Shondrella Avery ... Lafawnduh
Bracken Johnson Bracken Johnson ... Randy
Carmen Brady Carmen Brady ... Starla
Ellen Dubin ... Ilene
J.C. Cunningham J.C. Cunningham ... Jock #1
Jimmy Stevens Jimmy Stevens ... Jock #2 (as James Smooth)
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Storyline

Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

6 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bus otoko See more »

Filming Locations:

Sykesville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The odd items and foods used in the opening credits:
  • A plate of tater tots
  • A plate with a burrito and rice
  • A plate with sliced hard-boiled eggs
  • A "U.F.O. Abduction Insurance" card
  • A Preston High student ID card
  • A plate with a steak (au jus)
  • A plate of nachos
  • A foil tray with a corn dog, peach slices and peas
  • A banana and peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a paper bag
  • A homemade foil-covered ninja star
  • The checkout card for a library book titled "Bigfoot and Me"
  • The checkout card for a library book titled "Science and Centaurs"
  • The carton for a LemonHeads-like candy
  • A tube of Chap Stick
  • A drawing of a warrior holding a flag
  • A drawing of a female centaur fighting an eagle
  • A binder pocket containing 3 toy cars and a drawing of a spaceship
  • A protractor, eraser and three pencils
  • A plate with a burger and fries
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Goofs

When Napoleon is calling Pedro after telling Rico to leave, he dials seven numbers, but you only hear the sound for six of them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kid on Bus: What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon Dynamite: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!
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Crazy Credits

All the items, food or otherwise, used in the credits appear at some point in the movie, e.g. Napoleon's chap-stick, Uncle Rico's steak, etc. See more »

Alternate Versions

For wide release and all showings after the limited release, a scene was filmed featuring an additional five-minutes after the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in One Hit Wonderland: Rico Suave by Gerardo (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

So Ruff, So Tuff
(uncredited)
Written by Roger Troutman
Performed by Zapp
Courtesy of Warner Bros.
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A cult-classic
31 March 2005 | by zenzelmoSee all my reviews

Though this movie seems to strike a chord with the younger crowd, there is no age limit to appreciating this film, just limits in your sense of humor. Perhaps the funniest movie I've seen in years, ND explores character profiles we never thought would make it to the movies. The characters cover a wide range of social misfits and exhibit the nuances of their behavior in a way that makes sense to them, if not to the general public. It's like a sociological case study of a primitive and exotic tribe of "Nerds". Everyone of us should be able to recognize at least one of the ND characters from somewhere in our past or somewhere in our psyches. The acting is sublime, because sometimes we forget that they ARE acting. The writing and dialogue are inventive and unexpected, and so dry it might take you a few days to start laughing. But once you do start laughing, you won't be able to stop. This movie is sure to be a cult classic for the new millennium the way Repo Man was the the 80's. And if you like this film, consider yourself luck-EEEE, because not everyone will.


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