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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | | Comedy | 27 August 2004 (USA)
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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Kip
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Rex
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Deb
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Don
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J.C. Cunningham ...
Jock #1
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

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Same planet...different flippin' world. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bus otoko  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,666 (USA) (11 June 2004)

Gross:

$44,540,956 (USA) (4 February 2005)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on a short film Jared Hess made in 2002 with Jon Heder. Almost everything from the short made it into the feature film. For instance, there is a scene in the feature film where Napoleon and Pedro are at a state fair appraising cows or tasting milk. In the short, there is only a line of spoken dialog that mentions the taste-testing of milk. See more »

Goofs

Official dress of the National FFA organization calls for males to wear black slacks. When shown in the FFA hall, Napoleon is wearing blue jeans. 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

The opening credits are made entirely of various items such as plates of food, a notebook, pencils, and a roll of chapstick. See more »

Connections

References Dragonslayer (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Forever Young
Written by Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens
Performed by Alphaville
Courtesy of Warner Music Germany GmbH
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Awesome!
7 December 2004 | by (Newport, WA) – See all my reviews

I have to say I was so intrigued by the mixed responses to this film on this board I had to see it. In my opinion it was the best movie I have seen in years. I am so tired of the typical BS Hollywood crap, and this movie was far from that. Napoleon was indeed dynamite! The first couple minutes I was kinda worried that the naysayers were right, but as the movie continued I couldn't stop laughing! And for those how think that it was wrong to exploit the nerds in society, you definitely missed the whole point of the movie. It wasn't exploited them, it was more celebrating them and their uniqueness. And as for being unrealistic, this movie was more realistic than any movie I have seen. That was part of what made it hilarious. Not doubt this will be a cult classic! GO NAPOLEON!

I give this film a 10 out of 10


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