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Napoleon Dynamite [2004] (2 discs)

Director:Jared Hess
Writer:Jared Hess
Jerusha Hess
Composer:John Swihart
Length:82 minutes
(1 hour 22 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Delta
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:71%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A simple story of a young man's family of oddballs and his attempt to help his new friend's bid for class president.

Reaction: Not necessarily for everyone, but this one has a tendency to grow on you with its offbeat humor and endearing characters.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Jared Hess => Director / Writer
Jerusha Hess => Writer
John Swihart => Composer
Aaron Ruell => Kip
Bracken Johnson => Randy
Brian Petersen => Lance
Carmen Brady => Starla
Diedrich Bader => Rex
Efren Ramirez => Pedro
Ellen Dubin => Ilene
Emily Dunn => Trisha (as Emily Kennard)
Haylie Duff => Summer Wheatly
Jon Gries => Uncle Rico
Jon Heder => Napoleon Dynamite
Sandy Martin => Grandma
Shondrella Avery => Lafawnduh
Thomas Lefler => Principal Svadean (as Tom Lefler)
Tina Majorino => Deb
Trevor Snarr => Don

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Uncle Rico's girlfriend who rides up to him on her bicycle at the end of the film, is Aaron Ruell's wife.
  • In real life, the llama belongs to director/co-writer Jared Hess's mother, and its name is Dolly.
  • Aaron Ruell (Kip) had braces put on his teeth for this role (two dentists are thanked in the credits).
  • The scene of the farmer shooting the cow in front of the school bus full of children is a true anecdote from the director's childhood.
  • Jon Heder's big dance scene was the last scene scheduled and film ran out while shooting it. The sequence was edited together from less than 10 minutes of his dancing.
  • The scene where Uncle Rico hits Napoleon in the face took four takes.
  • The "liger" is a real animal, created when a male lion mates with a female tiger. It does not, however, have "skills in magic", as Napoleon claims.
  • The movie was edited in producer [?] Jeremy Coon's apartment using a $6,000 Macintosh with Final Cut Pro.
  • Features one of the longest credited cast lists in movie history; all 181 student extras' names are listed in the closing credits.
  • Jon Heder was paid $1,000 to play Napoleon Dynamite. The movie grossed over $40,000,000 in the United States.