Napoleon Dynamite

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Product Overview

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 208357072
UPC 024543534839
UPC 14 00024543534839
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Elections
Students
Teenage
Teenagers
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Jared Hess makes an unforgettable directorial debut with NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, a hilarious, tender, and utterly original portrait of a truly eccentric character. Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is a high-school outcast in every sense of the word. More interested in playing tetherball by himself and drawing pictures of his favorite animal, the "liger" (a combination of a lion and a tiger), Napoleon is ignored by everyone in his tiny hometown of Preston, Idaho. At home, things aren't much better: his uber-nerd older brother, Kip (Aaron Ruell), and ultra-vain Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) are too busy with their own obsessions to give Napoleon the time of day. It isn't until a new student, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), arrives that Napoleon finds friendship and performs an act of brave defiance that makes him a true hero.^Written by Hess and his wife, Jerusha, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE brilliantly captures the awkwardness of high school without succumbing to condescension. Most of this can be attributed to Heder, who steps into Napoleon's moon boots with a jaw-dropping flawlessness. The rest of the cast is just as natural, underplaying their roles and letting the comedy unfold without forcing any of the jokes. Add a hilarious soundtrack of 1980s hits and you have an instant classic, a crowd-pleasing riot that has an undeniably universal appeal.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "Hess and his terrific cast -- Heder is geek perfection -- make their own kind of deadpan hilarity. You'll laugh till it hurts. Sweet." 06/24/2004 p.186
New York Times "[O]dd, amusing....[Hess's] filmmaking style is well suited to the rhythms of small-town Western life." 06/11/2004 p.E15
USA Today "The Hesses, who are only in their mid-20s, know how to set up gags and even capitalize on them." 08/20/2004 p.16D
Uncut "[T]here's much that delights in this low-budget whimsical film..." 01/01/2005 p.157
Sight and Sound "[T]he quiet determination with which this oddball trio navigate the pressures of adolescence provide the film' most affecting moments..." 01/01/2005 p.60-1
Directors
Jared Hess
Actors
Efren Ramirez
Tina Majorino
Aaron Ruell
Jon Heder
Cast & Crew
Efren Ramirez - Star
Tina Majorino - Star
Sandy Martin - Star
Diedrich Bader - Star
Aaron Ruell - Star
Haylie Duff - Star
Jon Heder - Star
Jon Gries - Star
Jory Weitz - Executive Producer
Jeremy Coon - Producer
Sean Covel - Producer
Jerusha Hess - Screenwriter
Jared Hess - Screenwriter
Chris Wyatt - Producer
Jared Hess - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2253483
UPC 00024543534839
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Heder,Jon
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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