Penelope

Penelope

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Director: Mark Palansky

Cast: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara

     
 
A kindly aristocrat suffering from an unsightly curse breaks free from her extravagant, prison-like estate to seek adventure and discover her true self in a romantic, modern-day fairy tale directed by Mark Palansky and starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, and Reese Witherspoon. Generations ago, a witch placed a curse

Overview

A kindly aristocrat suffering from an unsightly curse breaks free from her extravagant, prison-like estate to seek adventure and discover her true self in a romantic, modern-day fairy tale directed by Mark Palansky and starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, and Reese Witherspoon. Generations ago, a witch placed a curse on the Wilhelm family that would result in the next girl being born into the clan having a porcine snout -- and now young Penelope (Ricci) has fallen victim to the vengeful hag's unsightly grudge. When tabloid reporter Lemon (Dinklage) runs a misleadingly frightening photograph of the kind-hearted Penelope, her parents, Jessica (Catherine O'Hara) and Franklin (Richard E. Grant), lock the girl away in a sprawling mansion. Though it is said that the curse can be lifted if a man of Penelope's status takes her hand in marriage, every man who lays eyes on the girl takes flight at first sight, never to return -- until the arrival of Max (McAvoy), that is. An unrepentant gambler with a heavy heart and an ulterior motive for meeting Penelope, Max is unexpectedly caught off guard by the pig-nosed girl's disarming charm, and suddenly flees before carrying out his nefarious plan. Now determined to throw caution to the wind and explore the world on her own terms, Penelope makes the acquaintance of independent-minded delivery girl Annie (Witherspoon), who fast agrees to join her newfound friend on the ultimate journey of self-discovery.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2008
UPC:
0025195037952
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
7,708

Special Features

The Making of Modern-Day tale; Twilight Sneak Peek

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christina Ricci Penelope Wilhern
James McAvoy Johnny/Max
Catherine O'Hara Jessica Wilhern
Peter Dinklage Lemon
Richard Grant Franklin Wilhern
Reese Witherspoon Annie
Simon Woods Edward Vanderman
Ronni Ancona Wanda
Michael Feast Jake/Witch
Nigel Havers Mr. Vanderman
Lenny Henry Krull
Christina Greatrex Mrs. Vanderman
Nick Frost Actor

Technical Credits
Mark Palansky Director
Michel Amathieu Cinematographer
Christian Arnold-Beutel Executive Producer
Gerard Bryan Art Director
Ged Bryan Production Designer
Leslie Caveny Co-producer,Screenwriter
Matthew Collinge Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Curling Executive Producer
Susie Figgis Casting
Robin Greenspun Executive Producer
Danny Greenspun Executive Producer
Jon Gregory Editor
Sean Guest Art Director
Amanda McArthur Production Designer
Andrew Molasky Executive Producer
Reese Witherspoon Producer
Michael Roban Executive Producer
Phil Robertson Co-producer
Dylan Russell Executive Producer
Ian Seymour Editor
Danny Sheehan Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer Simpson Producer
Scott Steindorff Producer
Joby Talbot Score Composer
Jill Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Trevis Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Penelope
1. The Curse [3:47]
2. You Are Not Your Nose [2:24]
3. Always Meant Well [2:05]
4. Need for Certain Adjustments [4:49]
5. Cream of the Crop [3:23]
6. Late for Tea? [3:32]
7. You're Still Here? [5:04]
8. You Are My Sunshine [2:48]
9. It's Your Move [3:05]
10. I'm a Monster [3:51]
11. Never Give Up [2:34]
12. She's Escaped [3:26]
13. I Love You and Goodbye [4:04]
14. Collecting the Reward [4:01]
15. Declaring Her Independence [5:27]
16. Knowing a Good Thing [4:10]
17. "Hi" [2:22]
18. You Inspired Me [2:57]
19. I'm Not a Blue Blood [4:24]
20. The Wedding [4:06]
21. The Like Myself the Way I Am [3:27]
22. Follow My Heart [2:36]
23. I'm Still Me [3:36]
24. Happily Ever After [7:14]
1. The Curse [3:47]
2. You Are Not Your Nose [2:24]
3. Always Meant Well [2:05]
4. Need for Certain Adjustments [4:49]
5. Cream of the Crop [3:23]
6. Late for Tea? [3:32]
7. You're Still Here? [5:04]
8. You Are My Sunshine [2:48]
9. It's Your Move [3:05]
10. I'm a Monster [3:51]
11. Never Give Up [2:34]
12. She's Escaped [3:26]
13. I Love You and Goodbye [4:04]
14. Collecting the Reward [4:01]
15. Declaring Her Independence [5:27]
16. Knowing a Good Thing [4:10]
17. "Hi" [2:22]
18. You Inspired Me [2:57]
19. I'm Not a Blue Blood [4:24]
20. The Wedding [4:06]
21. The Like Myself the Way I Am [3:27]
22. Follow My Heart [2:36]
23. I'm Still Me [3:36]
24. Happily Ever After [7:14]

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Penelope 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Hamlets_sidekick More than 1 year ago
This film was really touching, but also very funny and witty. I loved the idea that this poor girl had to go through so many guys to find one who would accept her despite her...imperfection. Don't we all feel that way sometimes? The film touched on some very universal themes of self esteem, confidence, acceptance (both others and self), and following your heart. The script was funny and had excellent dialogue. The acting was superb, and I felt like the actors chosen to play the characters couldn't have been better. Ricci was adorable (yes, even with the nose) as Penelope, O'hara protrayed one of her best excentric preformances as the ever-driven mother, Grant was great as the agrieved father, Witherspoon made a funny, spunky Annie, and McAvoy couldn't have been better as "Max." One of his best preformances, and that's saying something! The color usage and direction were excellently done, making this an enjoyable movie in all ways. Everyone 10 to 90 should watch this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this movie... seriously one of my favorite movies where I can watch it over and over again! It truly is a must see!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is definitely one of my favorites! It carries a meaningful message along with some laughter,excitement and even emotional parts. I love this movie because the message is really great and it's so cool how they add a real message to a fantasy film. Basically, the film is fantasy yet reality.Whenever it is family night or a sleepover, this movie is perfect for that. Everyone should watch this movie!
schmaslow More than 1 year ago
I'd chosen to watch this because of James McAvoy, and am glad I did. It's silly, but endearing and adorable despite some fumble-y parts in it's script. I very much enjoyed it. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
PENELOPE may at first glance seem like one of the few summer releases on DVD to merit watching, but though the selections on the shelves are inexplicably thin, this little modern day fable is so well made that it deserves wide attention. Though the plot is rather thin and predictable, the choice cast and production values gives it a luster missing from most films of the 'romantic comedy' genre. The story (written by Leslie Caveny) is narrated by Penelope (Christina Ricci) who takes us back to the days of a curse placed on the wealthy Wilhern family who refused to allow a son to marry the impregnated common girl he loves and opts instead for a fellow blueblood. The rejected girl leaps of a cliff and the girl's mother places a curse on the family: the firstborn child, if a daughter, born to the clan will have the face of a pig that can be changed only if she is able to find lasting love. Years of firstborn sons trace the curse to contemporary London where the Wilherns (Catherine O'Hara and Richard E. Grant) finally give birth to a firstborn daughter, a dear child who indeed has the nose of a pig. The parents convince a reporter Lemon (Peter Dinklage) that the child died and was cremated and raise Penelope hidden from the real world outside. Penelope loves life and fills her enclosed space with joy until she becomes of courting age: the parents then make every attempt to secretly introduce her to wealthy young boys, each of whom flees when they see the pig girl in person. Lemon tracks the events, knowing that Penelope still lives, and convinces some cohorts (including Simon Woods as the wealthy but squeamish Edward) to attempt to get photographs of her. Finally a likely prospect appears in the person of Max (James McAvoy) who apparently has squandered a fortune on gambling and is in desperate need of money. Max begins a cautious but consistent courtship of Penelope and is even able to look at her without disgust, but when Penelope finds her possible beau is in the game for the money, Penelope flees the 'prison' mansion and goes into the world for the first time (her nose is kept covered with a scarf). She finds the strange world fascinating, makes friends with a barkeep and a wild living Annie (Reese Witherspoon), and gradually is able to remove her scarf cover only to find that people like her despite her odd appearance. The concept of self- acceptance is well delivered. The only problem with the story is the manner in which the fable 'sells out' in the all too gratuitous ending. But the message remains and the films glows with a magic in the way that fables should, much to the credit of sensitive director Mark Palansky and a very fine cast. Grady Harp
Hosanna More than 1 year ago
In the spirit of Ever After and Princess Bride, this is a beautiful fairy tale kind of movie. The visuals are spectacular, the directing phenomenal. I personally love the kind of romance where it is obvious WHY the pair fell in love - not love at first sight, but the developed kind. Penelope Delivers.
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It's sweet, funny, captivating, and all around good.
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