Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite

Director: Jared Hess Cast: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell

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Overview

From the ashes of filmmaker Jared Hess' hilarious short film Peluca comes this tale of tots, moon boots, and one of the most unlikely screen heroes ever to step before the cameras as 20th Century Fox brings the breakout indie hit Napoleon Dynamite to DVD. Viewable in either 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, the image looks great as wood paneling and drab carpeting fill the frame with a startlingly authentic Midwestern malaise rarely captured on film. Colors are evenly balanced, and there is little evidence of digital artifacting or edge enhancement. Audio is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish Dolby Digital Surround with optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. An audio commentary with director Hess, producer Jeremy Coon, and actor Jon Heder is fairly lightweight, with the trio frequently joking and offering fun trivia about the film rather than focusing on technical details. Optional commentary is also provided on the pre-Napoleon Dynamite short film Peluca, and it's fun to see the lead character's origins in the entertaining student film. A hilarious gallery of still images highlights some of the quirky details seen all too briefly in the actual feature, and viewers are offered the opportunity to see Napoleon in action on the kickball field in a collection of deleted scenes. For those who just can't get enough, the filmmakers have taken a trip back to Preston to film "The Wedding of the Century," and viewers are offered the opportunity to join them as they reunite to film an additional scene. The cast is obviously having a great time coming together again, and the feature provides an excellent opportunity for the actors to reveal what appealed to them about the characters and the script. Napoleon Dynamite fans will certainly find much to enjoy on this fantastic 20th Century Fox release.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/21/2004
UPC: 0024543143925
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 305

Special Features

Director/co-writer, producer, and actor commentary; "Peluca" original short film with optional director/writer, producer, and actor commentary; "The Wedding of the Century!" making-of featurette; Deleted scenes; Still gallery; And more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Heder Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Gries Uncle Rico
Aaron Ruell Kip
Efren Ramirez Pedro
Tina Majorino Deb
Diedrich Bader Rex
Haylie Duff Summer Wheatly
Trevor Snarr Don
Shondrella Avery LaFawnduh
Carmen Brady Starla
Emily Kennard Trisha
Ellen Dubin Ilene
Brian Petersen Lance
Sandy Martin Grandma

Technical Credits
Jared Hess Director,Screenwriter
Jeremy Coon Editor,Executive Producer
Sean Covel Producer
Matt Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Jerusha Hess Costumes/Costume Designer,Screenwriter
Curt Jenson Art Director
Cory Lorenzen Production Designer
Munn Powell Cinematographer
Tim Skousen Asst. Director
John Swihart Score Composer
Jory Weitz Casting,Executive Producer
Chris Wyatt Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Napoleon Dynamite [FS]
2. Main Titles [:21]
3. Current Events [:11]
4. New Kid [2:41]
5. Home Life [4:37]
6. Glamour Shots by Deb [1:15]
7. Rex Kwon Do [1:34]
8. Happy Hands [:35]
9. Uncle Rico [1:03]
10. Date Cake [3:00]
11. Business Partners [3:54]
12. Napoleon the Artist [1:18]
13. Chicken Farmer [5:18]
14. School Dance [1:46]
15. Pedro for President [2:32]
16. LaFawnduh [3:33]
17. Wildest Dreams [2:55]
18. Candidate Speeches [:47]
19. Napoleon Rocks Out [4:46]
20. Happy Endings [2:52]
21. End Titles/A Wedding [7:29]
Side #2 -- Napoleon Dynamite [WS]
2. Main Titles [:21]
3. Current Events [:11]
4. New Kid [2:41]
5. Home Life [4:37]
6. Glamour Shots by Deb [1:15]
7. Rex Kwon Do [1:34]
8. Happy Hands [:35]
9. Uncle Rico [1:03]
10. Date Cake [3:00]
11. Business Partners [3:54]
12. Napoleon the Artist [1:18]
13. Chicken Farmer [5:18]
14. School Dance [1:46]
15. Pedro for President [2:32]
16. LaFawnduh [3:33]
17. Wildest Dreams [2:55]
18. Candidate Speeches [:47]
19. Napoleon Rocks Out [4:46]
20. Happy Endings [2:52]
21. End Titles/A Wedding [7:29]

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Napoleon Dynamite 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
Qdaba11 More than 1 year ago
Never gets old, sill stand the test of time, no doubt
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alright, I'll admit that it did have some funny parts but mainly, this movie was painful. It left alot of empty holes to the story. Was Napoleon retarded or just slow? Did this movie take place in the 80's? If so, why did Kip have a computer? Why was Pedro running for President? The big climax in this movie was the dance scene. Stupid, stupid, stupid!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie really made me laugh. I love all the dysfunctional characters, how they interact, and how they are all social misfits. Brilliant!! Pedro is the man!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, by far, the movie of the year 2004!!! It is hilarious, sincere, and not afraid to show the inner dork in us all. Everyone must see this movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 52-year-old dad to a senior in high school who brought home a friend's copy of Napoleon Dynamite, and asked my wife and me to watch it. The first viewing made me almost physically ill. I had been a nerd in High School, and bullied a lot, like Napoleon. Since there is not a large amount of plot in this film, it was easy to insert my own memories of high school into the film. That reflexive identification kept me from clearly seeing what was actually portrayed in the movie. I didn't understand that at the time. All I knew was I felt very uneasy as I saw my own discomfort re-lived on the screen. I was angry that all those rotten experiences had been dredged up and I didn't want to see it again. Lucky for me, my daughter had this DVD on for days. Every time I'd walk by the TV, I catch a scene of Napoleon and Pedro, or maybe Kip, and laugh at the absurdly deadpan delivery. After seeing these bits and pieces often enough, and hearing my daughter quoting some of the funnier (seemingly) throw-away lines ("I caught you a delicious bass...")I started to get the joke. Please watch this a few times, and give some space between the screenings. I think most of you will start to see the great joy of life that the director and the entire cast put into this movie. Now when I watch it, I can't help but laugh at Kip and his hot Internet babe LaFawnda, Pedro's family member "enforcers" and on and on... Napoleon’s dance is brilliant. Give this movie a chance, it grows on you like those family members who drive you nuts, but you know they are trying to be the best people they can be. Once you get to know their lives, and their troubles, their minor achievements become major accomplishments, and like this movie, a cause for celebration
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the funniest movie ever. No, it may not have a plot, or good acting or anything that would win it an oscar, but who said you need all that to be funny. Just appreciate the movie for what it is. Just stupid humor that will crack you up from beginning until the end. There is a lot of hype around this movie, so don't expect more than dumb humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as the Breakfast Club and Fast times at Ridgemont High will always be classics, that is what ND will become as well. Though it is stupid and doesn't have a plot, it is hilarious. John Heder is destined to become the next Jim Carrey, and if you watch this movie, all of your wildest dreams will come true!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 48 year old who watched this with my 10 year old daughter. I loved it and have watched it over and over. I even repeat the lines. It is really nice to see the geek not only win, but stay true to himself in winning. I hope that a sequel is in the works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was laughing the whole time when I saw i in the theatre!! A must see!!!! HECK YES!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who doesn't like this movie obviously doesn't understand its true meaning. Its not meant to have a plot, because lets face it our lives are pretty much plotless. Teens try to be enerything they're not, with sad consequences. ND, if you really look at it, is an incredibly depressing movie. It shows life (or perhaps a lack there of) in middle America. They aren't rich and do not live in a good community. The pricipal thinks Pedro can't speak english and Summer even makes a racist joke. If you knew anything about the area that the movie takes place you know that its all farms and all nazi skinheads up there. Not a great place to grow up. There is no mention of Napoleon's parents...he represents every kid who isnt considered 'normal', or 'cool', he represents broken homes and just being who you are. Napoleon is who is is, may not be happy with it, but the few people who love him really do love him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this movie; every scene has been dubbed, at different times, my "favorite". Some people may call it "dumb", but for goodness' sake, it is not a National Geographic documentary! It is intended to make you relax and laugh. Go with it...you will recognize people you went to school with in these characters. I give it a great big "YESSSSSSSSSSSSS". "The defect in this one is bleach." Haha, I'm laughing just thinking about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was hilarious! Those who gave it one star are senseless. Kip, Uncle Rico, Debbie, Pedro and Napolean were all unique characters. Debbie the photographer, Kip and Rico the business men and Napolean, the idiot with his best friend Pedro, my favoriten character. I watched it about 100 times and the laughs never go away. Napoleans idiotic dance was a huge hit and this movie got ***(stars) and not ** or *. The movie is so funny and you will laugh so hard it will hurt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gosh! Napoleon Dynamite is the best thing that has ever happened to me! If you don't buy this movie you are missing out on a true classic. The funniest part of the movie is that there is no plot, you crazies! I've seen this movie over 30 times and every time it gets even better! Gotta go watch it right now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How could you not laugh hysterically at this movie. Even if you don't have a sense of humor it is funny. I'll admit that the first two or three times I watched it, I thought it was stupid, boring, and I even fell asleep through parts. But for some reason, watching one more time was all it took to get me hooked. It's hilarious. Amazing. Clever. A masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I can concede that it doesn't have a lot in the way of a plot, this movie was one of the most entertaining, and, in a weird way, moving films I saw last year. The performances are great and hilarious, but the most striking thing is just how unembarrassed everyone in this movie is, how they just go for what they want without worrying what other people think. And it makes you think about how great that is, these people living the smallest lives (in other people's eyes) live them like they mean everything, utterly unselfconsciously. It's a kind of freedom, to be able to look at things that way, or maybe it's part of growing up in the middle of nowhere. Who knows? The point is, the character's have a lot of heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is probably one of the funniest movies of all time. there is no grey area with this movie, you either love it or you hate it. Ex. my friends and i went to see it and even though the theatre was full we were the only people laughing or who understood the humor in the movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie will have a cult following, no doubt. I would not be shocked if you see t-shirts being made, quotes constantly cited, or actors asked to fill roles in more movies. This is nothing short of rolling on the floor laughing...
Guest More than 1 year ago
From start to finish one of the friggin' funniest shows ever made. The character that Jared Hess and friends created has got to be one of the funniest since Monty Python died out. We follow the dol-drum life of high school kid Napoleon as he entangles himself in situations most of us would have no trouble avoiding. But it is really the character and his funny little phrases that keep the audience peeing their pants from the start. I saw the original short film they made at Brigham Young University and was exstatic to see that yet another great idea was given a chance to succeed in our "only big dumb HOLLYWOOD movies can ever be successful" age, and it was well worth the risk. By far one of the best low budget films of all time!!! SO, MAKE ANOTHER ALREADY GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie provides endless hours of hilariously funny saying's 'I'm voting for pedro sanchez gaah' and 'these are my tator-tots' oh what fun it is to really be at home with watching yourself on big screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like 'The Dude' from The Big Lebowski, Napoleon Dynamite is a truly original, funny, honest character. You don't really feel like you're watching a movie at all, and you don't want it to end. It has no real plot to think of, just interesting characters who will make you laugh. You'll be quoting it for weeks. Trust me. It's movies like this that give hope for original stories that break the formulaic status quo that seems to dominate the movie landscape. And if you watch it and don't like it, all I can say is... 'Idiot!' And if you do watch it and like it, well then, you're just.... 'Lucky!' Thanks for listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really liked this movie. it made me laugh. it was also very moving in some way. i think it's a great comedy and if you just want a movie to watch on a friday night with some friends or with family, this is the movie to watch! i especially like it because it was released on my birthday, December 21!!! AWESOME MOVIE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i feel this movie was good and also just a tad bit pointless. i say it's a good movie because it is inspiring to all the people in the world like napoleon dynamite. it also is very funny and you will never get tired of watching it over and over again. it is pointless because there really isn't any plot at all. other than that, i feel this is a movie to see if you want to relax and just laugh! so, it's a great movie to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's simple. There are two groups. One group gets this movie and one doesn't. The Napoleon/Pedro/Deb's and the Summer/Ron types. If you were a popular, prep, jock (Nothing wrong with that) You won't get this movie. Your school years came from a different perspective then the other group. But, if you ever felt a little outside the main cliques, ever spent way to much time outside practicing made-up martial arts moves, ever felt wrong in your own skin, you will totally get this movie. It's freakin' AWESOME! ESPECIALLY if you were ever a teen in the 80's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wut wus going on??????????? I cant believe i rented it! all my friends think it wuz so awsome and are always quoting frum it, but the movie had no point at all. Seriously, who wants to watch a movie where a guy just goes around doing weird pointless things and living a pointless life? I completely hated it!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was absolutely the most aweful movie I have ever seen! It is not at all funny. Instead, I simply found it to be a stupid, dumb movie. In addition, it had no plot, and all of the characters showed little intelligence or sensibility.