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The Polar Express

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Plot

On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.6/10 (45,383 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director:
Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter

Storyline
This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Writers: Chris Van Allsburg, Robert Zemeckis

Cast:

Tom Hanks

Hero Boy
/
Father
/
Conductor
/
Hobo
/
Scrooge
/
Santa Claus


Leslie Zemeckis

Sister Sarah
/
Mother


Eddie Deezen

Know-It-All


Nona Gaye

Hero Girl


Peter Scolari

Billy – Lonely Boy


Andy Pellick

Pastry Chef


Josh Eli

Waiter


Mark Mendonca

Waiter


Rolandas Hendricks

Waiter


Mark Goodman

Waiter


Jon Scott

Waiter


Gregory Gast

Waiter


Sean Scott

Waiter


Gordon Hart

Waiter


Michael Jeter

Smokey
/
Steamer

Taglines:
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Details

Official Website:
Warner Bros [France] |
Warner Bros. [Brazil] |

Release Date: 10 November 2004

Filming Locations: Culver Studios – 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $165,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $23,323,463
(USA)
(14 November 2004)
(3650 Screens)

Gross: $176,610,096
(USA)
(14 January 2007)
(re-release)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

A close examination of all the ticket numbers reveals that they all contain the number "1225" in them. Pere Marquette No. 1225 was used as a model for the Polar Express locomotive. 12-25 also refers to the date of Christmas – December 25th.

Goofs:

Continuity:
Throughout the movie, the number of cars on the train changes, from just three, to as many as eleven plus. This is most obvious when the hobo and Boy are skiing on the roofs of the cars, and when they are on the ice tack

Quotes:

[first lines]

Hero Boy:
On Christmas Eve many years ago I laid quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets, I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound I was afraid I'd never hear: the sound of Santa's sleigh bells.



User Review

For Goodness Sake

Rating:


Clearly the reviewers who panned this wonderful film can no longer hear
the ringing of the silver bell. I am reminded of the know it all kid in
the film when I read these reviews. Some said it was too dark. Too
dark? It was set at 5 minuets to midnight…..As I recall its dark
then. Another called it ghostly; a condition true of a Christmas Carol,
the film is in good company there. While I will admit that the computer
motion capture in facial expressions is not as strong as it could be it
did not detract from the story. Some reviewers did not like the
roller-coaster effects. One even pointed out that trains can not do what
this one does…..It's a dream…physics don't count. It is a sad
commentary that the meaning of Christmas and belief in it's
historically documented magic is so lost on those with access to the
press. My review…it's good and it is best if you make up your own
mind. I could hear the bell ring and I hope you can too.