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Elephant (2003)

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

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Jordan Taylor ...
Jordan
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Carrie
Nicole George ...
Nicole
Brittany Mountain ...
Brittany
Alicia Miles ...
Acadia
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Michelle
Bennie Dixon ...
Benny
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Nathan
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Mr. McFarland
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Mr. Luce
Ellis Williams ...
GSA Teacher (as Ellis E. Williams)
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A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget. Written by Anonymous

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An ordinary high school day. Except that it's not.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, language, brief sexuality and drug use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elefante  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,229,210 (France) (24 October 2003)

Gross:

$1,227,000 (USA) (26 December 2003)
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1.33 : 1
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Much of the film was improvised. See more »

Goofs

When John runs from the school (past the dog) check out the concrete pathways. The first time they are pretty much dry. The second time it looks like it has just been raining - they are very wet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. McFarland: What? Hey! Where are you going? Come here.
John McFarland: Oh, my God, Dad.
Mr. McFarland: Get in the car. You're gonna be late for school. Come on.
John McFarland: Mom's gonna kill you.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Gerry (2011) See more »

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Für Elise
(1810)
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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, Inc.
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Embarrassingly bad
5 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think the director's name is the most important aspect of the film. If you think he's wonderful, then you will give the film an easy ride and read into it whatever you want. If all you know about van Sant is that he has directed several 'mainstream' and 'independent' films, then you will be profoundly insulted by this pathetic collection of clichés masquerading as a film. If the media ruling class can get away with calling this a decent product, then they are taking the mickey in a big way. Let's see: he lost his scriptwriter, so he decided to hang some 'clever' photography on a sequence of clichés loosely arranged as a prologue to a fatal shooting spree: the lack of drama and characterization is of course part of a subtle and profound comment on American school shootings (mention Columbine for publicity) and modern society in general.

How can viewers treat the film with respect when it makes no effort to treat us with respect? We have the relentless boredom of following someone down a corridor, seeing the same banal scene three times, three bulimic girls vomiting together, two shots of the sky (portentous/pathetic), one dumb almost-hero. It is just utter relentless drivel: Hitler speeches and classical music, a dash of possible homosexuality, everyone a caricature or a reference, no realism or poetry, just van Sant everywhere. It is very annoying to know that I spent my money and my time on this rubbish.


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