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Polar Express, The

Polar Express, The(2004)

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Brief Synopsis

A young boy lies awake in his room one snowy Christmas Eve, excited and alert. Breathing silently. Hardly moving. Waiting. He''s listening for a sound he''s afraid that he might never hear--the ringing bells of Santa''s sleigh. The time is five minutes to midnight. Suddenly, the boy is startled by a thunderous roar. Clearing the mist from his window he sees the most amazing sight--a gleaming black train rumbles to a stop right in front of his house, the steam from its powerful engine hissing through the night sky and the softly falling snowflakes. The boy rushes outside, clad only in his pajamas and slippers, and is met by the train''s conductor who seems to be waiting just for him. "Well, are you coming?" the conductor inquires. "Where?" the boy asks. "Why, to the North Pole--of course. This is the Polar Express!" What unfolds is an an adventure which follows a doubting young 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.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hanks The Conductor/Hero Boy/Father/Scrooge/Santa Clause/Hobo
Michael Jeter Smokey/Steamer
Chris Coppola Toothless Boy
Peter Scolari Lonely Boy
Nona Gaye Hero Girl
Jimmy Pinchak Know-It-All Boy
Charles Fleischer Elf General
Leslie Zemeckis Sister Sarah/Mother
Julene Renee Red Head Girl

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  G Premiere Info: 
Release Date:  2004 Production Date: 
Color/B&W:  Distributions Co:  CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT/WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WARNER BROS. PICTURES), Warner Bros. Pictures International, Warner Bros. Pictures International, Warner Bros. Pictures International, Warner Bros. Pictures International, Warner Bros. Pictures International, CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT/WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)
Sound:  Production Co:  Imagemovers .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Playtone .....Production Company, Castle Rock Entertainment .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Sandrew Metronome Filmdistribution As .....Theatrical Distributor, 20th Century Fox International .....Theatrical Distributor, Gulf Film, Llc .....Theatrical Distributor, Norsk Filmdistribusjon .....Theatrical Distributor, Sandrew Metronome Distribution Finland Oy .....Theatrical Distributor, Sam Film .....Theatrical Distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures .....Studio, Warner Bros. Pictures International .....World Wide Theatrical Distributor, Nu-Metro .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group .....Domestic Video Distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor, .....Financier
Duration(mins):  Country:  United States (USA)

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  • Fan of trains or not, you'll get aboard this one!

    Carlos West 2012-01-13

    Adapted from a very popular wordless picture book, this Christmas story involves perhaps one of the most thrilling train rides in cinema history. It's... MORE>