Penelope (2006) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.8/ 10 (31775 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG for thematic elements, some innuendo and language (foreign cut)

Production Company
Grosvenor Park Media [us] - (in association with)
Stone Village Pictures [us] - (presents)
Summit Entertainment [us] - (presents)
Tatira [de] - (as Tatira Active Film)
Type A Films [us]

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Release Date
(Canada) - 8 September 2006
(France) - 16 May 2007
(Czech Republic) - 30 June 2007
(Russia) - 2 August 2007
(Ukraine) - 30 August 2007

Running Time

A fairytale like no other. She's been hiding all her life. Now she'll show the world just who she really is. Sometimes true love is right under your nose. What makes us different makes us beautiful.

addiction, aristocrat, beer, betrayal, bubble, butler, camera, character-name-in-title, chase, chess, cover-up, credit-card, curse, dart, deception, defenestration, disfigurement, drinking-straw, dwarf, elevator, english-aristocracy, experience-of-a-new-environment, eye-patch, face, fainting,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Cameras and Lenses
LAB:Technicolor, London, UK
MET:2863 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak)
PCS:Digital Intermediate - (2K) (master format)
PCS:Super 35 - (source format)
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3513DI)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Bailey, Andrew (I) as [Floorman in Card Club] <14>
  2. Barker, Tom (VII) as [Boy Pupil on Hillside] <37>
  3. Boatman, Ross as [Cheery Dealer] <21>
  4. Booth, Cornelius (I) as [Pub Patron 1] <35>
  5. Bordas, Shane James as (uncredited) [Reporter]
  6. Boyce, Todd (I) as [Preacher] <38>
  7. Brand, Russell as [Sam the Jazz Club Owner] <29>
  8. Chandler, Simon (I) as [Doctor] <9>
  9. Davey, Nigel Martin as (uncredited) [Street Vendor]
  10. Dinklage, Peter as [Lemon] <10>
  11. Feast, Michael as [Jake/Witch] <4>
  12. Fosh, Christopher as (uncredited) [Chris Casino Security]
  13. Frost, Nick (I) as [Max] <16>
  14. Gorman, Burn as [Larry] <13>
  15. Grant, Richard E. as [Franklin Wilhern] <1>
  16. Havers, Nigel as [Mr. Vanderman] <22>
  17. Henry, Lenny as [Krull] <24>
  18. Herbert, Paul (IV) as [Leonard Wilhern] <8>
  19. Howard, James (VI) as [Reporter Outside Hospital 1] <31>
  20. James, Richard (X) as [New Card Dealer] <23>
  21. Leaf, Richard as [Jack the Bartender] <27>
  22. Marsh, Colin as [Pub Patron 2] <36>
  23. McAvoy, James as [Johnny/Max] <15>
  24. McDougall, Martin as [Dr. Stone] <30>
  25. Nyman, Preston as [Boy Pupil] <40>
  26. Parkes, Shaun as [Reporter Outside Hospital 2] <32>
  27. Prideaux, Nick as (as Nicholas Prideaux) [Penelope's Great-Grandfather] <3>
  28. Rippy, Matt as (uncredited) [Chauffeur]
  29. Rouse, Rob (II) as [Mr. Mosely - Suitor] <18>
  30. Shafer, Nick as (voice) (uncredited)
  31. Viragh, Paul as [Reporter in Mr. Vanderman's Office] <33>
  32. Voce, John as [Station Cop] <12>
  33. Willoughby, William as (as Will Willoughby) [Handsome Suitor] <19>
  34. Woods, Simon (I) as [Edward Vanderman] <7>
  35. Ancona, Ronni as [Wanda] <6>
  36. Chan, Abigail as [Girl Pupil] <44>
  37. Edgerton, Francesca as [Girl Pupil (Alice)] <43>
  38. Evans, Tallulah as [Little Girl in Photobooth] <25>
  39. Greatrex, Christina as [Mrs. Vanderman] <34>
  40. Hughes, Katie (II) as [Girl Pupil] <42>
  41. Llewellyn, Pheobe as [Girl Pupil] <45>
  42. Negrao, Rubria as [Hotel Desk Clerk] <20>
  43. O Hara, Catherine as [Jessica Wilhern] <2>
  44. Oditah, Amaka as [Girl Pupil] <39>
  45. Pearce, Eve as [Old Lady Card Player] <17>
  46. Phillips, Pam (IV) as [Old Lady in Photobooth] <26>
  47. Ricci, Christina (I) as [Penelope Wilhern] <5>
  48. Stewart, Rosie (II) as [Girl Pupil] <41>
  49. Townsend, Andi-Marie as [Young Penelope] <11>
  50. Witherspoon, Reese as [Annie] <28>


  1. Comedy
  2. Fantasy
  3. Romance

Full Plot

In this modern-day romantic tale, Penelope is about a young girl's inspiring journey, a mysterious family secret, and the power of love. With all odds against her, in order for Penelope to break the family curse, she must find true love with "one of her own kind" and realize the most important life lesson, "I like myself the way I am." Penelope Wilhern, born to wealthy socialites, is afflicted by the Wilhern spell that can only be broken when she finds love. Hidden away in her family's estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parents' futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry; until her curse is revealed. Lemon, a mischievous and eager tabloid reporter, wants a photograph of the mysterious Penelope and hires Max to pose as a prospective suitor to get the shot. The handsome down-on-his luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope, but, not wanting to disappoint her or to expose his surreptitious ways, he decides to disappear. Fed up by his latest betrayal and determined to live life on her own terms, Penelope breaks free from her family and ventures into the world alone. She finds adventure and Annie, her first friend, and becomes the person she was meant to be. Summit Entertainment Many years ago, the Wilhern family's maid got pregnant from the son of her master, but he is not allowed to marry her because she would not be "one of their kind". The woman commits suicide and her witch mother curses the daughters of the family that would have the face of a pig until one of them finds true love with one who will love her faithfully. Penelope Wilhern is the first legitimate girl after generations and born with the nose of a pig. Her mother Jessica hides her from the world in the Wilhern mansion, and Penelope is raised alone, with no friends. When she becomes a young woman, her parents try to find a wealthy bachelor to marry her and break the curse. Meanwhile the tabloid reporter Lemon and the aristocrat Edward Humphrey Vanderman III that have issues against the Wilhern family hire the gambler Max to meet Penelope and take a picture of her. But their scheme does not work as planned. Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil This is the story of young woman a named Penelope, who is the victim of a curse placed on a wealthy family by a witch. Many generations ago, a witch placed a curse on the Wilhern family that would result in the next girl being born into the clan having the face of a pig. The otherwise-normal girl Penelope is forced to endure life with a pig's snout instead of a conventional nose, which has sent many a potential suitor running off into the streets, shouting in terror. Eventually, she runs away from her sheltered existence and overprotective parents, to explore the world on her own. As she meets new friends and a potential lover who doesn't run away, she begins to discover happiness - while all the while her parents believe the only way she can be happy is through an arranged marriage, which they hope will break her curse. Anthony Pereyra {} Bewitched Penelope finds it hard to find love, for having pointy little ears and a snout for a nose that will make any suitor turn tail and run, but what's worse is her overprotective, aristocratic parents that must find her perfect match for happiness. This is a hide-and-seek fairytale of the ugly duckling. Cinema_Fan Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 5,949 (Netherlands) (31 December 2008) BT: USD 15,000,000 GR: USD 10,011,274 (USA) (1 June 2008) GR: USD 10,008,324 (USA) (25 May 2008) GR: USD 10,002,594 (USA) (18 May 2008) GR: USD 9,985,759 (USA) (11 May 2008) GR: USD 9,956,977 (USA) (4 May 2008) GR: USD 9,916,560 (USA) (27 April 2008) GR: USD 9,841,968 (USA) (20 April 2008) GR: USD 9,745,606 (USA) (13 April 2008) GR: USD 9,646,154 (USA) (6 April 2008) GR: USD 9,535,615 (USA) (30 March 2008) GR: USD 9,110,144 (USA) (23 March 2008) GR: USD 8,258,801 (USA) (16 March 2008) GR: USD 6,756,153 (USA) (9 March 2008) GR: USD 3,802,144 (USA) (2 March 2008) GR: GBP 3,049,482 (UK) (2 March 2008) GR: GBP 2,896,064 (UK) (24 February 2008) GR: GBP 2,296,364 (UK) (17 February 2008) GR: GBP 1,394,765 (UK) (10 February 2008) GR: GBP 769,840 (UK) (3 February 2008) GR: RUR 22,465,194 (Russia) (2 September 2007) GR: RUR 21,659,559 (Russia) (19 August 2007) GR: RUR 19,874,305 (Russia) (12 August 2007) GR: RUR 13,110,736 (Russia) (5 August 2007) OW: USD 3,802,144 (USA) (2 March 2008) (1,196 screens) OW: GBP 769,840 (UK) (3 February 2008) (335 screens) OW: RUR 13,110,736 (Russia) (5 August 2007) (227 screens) SD: 17 January 2006 - ? WG: USD 1,252 (USA) (1 June 2008) (4 screens) WG: USD 2,029 (USA) (25 May 2008) (5 screens) WG: USD 8,897 (USA) (18 May 2008) (27 screens) WG: USD 19,836 (USA) (11 May 2008) (44 screens) WG: USD 25,211 (USA) (4 May 2008) (60 screens) WG: USD 53,449 (USA) (27 April 2008) (112 screens) WG: USD 67,694 (USA) (20 April 2008) (142 screens) WG: USD 74,483 (USA) (13 April 2008) (178 screens) WG: USD 52,481 (USA) (6 April 2008) (104 screens) WG: USD 146,026 (USA) (30 March 2008) (222 screens) WG: USD 386,547 (USA) (23 March 2008) (501 screens) WG: USD 886,917 (USA) (16 March 2008) (757 screens) WG: USD 2,106,696 (USA) (9 March 2008) (1,207 screens) WG: USD 3,802,144 (USA) (2 March 2008) (1,196 screens) WG: GBP 123,359 (UK) (2 March 2008) (318 screens) WG: GBP 299,236 (UK) (24 February 2008) (330 screens) WG: GBP 393,495 (UK) (17 February 2008) (336 screens) WG: GBP 425,543 (UK) (10 February 2008) (336 screens) WG: GBP 769,840 (UK) (3 February 2008) (335 screens)

Movie Certificate

PG (USA)(foreign cut)
GP (Taiwan)
PG (Ireland)
PG (Canada)(Ontario)
6 (Germany)
I (Hong Kong)
PG (Singapore)
12 (South Korea)
K-7 (Finland)
PG (Australia)
Atp (Argentina)
M/6 (Portugal)

Music Composers

  1. Talbot, Joby


  1. Amathieu, Michel

Dress Designers

  1. Taylor, Jill (I)


Blue Sky Media [us] - (2008) (Czech Republic) (all media)
Capelight Pictures [de] - (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
Cathay-Keris Films [sg] - (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
DesperaDo [jp] - (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
Distribution Company [ar] - (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK) [hk] - (2008) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment [gb] - (2008) (UK) (DVD)
Momentum Pictures [gb] - (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
Net5 [nl] - (2011) (Netherlands) (TV)
Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution [fi] - (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
Nordisk Film [fi] - (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
Paradise Group [ru] - (2007) (Russia) (all media)
Pinema [tr] - (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
RCV Film Distribution [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
RCV Home Entertainment [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Square One Entertainment [de] - (2008) (Germany) (all media)
Summit Entertainment [us] - (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
Summit Home Entertainment [us] - (2008) (USA) (DVD)
Tanweer Films [ae] - (2006) (India) (all media)
Tanweer Films [ae] - (2011) (India) (TV)
Universal Pictures [it] - (2008) (Italy) (DVD)

Film Editors

  1. Gregory, Jon (II)


  1. Armitage, Kim (script supervisor)
  2. Baker, Sarah (IX) (production secretary)
  3. Bone, Kate (assistant production trainee)
  4. Brontë-Stewart, Kate (floor runner)
  5. Brugmann, Gero (legal counsel)
  6. Carey, Luke (assistant to producer: UK)
  7. Curtis, Matt (II) (title designer)
  8. Dowding, Janie (assistant to director)
  9. Farla, Elton (medical coordinator)
  10. Freed, Jennifer Zolten (post-production accountant)
  11. Geiger, Sara (assistant to producer)
  12. Gregory, Nicole (I) (unit publicist)
  13. Harper, Harriet (II) (assistant to producers)
  14. Hart, Steve (III) (location scout)
  15. Jones, Julia (IV) (unit publicist)
  16. Karam, Pat (location manager)
  17. Loisy, Sandrine (set production assistant)
  18. Magee, Emma (production runner)
  19. McCullough, Jill (I) (dialect coach)
  20. Moore, Debbie (I) (production accountant)
  21. Moore, Natalie (I) (assistant accountant)
  22. Munnelly, Mark (auditor)
  23. Oakleigh, Helen (chaperone)
  24. Pianca, Michelle (assistant location manager)
  25. Read, Gemma Louise (additional floor runner) (uncredited)
  26. Simmons, Moebius (assistant to producer)
  27. Spring, Izzy (adr voice) (uncredited)
  28. Spry, Joss (production assistant)
  29. Tibbetts, Katherine (production coordinator)
  30. Wheeler, Jason (III) (location scout)


Annie: So what are you hiding from the law or is it just a bad nose job? Penelope: Mhm, bad nose job. Jessica Wilhern: What? I'm being her mother! That's what mothers do with daughters; they talk about how to look prettier. Max: Good God, he licked me. Lemon: Edward. Edward Vanderman Jr.: What? Lemon: Don't lick Max. Edward Vanderman Jr.: Try to remember - I'm your son. Mr. Vanderman: That's exactly what I'm trying to forget! Duty Cop: Detailed description? Jessica Wilhern: Brown hair. Brown eyes. [pause] Jessica Wilhern: A unique... ly pleasant personality. Franklin Wilhern: Think pig. Duty Cop: So she's a fat girl? Penelope: Helaborasoreantalis. They're amazing; they bloom even in the winter. Annie: That's cool. Penelope: They just pop up without any help from anyone. Annie: [laughs] Kind of like my ex-boyfriend, if you know what I mean. Max: Y'know you inspired me, doing what you did, going off on your own like that. Penelope: [telling her class her story] And we lived happily ever after - well, happily ever after so far at least. Child #1: I don't get it. What does it mean? Penelope: Well, you tell me what you think it means. Child #2: Rich people stink! Child #3: It's always the mothers fault. Child #4: It's not the power of the curse - it's the power you give the curse. Max: All Halloween I've been running into someone I used to know. Penelope: [wearing a pig mask] This someone - she meant a lot to you? Max: Yes, yes she did. Penelope: What happened? Max: I couldn't give her what she wanted. Penelope: What did she want? Max: To be free. Journalist #1: Do you have any other pig parts? Penelope: No! Journalist #2: With such a large nose, do you smell better than the rest of us? Penelope: [laughs] You tell me. Wanda: Wait! He's still a blue-blood! He can break the curse. Penelope: Max, I know this face repulses you... And I wouldn't, I wouldn't dream of asking you to accept it. Max: No... No... No... Penelope: But this isn't me, the real me is inside here somewhere just waiting to get out and you can make that happen and once the curse is broken I'll be just like anybody else. Max: What if the curse doesn't get broken? What if the curse can never be broken? Penelope: Then I'll kill myself. I promise, I promise I will. Penelope: Marry me, Max. Marry me. Max: I can't. Penelope: Get out. Max: I'm... Wanda: Get out. Get out. [first lines] Penelope: My parents were born into the good life. Old money, blue blooded, society sweethearts. [last lines] Penelope: [talking to her class] Ok, after break, we'll go explore and see what you can collect. Stay together! Penelope: There are three hundred and twenty-six first editions in that room. Of those, three hundred are worth over fifty thousand, a dozen or so are worth over twenty-five thousand and I'm afraid there's only one that's valued under a hundred. Max: Only one, huh? Penelope: A little novel, written by a little nobody that never amounted to anything. Max: You don't say, under a hundred? Penelope: I'm afraid so, and I'm afraid that means that it's time for [interrupted] Max: But your favorite just the same. Jessica Wilhern: Honey, just think about what you're doing. This is the moment we have worked so hard for. Penelope: I said go away! Jessica Wilhern: Sweetheart, please! Please, we are one yes away from a whole new life, a whole new you! Penelope: But I don't want a whole new me, mother! Jessica Wilhern: Sweetheart please, please. Penelope: I like myself the way I am! [Annie laughs as Penelope puts a pig mask on] Penelope: What? Annie: Nothing. It's just nice to see the old you again. Penelope: I felt the rush of a thousand heartbreaks. Penelope: Used to? You don't do that anymore? What are you doing instead? Max: [after a pause] Beating you at chess. Penelope: I warned you I'd kill her. Max: Well that's great, because, you know what? As soon as my guys hear what you've done... Penelope: The game will be over, your Queen'll be dead. Max: My King's still pretty... active. You know? Penelope: Once the Queen is dead, the King is useless. Max: What's that about? Penelope: I don't know. Maybe he's too depressed to fight. He really loved her, you know. Jessica Wilhern: Penelope, just one man, one man. Penelope: And he'll run too! They always run. Why can't you accept that? For seven years I've been watching them run. Do you have any idea how that makes me feel? Do you? Jessica Wilhern: I'm sorry, but we just can't quit. Penelope: We can, because no matter how much I want to believe there's one man who won't run away, one man who... who... Lemon: Did you have to gamble all night? Max: Yeah... still had chips left. Franklin Wilhern: Why can't I have bacon? Jessica Wilhern: Because you love oatmeal. Franklin Wilhern: No... I love bacon. Penelope: [to Max] You lied to me! I guessed piano and you said that... [gasps as Max whisks her around and kisses her] Jessica Wilhern: What are they doing? Franklin Wilhern: She's finding his instrument. Jessica Wilhern: Isn't that something a man should do for himself? Jessica Wilhern: [Penelope is digging into junk food] What are you doing? Penelope: Just speeding things up. Jessica Wilhern: Oh, so now you're just going to make a pig of yourself? Penelope: No, that's already been done for me. Jessica Wilhern: [Slaps food out of Penelope's hand] Stop it! Penelope: ...That was the last of the Ho-Hos!

Other Titles

  1. Penelope (2006) (ENG)
    (Italy) (DVD title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. 56 Holland Park, Holland Park, London, England, UK - (Edward Vanderman's house exterior)
  2. Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  3. Land Registry, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, England, UK - (City Hospital)
  4. London, England, UK
  5. Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly, London, England, UK
  6. Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  7. Primrose Hill, London, England, UK
  8. Shepherd's Bush, London, England, UK


- Released in the US and UK two years after production.

- 'Reese Witherspoon' (qv)'s first project as the leading producer as well as an actress, and also 'Mark Palansky' (qv)'s feature film directorial debut.

- 'Christina Ricci (I)' (qv) did not have to audition for her role. She was approached by 'Reese Witherspoon' (qv).

- It took an hour and a half just to put the nose prosthetic on 'Christina Ricci (I)' (qv).

- Delivered to some theaters under the codename "Scarfy",

- As the film was filmed in the UK, many of the actors who play American characters are actually British, such as 'Ronni Ancona' (qv), 'James McAvoy' (qv), 'Nick Frost (I)' (qv) and 'Burn Gorman' (qv).

- In the scene where 'Christina Ricci (I)' (qv)'s character catches 'James McAvoy' (qv) trying to steal a book, she mentions that the room has 300 First editions worth over $50,000. This totals to $15,000,000: the budget of the film.

- When "Max" first enters the Wilhern house to take a picture of Penelope he browses the bookshelves of the meeting room and takes down a novel which he identifies as a "first edition." The book that Max grabs, and which Penelope subsequently refers to as her favorite, is