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Penelope Details


A kindly aristocrat suffering from an unsightly curse breaks free from her extravagant, prison-like estate to seek adventure and discover her true self in a romantic, modern-day fairy tale directed by Mark Palansky and starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, and Reese Witherspoon. Generations ago, a witch placed a curse on the Wilhelm family that would result in the next girl being born into the clan having a porcine snout -- and now young Penelope (Ricci) has fallen victim to the vengeful hag's unsightly grudge. When tabloid reporter Lemon (Dinklage) runs a misleadingly frightening photograph of the kind-hearted Penelope, her parents, Jessica (Catherine O'Hara) and Franklin (Richard E. Grant), lock the girl away in a sprawling mansion. Though it is said that the curse can be lifted if a man of Penelope's status takes her hand in marriage, every man who lays eyes on the girl takes flight at first sight, never to return -- until the arrival of Max (McAvoy), that is. An unrepentant gambler with a heavy heart and an ulterior motive for meeting Penelope, Max is unexpectedly caught off guard by the pig-nosed girl's disarming charm, and suddenly flees before carrying out his nefarious plan. Now determined to throw caution to the wind and explore the world on her own terms, Penelope makes the acquaintance of independent-minded delivery girl Annie (Witherspoon), who fast agrees to join her newfound friend on the ultimate journey of self-discovery. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:February 29, 2008


Christina Ricci
as Penelope Wilhern
James McAvoy
as Johnny/Max
Catherine O'Hara
as Jessica Wilhern
Peter Dinklage
as Lemon
Richard E. Grant
as Franklin Wilhern
Reese Witherspoon
as Annie
Simon Woods
as Edward Vanderman
Ronni Ancona
as Wanda
Michael Feast
as Jake/Witch
Nigel Havers
as Mr. Vanderman
Lenny Henry
as Krull
Christina Greatrex
as Mrs. Vanderman
Nick Frost


Mark Palansky
Scott Steindorff
Reese Witherspoon
Jennifer Simpson
Leslie Caveny
Michel Amathieu
Joby Talbot
Composer (Music Score)
Ian Seymour
Amanda McArthur
Production Designer
Ged Bryan
Production Designer
Gerard Bryan
Art Director
John Reid
Supervising Art Director
Sean Guest
Art Director
Leslie Caveny
Phil Robertson
Christian Arnold-Beutel
Executive Producer
Chris Curling
Executive Producer
Robin Greenspun
Executive Producer
Andrew Molasky
Executive Producer
Michael Roban
Executive Producer
Dylan Russell
Executive Producer
Danny Greenspun
Executive Producer
Jill Taylor
Costume Designer
Bridget Menzies
Set Decorator
Martin Trevis
Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Collinge
Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Sheehan
Sound/Sound Designer
Susie Figgis
Paul Ritchie
Line Producer
Jody Johnson
Visual Effects Supervisor