Napoleon Dynamite

Trivia: There is an extra "two months later" scene at the very end after the credits.


Trivia: After Uncle Rico throws the steak at Napoleon when he's riding his bike, Rico sits back down on the porch and you can see him discreetly spit something into his hand and put it down. According to the DVD commentary, this was the bite of steak he was eating, because Jon Gries, who played Uncle Rico, didn't eat red meat. Between shots he spat out all the many bites of steak his character had to eat.


Trivia: Co-writer/director Jared Hess and his wife, co-writer Jerusha, are Mormon, which explains why there is no profanity in the script.

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Trivia: The name "Napoleon Dynamite" is a pseudonym used by singer Elvis Costello for his 1986 album, "Blood and Chocolate." Although there is a resemblance, it is coincidence because it was unknown until it was already in production.

Trivia: All of the students in Napoleon's school are credited at the end of the movie. Over 150 names.

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Trivia: During the filming of the LaFawnDuh/Kip wedding scene the horse that Jon Heder (Napoleon) was riding galloped past the spot that it was supposed to stop on and went dangerously close to the camera crew. Jon franticly started giving the "stop" signal to the horse, who stopped so abruptly Jon was catapulted over the front of the horse and onto the grass in front of it. This fact is confirmed on the DVD featurette "The Perfect Wedding".

Trivia: Because Napoleon Dynamite was such a giant hit among young people, especially college students, the actors were asked to make appearances at different college graduations. At one, Jon Heder, who portrayed Napoleon was asked by a student to throw a steak at his face. He agreed, hit him square on, and then autographed the steak.

Trivia: When Napoleon is in the locker room for P.E., he's sitting between the characters Randy (played by Bracken Johnson) and Lance (played by Brian Peterson). Randy's shirt says "Bracken" and Lance's shirt says "Peterson". They're not using the characters' names.

Trivia: Many people believe that Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) is a vegetarian because of the multiple goofs where he spits out his steak. However, the only reasons he had been spitting it out was because he only eats fully cooked meat, and some of the shots had to be done multiple times, and it gets tiring having to chew on steak over, and over.

Trivia: Director Jared Hess and actor John Heder were college roommates at BYU. Heder didn't consider himself an actor, but he could relate to the character of Napoleon, so he agreed to be in Hess' short film "Peluca" and the rest is history. (Source: BYU Magazine).

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Trivia: Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) actually nailed John Heder in the face with the steak throw. The impact gave Heder two black eyes that are visible in multiple scenes in the film. (Source: Slashfilm).

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Trivia: Due to the low budget, most of the wardrobe was found at thrift stores. Napoleon's moon boots were 20 years old and borrowed from Jerusha Hess' uncle, and his glasses were a thrift store find and the prescription made John Heder's vision very uncomfortable. (Source: UTV).

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Napoleon watches the farmer shoot the cow, the film crew and camera are visible in the reflection of the glass door of the passing school bus. (00:16:20)


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