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Paddington (2014)

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A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

Director:

Paul King

Writers:

Paul King, Hamish McColl (screen story by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Downie ... Montgomery Clyde
Madeleine Worrall ... Agatha Clyde
Lottie Steer ... Young Millicent
Geoffrey Palmer ... Head Geographer
Theresa Watson Theresa Watson ... Stenographer
Imelda Staunton ... Aunt Lucy (voice)
Michael Gambon ... Uncle Pastuzo (voice)
Ben Whishaw ... Paddington (voice)
Hugh Bonneville ... Henry Brown
Sally Hawkins ... Mary Brown
Madeleine Harris ... Judy Brown
Samuel Joslin ... Jonathan Brown
Michael Bond ... Kindly Gentleman
Matt Lucas ... Joe
Julie Walters ... Mrs. Bird
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Storyline

A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kind Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. Written by Marmalade Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Please look after this bear. Thank you See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paddington See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,191,930 (United Kingdom), 30 November 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,205,000, 18 January 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$76,271,832

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$268,047,808
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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Walters has starred in two films based on famous English children's books. This and Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Ben Whishaw stars with her in both films. In each film, the first scene she shared with Ben Whishaw is one where a room of a multi-storey London Town house gets flooded. See more »

Goofs

when Jonathan pulls the switch and turns off the power, Millicent picks up the phone to call security....she would have needed the power on to use the phone. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Lucy: You once, there was once a war in the explorer's country. People in England sent their children by train with labels around their necks, so they could be taken care of by complete strangers in the country side where it was safe. They will not have forgotten how to treat strangers.
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As the marmalade fruits land on the floor after Paddington accidentally slips and drops them, the letters of his soon-to-be name, which is also the title, are spelled out, but not in order. See more »


Soundtracks

Blow Wind Blow
Performed by D. Lime featuring Tobago Crusoe
Written and Composed by Lionel Belasco
Published by Roots Caribbean Rhythms Publishing (PRS)
Recorded by Stephen Sedgwick
Assisted by John Foyle and Kristian Donaldson
Recorded at Studio 13
Produced by Electric Wave Bureau
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Simple, Family Fun,
24 December 2016 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Paddington is a good movie with a well developed plot and a great cast. It is a fun,, whimsical film as we see the classic cartoon bear recreated in a live action format to excellent results. The animation of Paddington himself is incredible, somewhat life like, and Ben Whisaw provides an excellent voice over that suits the characters demeanour perfectly.

However, I did find the plot to be far too straight forward, I understand it is a kids movie but there is very little twists and turns that I found it could be a little mundane for its target audience and the parents watching it with them. A very large majority of scenes take place inside the Brown house, which does become somewhat tedious.

I was also disappointed by Nicole Kidman's character Millicent. She could have made a terrific villain, similar to Glenn Close's Cruella De Vil, but there were two major flaws. The first is that she does not have enough screen time to make her character developed enough, and she is also never given a proper reason to want Paddington, which makes her motives unexciting. It was as if she was never meant to be a part of the film, but was thrown in at the last minute to make things more exciting.

It is a bright, colourful, feel good film that kids and kids at heart can enjoy. While it may have its flaws, it's also funny and well animated, I would recommend Paddingtom to anyone looking for a good family film.

When a young bear travels to London in search of a home, he soon meets the Brown family at a train station and changes their life as they know it.

Best Performance: Hugh Bonneville


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