The Polar Express

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Animation, Documentary, Drama, Family
Running Time:  92 min.
Release Date: November 10, 2004
DVD: November 22, 2005

Current rating: Rating: 3.88
based on 9077 votes and 111 reviews
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Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Peter Scolari, Nona Gaye, Eddie Deezen, Charles Fleischer, Daryl Sabara, Josh Hutcherson


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 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 asks. "Where?" "Why, to the North Pole, of course. This is the Polar Express!"

Based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Gary Goetzman, Bill Teitler
Screenplay: Robert Zemeckis, William Broyles Jr.
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  • 5 stars "The Polar Express is the Christmas heartwarming movie about the power of faith and hope that resonates across cultures and generations because the marvelous movie of the Chris Van Allsburg Christmas masterpiece about one of the impressive enduring mysteries of the universe: Santa Claus! Mystery trumps reason and brings true happiness to the heart! The Polar Express shares with moral themes about the beauty of being generous to others, the power of faith, respect for courage and leadership, and the value of friendship!"
  • 5 stars "My favorite christmas movie... Great soundtrack"