Elsa & Fred (2014)

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"Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred is a bit younger than Elsa and has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa. (C) Official Site

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Cast

Marcia Gay Harden
as Lydia Barcroft
Scott Bakula
as Raymond Hayes
James Brolin
as Max Hayes
Jaime Camil
as Waiter #1
Reg Rogers
as Alec Hayes
Donny Boaz
as Waiter #2
Haylie Creppel
as Girl with Ball
Dave Davis
as Photographer
Raymond Delaune
as Vegetable Vendor
Meghan Duffy
as Emma Watt
Jared Gilman
as Michael
Indigo
as Nurse
Sam Medina
as Taxi Driver
Lance E. Nichols
as Taxi Driver
Lisa Raziano
as Fine Dining Customer
Lisa Sheridan
as Dr. Sheridan
Cindy Strecker
as Oyster Bar Patron
Valerie Strecker
as Oyster Bar Patron
Alexis Talley
as Pedestrian
Jackie Tuttle
as Receptionist
Kendall Wright
as Pedestrian
Brady Yarborough
as Child In Park
Jesse Yarborough
as Pedestrian
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Critic Reviews for Elsa & Fred

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

Unlike so many American remakes of foreign films, this reboot improves on the original, mostly because it takes full advantage of the star power of its English-speaking cast.

Dec 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4

This movie is so tone-deaf that it tries to wring charm from questionable stereotypes about senior citizens and minorities.

Nov 7, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A not-terrific, not-terrible romantic comedy that owes most of its charm to its two stars.

Nov 7, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A bland and formulaic tale of two senior citizens who discover that it's never too late to fall in love - which may well be true, but doesn't keep this rickety recycling of a 2005 Spanish-Argentinean comedy from feeling long past its sell-by date.

Nov 6, 2014 | Full Review…
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The movie's too-cute concept yields more rewards than you might reasonably expect.

Nov 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Though the issues are heavy, the execution is light, enjoyable, but it keeps "Elsa & Fred" closer to "Sleepless in Seattle" than Fellini's deliciously deep Roman affair.

Nov 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Elsa & Fred

½

Nice movie about an older couple. I didn't really expect to get into it, but it was actually really well done and Shirley MacLaine is still so beautiful to watch onscreen. I didn't realize until I looked it up that it's a remake of a foreign film, actually that made sense in how this one plays out. It wasn't your standard American film at all. I dare say the original is better (aren't they always?), but I haven't seen it, so I can only rate this as I find it. Quite moving in places. I loved the scene at the end where Elsa finally visits Rome, but it was sad too.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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I hated Elsa.... she was very immoral in my opinion. She made Fred happy and brought him out of his shell so that was the only good part of the movie.

Ida Kern
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