Elsa & Fred

6.41 h 37 min2014X-RayPG-13
After losing his wife, Fred (Christopher Plummer) moves into a nearby apartment building where he meets Elsa (Shirley MacLaine). Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, teaching him that time is precious and that he should enjoy life--and love--to the fullest.
Michael Radford
Shirley MacLaineChristopher PlummerMarcia Gay Harden
English [CC]
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Scott Bakula
Justin BellCesar CanavatiMatthias EhrenbergCarlos Garcia de ParedesAaron L. GilbertMargot HandJason HewittAlejandro ItkinRicardo Kleinbaum
Millennium Entertainment
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

892 global ratings

  1. 70% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Robert TropfenbaumReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting, Great ending
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A little choppy in the story line but Shirley and Christopher propped it up and made it very worth watching.
AnneReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a sweet movie
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I cried a bucket of tears watching this movie. It is the sweetest movie I have ever watched.
angieReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Elsa & Fred....
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Must see movie warms the heart and soul. Love at any age is a blessing.
Pmrallen517Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
A sweet love story!
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I loved the ease of their friendship, & how she brought him out of his shell.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Love this!
Paco LargoReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Below the actors' skill level.
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Essentially a B-movie with A-list actors.

Plummer and McClain are overkill for this film which is not especially funny or dramatic. It's like trying to combine Grumpy Old Men with Brian's Song and neither the story nor the casting work.

James Brolin and George Segal both are a treat in their small roles. These older actors have unbelievable presence and they command the screen, which makes the film kind of worth watching.

It's unfortunate, though, that Hollywood has not produced a credible story about romance and sexuality between older adults. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, is a recent example of a film that should have been brilliant dealing with this topic but fell quite short. It's Complicated did a fair job but that, too, should have been much better.
46erReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet Story with a great cast
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Enjoyed this sweet love story. What a treat to see a performance by Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine!
Magaly ConsuegraReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tender love story of old age couple
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At the end a little to fantastic, but it's sweet to see old people enjoy the last years of their life with so much positivity and that's what Elsa tried to do with Fred
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