The Polar Express

Synopsis: This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Director(s): Robert Zemeckis
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

On Christmas Eve, many years ago...

...I lay quietly in my bed.

I did not rustle the sheets.

I breathed slowly and silently.

I was listening for a sound

I was afraid I'd never hear.

The ringing bells of Santa's sleigh.

All right. All right, Sarah,

you had your water.

Now let's get you upstairs

and into bed.

But... But... But, I have to...

He said Santa would have to

fly faster than light... get to every house in one night.

And to hold everyone's presents...

...his sled would be bigger

than an ocean liner.

Your brother said that? He was just

kidding you. He knows there's a Santa.

He said he wasn't sure.

He wasn't sure if Santa was for real.

Of course Santa is real.

He's as real as Christmas itself.

But he won't come until you're

sound asleep, young lady.

Sweet dreams.

Santa will be here before you know it.

So go to sleep.

"Stark, barren.

Devoid of life. "

He's gotta be asleep by now.

He used to stay awake all night

waiting for Santa.

Think those days are just about over.

That would be sad if that were true.

Yeah, an end of the magic.

Merry Christmas, sweetheart.

See, he's out like a light.

An express train

wouldn't wake him up now.

"End of the magic"?

All aboard!

All aboard!

Well? You coming?


Why, to the North Pole, of course.

This is the Polar Express.

The North Pole?

I see.

Hold this, please.

Thank you.

Is this you?

- Yeah.

- Well, it says here... photo with a department-store

Santa this year, no letter to Santa.

And you made your sister

put out the milk and cookies.

Sounds to me like

this is your crucial year.

If I were you, I would think

about climbing onboard.

Come on, come on.

I've got a schedule to keep.

Suit yourself.

'Cause that's the way things happen

On the Polar Express

Whoo, whoo, the whistle blows

That's the sound of her singing

Ding, ding, the bell will ring

Golly, look at her go

You wonder if we'll get there soon

Anybody's guess

'Cause that's the way things happen

On the Polar Express

When we get there

We'll scream, "Yay!"

We'll arrive with

A bang, bang, bang

Boom, boom, boom

Laughing all the way

With a comfy seat and lots to eat

Boy, it's just the best

Wish it wouldn't ever have to end

With a little luck, we'll be on time

There's no need to stress

'Cause that's the way things happen

On the Polar Express

Hey. Hey, you. Yeah, you.

Do you know what kind of train this is?

Train. Do you know what kind of train

this is? Do you?

Of course.

It's a magic train.

- We're going to the North Pole.

- I know it's a magic train.

It's a Baldwin 2-8-4 S3-class/an LNER 4-6-2 A3-class

steam locomotive...

...built in 1931 at the Baldwin Locomotive

Works/1922 at the Doncaster Works to a design of

Nigel Gresley. It weighs 456,100/180 pounds and...

Are we really going to the North Pole?

- Hey, look!

- Isn't that wonderful?

Herpolsheimer's! Herpolsheimer's!

Wow, look at all those presents.

I want all of them.

It's so Christmassy and cozy

and beautiful!


Tickets, please.


Ticket, please.

Try your pocket.

Try your other pocket.

Thank you, sir.

Hey, watch out, there.

Thank you, sir.

That is a public-address microphone.

It is not a toy.

Boy, that guy sure likes to show off.

Look what that wise guy

punched on my ticket.

- "L-E." What the heck does that mean?

- Next stop, 11344 Edbrooke.

We're heading for the other side

of the tracks.

Well? You coming?

It's just another pickup.

That's weird. I thought you were

supposed to be the last one.

Why, to the North Pole, of course.

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Robert Zemeckis

Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American filmmaker and screenwriter. Zemeckis is credited as one of the greatest "visual storytellers" in filmmaking and is a pioneer of visual effects. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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