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Elf (2003)

Movie Summary

On Christmas Eve, an orphaned baby crawls into Santa Claus’s sack and is unknowingly taken to the North Pole. After the infant is discovered at the workshop, the elves name him Buddy after his diaper’s brand label. Buddy grows up to adulthood thinking he is an elf, despite being twice the size of every other elf and inept at toymaking. After accidentally overhearing he is a human, he decides to journey from the North Pole to New York City to meet his biological father, Walter Hobbs, who doesn’t know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit.

Elf was originally released in theaters November 7, 2003.

Where can I watch Elf online?

Elf is available to stream from the following providers:

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Is Elf available to buy on DVD?

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Buy on DVD

When will Elf air on TV in 2024?

Not airing this week

This movie normally airs throughout the holiday season on AMC. For a complete schedule of dates and times, view the AMC Best Christmas Ever schedule.

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Cast Includes

Will Ferrell (Buddy), James Caan (Walter), Bob Newhart (Papa Elf), Edward Asner (Santa), Mary Steenburgen (Emily), Zooey Deschanel (Jovie), Daniel Tay (Michael), Faizon Love (Gimbel’s Manager), Peter Dinklage (Miles Finch), Amy Sedarias (Deb)

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4 thoughts on “Elf (2003)

  • I got Elf on dvd anyway. But as for my sister she won’t be a happy person because it not on any basic cable channels AMC or ABC Family for the 2021 season. She doesn’t want to pay for more Starz or HBO. Alot of people that have no more dvd player not gonna be happy

  • Mark Claxton

    UPDATE: “Elf” repeats on Abc Family channel 12/13, 12/14, & 12/15 in addition to the above mentioned dates.

  • Mark Claxton

    In 2015 “Elf” is showing on Abc Family channel on Wed. Dec. 9 (8:45pm) & repeats Thu. Dec 10 (6:30pm).

  • Miller

    Totally sucks that networks are not showing Elf. Only showing on Starz, I don’t get starz, not even on Netflix! What the crap!!!


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