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Rumpelstiltskin (1987)

A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Irving ... Katie
Billy Barty ... Rumpelstiltskin
Clive Revill ... King Mezzer
Priscilla Pointer ... Queen Grizelda
Robert Symonds ... Victor
John Moulder-Brown ... Prince Henry (as John Moulder Brown)
Yehuda Efroni ... Count Flax
Jonny Phillips ... Ralph (as Johnny Phillips)
Jack Messinger Jack Messinger ... Alf
Michael Schneider Michael Schneider ... Peasant
Yael Uziely Yael Uziely ... Emily
Julian Chagrin ... Blacksmith
Danny Segev Danny Segev ... Clerk
Susan Berlin Susan Berlin ... Clerk's Wife
Austin Irving Austin Irving ... Clerk's Child


A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only hope for her baby son, John. Written by Max Vaughn

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The Brothers Grimm classic that proves nothing's impossible! See more »


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April 1987 (USA) See more »

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Cannon Movie Tales: Rumpelstiltskin See more »

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The first entry in the "Cannon Movie Tales" series. See more »


Katie: When you're good and smart and kind of heart, there's nothing you can't win. And it never hurts to remember a name like...
Emily: Rumpelstiltskin.
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Spoofed in Leprechaun (1993) See more »


I Need a Miracle
Performed by Amy Irving and Stuart Zagnit
Music and Lyrics by Max Robert
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23 January 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Cannon Movie Tales version of the Rumpelstiltskin story. I enjoy quite a few of these movies, despite their low budgets and high cheese factor, but this one is not good. Amy Irving plays the woman who, when forced to spin straw into gold, turns to the magical dwarf Rumpelstiltskin for help. In her thirties by this point, Irving is too old for a part that seems to be written with a woman in her late teens or early twenties in mind. This movie is a family affair for Irving. Her brother David wrote and directed it (his first of three Cannon Movie Tales films) and her mother, Priscilla Pointer, plays the nasty Queen. Even her stepfather, Robert Symonds, gets in on the act and plays her father here. Billy Barty plays the title character and clearly is having a good time, which goes a long way towards making this work as much as it does. His constant rhyming gets old quickly, though. Clive Revill plays the gold-hungry King and appears to be having quite a good time himself. John Moulder-Brown, with his ridiculous wig and all-kinds-of-wrong mustache, is the weakest part of the cast. As with all these Cannon fairy tale films, they take a short story and stretch it to the breaking point. This has some truly putrid songs that will test your will to live. The production values are not good and the film looks drab and cheap at all times. The cheapness is never more evident than the gold straw that is obviously just Christmas tinsel. It's really a stinker and I wouldn't recommend you start with this one if you are wanting to try out the Cannon Movie Tales series.

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