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Five Children and It (2004)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 15 October 2004 (UK)
Five children staying in their eccentric uncle's labyrinthine mansion for protection during World War I befriend a sand fairy who has the power to grant wishes.

Director:

John Stephenson

Writers:

David Solomons, E. Nesbit (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Fitzgerald ... Mother
Freddie Highmore ... Robert
Alex Jennings ... Father
Jonathan Bailey ... Cyril
Jessica Claridge Jessica Claridge ... Anthea
Poppy Rogers Poppy Rogers ... Jane
Alec Muggleton Alec Muggleton ... Lamb
Zak Muggleton Zak Muggleton ... Lamb
Zoë Wanamaker ... Martha
Kenneth Branagh ... Uncle Albert
Alexander Pownall ... Horace
Eddie Izzard ... It (voice)
Georgio Serafini Georgio Serafini ... Mr. Bialli
John Sessions ... Peasemarsh
Kim Fenton Kim Fenton ... RFC Flier
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Storyline

"It" is a Psammead, an ancient, ugly, and irritable sand fairy the children find one day on a secret beach at their uncle's mansion. It grants them one wish per day, lasting until sunset. But they soon learn it is very hard to think of really sensible wishes, and each one gets them into unexpected difficulties. Magic, the children find, can be as awkward as it is enticing. Written by craig47

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Anything can happen if you believe in IT! See more »


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Country:

France | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (UK) See more »

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5 Children & It See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£230,156 (United Kingdom), 22 October 2004, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Zoë Wanamaker appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) as "Madame Hooch", and Sir Kenneth Branagh made his appearance in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) as "Gilderoy Lockhart'. See more »

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Despite taking place in circa 1917, the children sing "Happy Birthday to You", which wasn't written until 1924, and didn't game popularity until around 1930. See more »

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[first lines]
Robert: It was the Summer of nineteen seventeen and the world was at war. Like lots of children, we had to leave our home. - Leave London. We didn't want to go, but Dad went to fly planes, and Mum went to look after the wounded, and we were stuck. They insisted we go to the country, to stay with mad Uncle Albert and our cousin Horace.
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Robert's Theme
Written and Performed by Sean Lennon
Produced by David Kahne
Published by Usagi Music
Sean Lennon appears courtesy of Capitol Records
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Mildly entertaining story...
29 October 2006 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 10/29/2006 - 4 out of 10(Dir-John Stephenson): Mildly entertaining story of a group of five kids who are forced to live with their eccentric uncle while their father and mother fight & work in World War I as England entered the war. They are told not to go in the greenhouse of the uncle's mansion, which of course they do over and over, and they discover a sand fairy who them daily wishes that only last until the sun goes down. This is the "IT" referred to in the title, created by the Jim Henson group and voiced by Eddie Izzard. The problem is their wishes usually bring about other problems that they are supposed to learn from. This part of the movie is not done very well because it's obvious the children, primarily the Freddie Highmore character, do not learn from them but instead keep going back to "it" to solve their next big problem. "IT" is not nearly as funny as it could have been with the comedian Eddie Izzard really not given much opportunity to improvise and Kenneth Branagh is wasted as the eccentric uncle, although he is the best character. The children are fine as far as their acting abilities but the story probably would have been much better going into the fantasy realm but they did have a human story to tell as well, which probably caused the confusion with the filmmakers. So, all in all, this was an OK film but could have been much better.


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