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Heidi (2005)

TV-G | | Drama, Family | 19 August 2005 (USA)
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The classic children's story of a young orphan girl and her crusty grandfather and their life in the mountains is told in this handsome production. With Geraldine Chaplin and Dame Diana Rigg.

Director:

Paul Marcus

Writers:

Brian Finch (screenplay), Johanna Spyri (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Bolger ... Heidi
Max von Sydow ... Uncle Alp
Geraldine Chaplin ... Rottenmeier
Diana Rigg ... Grandmamma
Pauline McLynn ... Aunt Detie
Sam Friend Sam Friend ... Peter
Jessica Claridge Jessica Claridge ... Clara
Del Synnott Del Synnott ... Sebastian
Kellie Shirley ... Tinette
Robert Bathurst ... Mr. Sessemann
Oliver Ford Davies ... Dr. Classen
Caroline Pegg Caroline Pegg ... Bridget
Jessica James ... Grannie
Alexander Main Alexander Main ... Frankfurt Boy
Karl Johnson ... Old Man
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Storyline

Swiss girl Adelheid "Heidi" (Emma Bolger) is orphaned young. Aunt Detie (Pauline McLynn) brings her to Uncle Alp (Max Von Sydow), who lives isolated in the Alps since his murder charge. Heidi soon takes to the wild country, especially accompanying young goat herder Peter (Sam Friend). Uncle Alp refuses to send her to school in the city, but Aunt Detie returns and forces him to give in. She's sent to a posh lady in Frankfurt, where she'll be a companion for crippled daughter Clara (Jessica Claridge) after school hours. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Альпийская сказка See more »

Filming Locations:

Krnica valley, Slovenia See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,579
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It wasn't a goof that Clara was standing after the wheelchair went down the mountainside. It was the shock of Heidi going over the edge that gave her the impetus to stand. It's all part of the storyline. See more »

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An uplifting & faithful adaptation of breathtaking execution.
23 August 2010 | by catalyst8-1See all my reviews

To keep this short & succinct: An awesome retelling of Spyri's novel, with minor deviations from the original story.

This (Paul Marcus' 2005) version of 'Heidi' starts with a gripping psychological intensity which it maintains throughout the duration of the film. To some degree this intensity is conveyed by the excellent shot composition evident during the entirety of the production, which masterfully captures both the geographic & emotional context of the narrative. The main credit however must go to Emma Bolger, whom I can only describe as a true prodigy of her craft.

One would expect fine performances from such practised professionals as Rigg, Chaplin & von Sydow, but it is only when the final credits roll that it becomes apparent how stunning Bolger's performance really is. This is a film where one does not need to suspend disbelief in order to be enveloped & caught up by the narrative, instead it is a truly superb synthesis of cast & crew working harmoniously to produce something truly valuable.

Do yourself a favour & see for yourself.


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