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Heidi (1968)

Orphan Swiss girl Heidi cannot be cared for by her aunt Dete anymore and she is left in her grumpy grandfather's care up in the Alps where Heidi also meets young goat herder Peter.



(teleplay) (as Earl Hamner), (novel)

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Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Edwards ...
Richard Sessemann
Frl. Rottenmeier
Father Richter
Dr. Bernd Reboux
Zuleika Robson ...
Peter (as John M. Brown)
Karl Lieffen ...
Grandmother (as Elisabeth Neumann)
Miriam Spoerri ...
Aunt Dete
John Crawley ...
The boy


A young orphan is left to live with her estranged Grandfather, who lives like a hermit in the Swiss Alps. While he is cold and distant at first, he grows to love and cherish her; only to be faced with choosing her well-being over his own heart. Written by Scott Jarreau

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A Classic Children's Tale.


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17 November 1968 (USA)  »

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Heidi kehrt heim  »

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In 2012, Jennifer Edwards, who as a little girl played Heidi in this TV movie, told an interviewer on National Public Radio's program "All Things Considered" that even though she was ten years old and a UK resident, she still got hate mail from angry American football fans who resented that her movie interrupted the television airing of the 1968 game between New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders. See more »


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A Place of My Own
Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Music by John Williams
Sung by Carri Chase
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Charming version of a classic
23 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

I have yet to see the definitive version of Heidi, but none of the versions are bad at all(have yet though to see the Emma Bolger version). Personal favourite goes to the Shirley Temple film, not the truest to the book but it was funny, moving and with a lot of charm, the Jetlag animated film is beautifully done surprisingly and Noley Thornton's is handsomely rendered and well acted but is over-dramatic in places and some of the characters were too hostile(especially the grandfather, don't get me wrong I do like it still). This 1968 film is very good too, more could have been done with the grandfather with more of a character growth but thankfully he's not too one-dimensional and he is not too hostile either. In fact that the characters are more sympathetically treated than in the Noley Thornton version is most admirable, but a couple especially Fraulein Rottenmeier(from a truly beastly character to a love interest) are in some way too sympathetic and somewhat "sugar-coated". There is a fair bit of conflict in the book but in the film it's in the complex emotions of the grandfather and Clara being a brat at times. Despite all this, Heidi(1968) does deserve to stand on its own and stand on its own it does and very well. The Alps scenery is gorgeous and is photographed with care and love. John Williams' score is typically lush and beautiful, not overbearing the charming nature of the story in any way. The film is smartly and thoughtfully scripted and while the story is not always faithful in detail to the book it is in spirit(more so than the other three adaptations seen), maintaining a gentle heart-warming tone throughout without throwing in any dark or over-dramatic bits. The ending is as it should be, truly emotional. The direction is controlled but keeps the film moving in an engaging way, and the film is very well-acted throughout, especially by a radiant Jean Simmons and a crusty yet heartfelt Michael Redgrave. Jennifer Edwards' Heidi is not quite as interesting as Shirley Temple's(who brought more dimension to the character much more than one would expect) but is just as interesting, a very warm performance that sprinkles with strong-willfulness and charm. Clara could have been much more gentle and not so much a brat, but she is still very movingly and passionately played Zuleika Robson. Maximillian Schell is very memorable by how truly handsome he is here and he is a likable father figure here too. Peter and the grandmother are good too. To conclude, a charming and worthy if not definitive adaptation of one of the childhood classics. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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