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Napoleon and Samantha (1972)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  5 July 1972 (USA)
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Two young children, who, rather than part with an old pet lion who was once a circus performer, go on a perilous mountain trek to stay with a recluse friend.



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11-year old Napoleon lives with his grandfather. He has a good friend who is a clown at a circus. When the clown returns to Europe, Napoleon takes care of lion Major. But the grandfather dies and Napoleon runs off with the lion and his friend Samantha. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Two runaways and a guardian lion lost in the wilderness... AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE! See more »


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Jodie Foster was attacked by one of the lions during the filming of this movie, and still has the scars from the attack. See more »

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Nice little "G" movie, young Jodie Foster and young Michael Douglas star.
14 July 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

This 1972 movie, "Napoleon and Samantha" is about a couple of orphaned kids who have a pet chicken and a pet lion from the circus. They meet up with Danny (Michael Douglas) who helps them out.

The acting and filming are OK, it's just a good little G-rated movie with no sex, cursing, or violence. What I found most interesting are seeing Michael Douglas in his 20s and Jodie Foster about 8 or 9 when the filming was done, and mentally comparing that to their mega-star status today.

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