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The Pied Piper (1972)

Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. Minstrels go to Hamelin for the Mayor's daughter's wedding to the Baron's son. He wants... See full summary »

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Keith Buckley ...
Mattio
Patsy Puttnam ...
Helga
Arthur Hewlett ...
Otto
Paul Hennen ...
Karl
Peter Eyre ...
Pilgrim
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Franz
David Leland ...
Officer
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Melius
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Gavin
Michael Goldie ...
Burger
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Frau Poppendick
Cathryn Harrison ...
Lisa
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Bishop
Andre Van Gyseghem ...
Friar
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Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. Minstrels go to Hamelin for the Mayor's daughter's wedding to the Baron's son. He wants her dowry to pay his army while his father taxes the people to build a cathedral he thinks will save his soul. A local apothecary who's a Jew seeks a treatment for the plague; the priests charge him with witchcraft. One of the minstrels, who has soothed the Mayor's daughter with his music, promises to rid the town of rats for the fee. The Mayor agrees, then reneges. In the morning, the plague, the Jew's trial, and the Piper's revenge come at once. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Come children of the universe, let Donovan take you away, far far away.

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Drama | Fantasy | Musical

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17 December 1972 (UK)  »

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Was released after the death of Hamilton Dyce. See more »

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Referenced in La demi-saison (2014) See more »

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thank God that it stars Donovan
3 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

A previous reviewer said that this version is probably closer to the original version of the story than any other version with which we're familiar in this day and age. Given the portrayal of the bubonic plague, I would have to agree. And it only adds to the movie's quality that they cast Donovan as the title character. I should warn you that this movie is rather dark - but never gross - and not even trying to be "cute", so don't expect that. Also starring Jack Wild, John Hurt and Donald Pleasance.

One other thing is that "The Pied Piper" is (as far as I know) not officially available on video or DVD. It is available in the video/DVD store Movie Madness, here in Portland, Oregon. If you're ever in Portland, you should come to Movie Madness.


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