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The Littlest Horse Thieves (1976)

Escape from the Dark (original title)
G | | Family, Drama | 11 March 1977 (USA)
When the owner of a Yorkshire coal-mine decides to mechanize to increase profits, the mine's pit ponies are scheduled to be destroyed. So, three children plan to steal them to keep them ... See full summary »

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Lord Harrogate
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Richard Sandman
Maurice Colbourne ...
Luke Armstrong
Susan Tebbs ...
Violet Armstrong
Andrew Harrison ...
Dave Sadler
Chloe Franks ...
Alice Sandman
Benjie Bolgar ...
Tommy Sadler
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Mrs. Sandman
Leslie Sands ...
Foreman Sam Carter
Joe Gladwin ...
Bert
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Ginger
Derek Newark
Duncan Lamont
Richard Warner
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When the owner of a Yorkshire coal-mine decides to mechanize to increase profits, the mine's pit ponies are scheduled to be destroyed. So, three children plan to steal them to keep them safe. But when they're caught, it's up to the mine owners and the miners themselves to decide what's right. Written by Kathy Li

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This was Duncan Lamont's final film before his death on December 19, 1978 at the age of 60. See more »

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A special movie for me
20 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie has a special place for me. As well as being a real tearjerker (if you love horses) all of the pit scenes were filmed at the end of my garden! My mum was an extra as was my grandfather and his brother in law and even his goat! Even 30 years on the "pit tip" were it was filmed is still there, although a little over grown. When I watch this film I can clearly remember the scenes where the children plot to free the ponies. The top of the hill were they lay spying was a grass covered ramp at the end of my paddock.

Other films were also made in and on the same road.. "The Price of Coal" and "The Gamekeeper" by Barry Heines. Yes the village I lived in and where my parent still live was in much demand in the 1970'sw


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