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Olly, Olly, Oxen Free (1978)

G | | Adventure | August 1978 (USA)
Two young boys and an eccentric old woman who owns a junkyard work together to build a hot-air balloon in time to launch it on the birthday of one boy's late grandfather.

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Two young boys and an eccentric old woman who owns a junkyard work together to build a hot-air balloon in time to launch it on the birthday of one boy's late grandfather.

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The Great Sandusky Floats Again
20 May 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Olly, Olly, Oxen Free finds Katharine Hepburn cast as an eccentric spinster probably not too different from Kate the Great herself in real life who befriends two boys and helps them on their project.

Quite the project it is too. One of the boys discovers an old balloon in with the family discards and finds out his grandfather who died the year before was an accomplished balloonist who used to entertain at aerial carnivals years ago and was billed as The Great Sandusky. Kevin McKenzie decides that the best tribute to grandfather is to float this balloon again and he and friend Dennis Dimster embark on the project.

Helping them along is Kate who is a spinster who runs a junkyard and who can't bear to sell her junk. But to give it away on an adventurous project like this, she's definitely down with that.

Kate Hepburn never did a film project that was strictly for children and she was a soul who'd try anything once. Olly, Olly, Oxen Free is a nice family film and it depends considerably on the personality of Kate Hepburn to sell the film.

For kids and fans of the great Kate.


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