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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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Wish I'd seen it in '78!
8 May 2005 | by (Phx. Arizona ("Arizona Smells Funny"!- Homer Simpson)) – See all my reviews

Well,on May 3rd,I finally got to see this film after hearing about it here sometime ago. I'm afraid i'll have to disagree with the person above about how bad it is. Without spoiling it for others,I have to say that the idea the young boys have for honoring the memory of Alby's grandfather,who had passed on a year before, by repairing hisonce great air balloon and hopefully getting it relaunched was really very touching. It's a testament to how much a lost love one means to us before and after they are part of our lives.

Miss Hepburn's role is quite simple and humorous and allows these young male actors to be the main focus of the film. As they should be. She plays junk-dealing hermit Miss Pudd,a woman who has not seen or done much in her long life. Enter the 2 boys wanting to buy parts,only to end up receiving her help.

If one saw this as a kid long ago and was disappointed,I feel they owe it a second look. After seeing it,I now wish I'd seen it then in '78 at age 10. I would have loved it even more. Obvious in studio green screen shots & all! (Although...and I think it's my age talking) the boys'constant repeating of "For Pete's sake!" 10 times,got a bit overdone.)

Otherwise,I'd give it a perfect rating.


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