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Watership Down (1978)

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A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hazel (voice)
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Fiver (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ...
Bigwig (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
John Bennett ...
Capt. Holly (voice)
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Chief Rabbit (voice)
Simon Cadell ...
Blackberry (voice)
Terence Rigby ...
Silver (voice)
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Pipkin (voice)
Richard O'Callaghan ...
Dandelion (voice)
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Cowslip (voice)
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Cat (voice) (as Lyn Farleigh)
Mary Maddox ...
Clover (voice)
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Kehaar (voice)
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Gen. Woundwort (voice)
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Hyzenthlay (voice)
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Storyline

Based upon Richard Adam's novel of the same title, this animated feature delves into the surprisingly violent world of a warren of rabbits as they seek to establish a new colony free of tyranny and human intervention. Frightening and bloody in some scenes. Not recommended for young children. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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rabbit | home | seer | vision | runt | See All (76) »

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All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when they catch you, they will kill you... but first they must catch you.


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1 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den långa flykten  »

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SEK 4,411,305 (Sweden)
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Trivia

His voicing of Kehaar was the last film work for Zero Mostel. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Fiver finds a smoking cigarette. This means that men have been in the area within the last ten minutes (at most.) Yet all the rabbits are happily outside their holes, and Hazel is happily munching grass only a few feet away. The smoke smell alone should have put everyone on high alert, in addition to any lingering "man smell". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Long ago, the great Frith made the world. He made all the stars and the world lived among the stars. Frith made all the animals and birds and, at first, made them all the same. Now, among the animals was El-Ahrairah, the Prince of Rabbits. He had many friends and they all ate grass together. But after a time, the rabbits wandered everywhere, multiplying and eating as they went. Then Frith said to El-Ahrairah, "Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to ...
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Referenced in I'm Alan Partridge: Watership Alan (1997) See more »

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Bright Eyes
Composed by Mike Batt
Sung by Art Garfunkel
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terrific adaptation
10 November 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While not as good as the book itself, the movie was well done indeed. This was one of those books I lived in when I first read it, never has Richard Adams come close to what he achieved here, able to pull you the reader right down into the grass roots along with Hazel, Fiver and BigWig. And the animators did him justice...I don't have much to add here that others here haven't, save to say I enjoyed the classic voices used here a lot-from Joss Ackland as the 'Black Rabbit of Inle' to the late, much lamented Harry Andrews as Woundwort. Now THAT guy was as tough and ornery a character actor as ever I saw onscreen, and he did the brutal Woundwort character justice indeed.

Of course I recommend this-***1/2 outta ****, the book being ****.


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