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Watership Down (1978)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Drama  |  1 November 1978 (USA)
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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 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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In December 2011, property developers announced that they were planning to develop Sandleford Park, near Newbury, Berkshire, in a real-life parallel to the fictitious development of this area which prompted the rabbits to leave the warren in the book and film of Watership Down. Richard Adams, the author of the book, plans to organise stiff opposition to the development. "I'm going to oppose it tooth and nail. It's a beautiful piece of open country and the most beautiful area south of Newbury. The very idea of building on it makes your gorge rise." See more »

Goofs

In a wide shot of Bigwig spotting Hyzenthlay and Blackavar in the distance, they appear as two rabbits with normal, erect ears. In the next shot, Blackavar's ears are shredded and drooping, as they should be. See more »

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[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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Bright Eyes
Composed by Mike Batt
Sung by Art Garfunkel
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Watership Down is Amazing
2 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am twelve years old and I personally loved it. It is one of the most touching films I have seen. All to do with these rabbits hardships. Some of it made me laugh whilst other bits made me cry, but thats just me. It is very good and also makes you think about what could be happening in real life. My dad used to take me shooting rabbits, but after Watership Down I never went again. The graphics may not be as high quality as some of the newest releases but don't let that put you off. It is a remarkable film and I loved it. Don't think that older films are no good because Watership Down is AMAZING! I think if you are under the age of eight then you might not like it due to some violence and gore, but eight plus with love it. Even adults will enjoy it.


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