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Watership Down
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Writers:
Richard Adams (novel)
Martin Rosen (written by)
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Release Date:
1 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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.
Plot:
A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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(98 articles)
User Reviews:
The greatest adaptation ever... See more (149 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Hurt ... Hazel (voice)

Richard Briers ... Fiver (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ... Bigwig (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
John Bennett ... Capt. Holly (voice)

Ralph Richardson ... Chief Rabbit (voice)
Simon Cadell ... Blackberry (voice)
Terence Rigby ... Silver (voice)

Roy Kinnear ... Pipkin (voice)
Richard O'Callaghan ... Dandelion (voice)

Denholm Elliott ... Cowslip (voice)

Lynn Farleigh ... Cat (voice) (as Lyn Farleigh)
Mary Maddox ... Clover (voice)

Zero Mostel ... Kehaar (voice)

Harry Andrews ... Gen. Woundwort (voice)

Hannah Gordon ... Hyzenthlay (voice)

Nigel Hawthorne ... Capt. Campion (voice) (as Nigel Hawthorn)
Clifton Jones ... Blackavar (voice)
Derek Griffiths ... Vervain (voice)

Michael Hordern ... Frith (voice)

Joss Ackland ... Black Rabbit (voice)
Michelle Price ... Lucy (voice)

Directed by
Martin Rosen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Adams  novel
Martin Rosen  written by

Produced by
Martin Rosen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Angela Morley 
 
Film Editing by
Terry Rawlings 
 
Production Management
Dennis Gardiner .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Ray Mervin .... sound effects mixer
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Philip Campbell .... optical editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Moses Agyemang .... camera operator
Ron Boston .... camera operator
Alan Buchan .... camera operator
Les Green .... camera operator
Tony Haines .... camera operator
Denis Hall .... camera operator
Julian Holdaway .... camera operator
Bob Mintern .... camera operator
Christopher Morgan .... camera operator
Barry Orsborn .... camera operator
David Smith .... camera operator
Chris Williams .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Margot Allen .... trace and paint artist
Jose Amoros-Sanz .... trace and paint artist (as Jose Sanz)
Lynne Anderson .... trace and paint artist (as Lynn Anderson)
Alan Andrews .... trace and paint artist
Luciana Arrighi .... monster design
Ralph Ayres .... animator
Rodolfo Azaro .... background artist
Donna K. Baker .... trace and paint supervisor (as Donna Baker)
Richard Bell .... assistant background artist
Malcolm Bourne .... assistant animator
Joan Bradshaw .... trace and paint artist
Sue Branch .... senior background artist
Maggie Brown .... trace and paint artist
Errol Bryant .... background artist
Alistair Byrt .... assistant animator
Briony Catling .... trace and paint artist
Chris Caunter .... assistant animator
Vanessa Clegg .... assistant background artist
Bobby Clennell .... assistant animator
Steve Colwell .... checking
Phil Duncan .... animation supervisor (as Philip Duncan)
Phil Duncan .... senior animator (as Philip Duncan)
Helga Egilson .... trace and paint artist
Wendi Ellis .... trace and paint artist
Chris Evans .... animator
Bryan Foster .... animator (as Brian Foster)
Miles Foster .... checking
Bill Geach .... animator
Tony Guy .... animation director
Tony Guy .... senior animator
Robyn Hamilton-Garrett .... trace and paint artist
Gordon Harrison .... layout artist
Maria Hemmleb .... trace and paint artist
Ian Henderson .... senior background artist
Sandy Houston .... trace and paint artist
Spud Houston .... animator
Arthur Humberstone .... senior animator
George Jackson .... senior animator
Doug Jensen .... animator
Ray Kelly .... assistant animator
Ann Kennedy .... trace and paint artist
Ruth Kissane .... animator
Bill Littlejohn .... animator
Dave McFall .... trace and paint artist (as David McFall)
Brian Melling .... background artist
Elaine Mills .... trace and paint artist
Rosemary Morgan .... trace and paint artist
Dot Morse .... trace and paint artist
Barrie Nelson .... animator
John Perkins .... animator
Ted Pettengell .... layout artist
Josephine Poole .... trace and paint artist
Edric Radage .... animator (as Edric Raddage)
Priscilla Rhodes .... trace and paint artist
Denis Ryan .... background artist (as Dennis Ryan)
Alma Sachs .... color coordinator
Olive Scott .... trace and paint artist
Peter See .... layout artist
Paul Shardlow .... background artist
Alan Simpson .... animator
Carol Slade .... assistant animator
April Spencer .... assistant animator
Dennis Sutton .... trace and paint artist
Gary Sycamore .... senior background artist
Marie Szmichowska .... animator
Sheila Thompson .... trace and paint artist
Barbara Todeschini .... trace and paint artist
Marie Turner .... checking
Peter Turner .... trace and paint supervisor
Sarah Vincent .... assistant animator
Roger Way .... trace and paint artist
Karen Webb .... trace and paint artist
Rosemary Welch .... assistant animator
Colin White .... animator
Steve Woods .... assistant animator
Kevin Molloy .... assistant animator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Les Healey .... assistant editor
Roy Piper .... assembly editor
William Webb .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Mike Batt .... music arranger
Mike Batt .... musician: keyboards
Marcus Dods .... conductor
Brian Lintern .... music editor
Angela Morley .... music arranger
Angela Morley .... orchestrator
John Richards .... music mixer
Chris Spedding .... musician: guitars
Henry Spinetti .... musician: drums
Malcolm Williamson .... composer: incidental music
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator: prologue sequence (uncredited)
Howard Somers .... music recording assistant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Philip Alton .... production coordinator
Marilyn Barham .... production secretary
Ron Garrett .... production accountant
Jo Gregory .... production accountant
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
Judy Hayward .... production secretary
 

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Runtime:
101 min | Brazil:92 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (2012) | Finland:K-3 (2011) | Finland:K-8 (1995) | Finland:K-10 (1979) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:7 (cut) | UK:U | USA:PG | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
His voicing of Kehaar was the last film work for Zero Mostel.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In Holly's flashback of his time in Efrafa - which occurs long before the other rabbits have even heard of Efrafa - Bigwig can be clearly seen talking with the Efrafan rabbits (this was taken from a scene later in the movie).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...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bright EyesSee more »

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61 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
The greatest adaptation ever..., 20 November 2001
Author: (midnightrane@yahoo.com) from Deep South

I would never spoil the wonder that is "Watership Down". The book and the film are timeless classics. I think it is the greatest adaptation of a novel (any genre) ever made and one of the most under-rated movies of all-time. They managed to capture more of a long novel (nearly 500 fantastic pages) than most films can compile from a 200 page source work. The soundtrack is beautiful (I'll be getting one for a Christmas present--thanx for the info IMDb!!) and matches the mood of the scenes perfectly.

Viewers will recognize someone they know in nearly every rabbit and, with unbiased observation, probably see themselves. It is at once gripping and gentle, heart-rending and endearing. You will find yourself humming the tunes incessantly for months afterward. I recommend reading the book first (also try "Traveler" by Adams, another classic), then purchasing the film, then the soundtrack--wait, better yet, write your Congressman and demand a DVD release. I long for another wide-screen viewing (hint, hint)!

I have noticed multiple comments that state the movie is too violent for children (it is somewhat graphic--to it's credit). For very small children, I would whole-heartedly agree, however, I think it depends on the individual. I was lucky enough to have a Father who took me to see it at the theatre when I was a youngster (about 5) and it did not scar me or give me nightmares--rather I learned the importance of the symbiotic circle of existence and the reality and necessity of life and death. It is still a comfort to me in times of sadness. In addition, the movie is highly layered and something new can be gleaned with nearly every viewing.

I enjoyed it for years and only later realized many people had never even heard of it...I take every opportunity to recommend it and not once, not once, have I heard anything but thanks for the suggestion. Most of them end up owning the film. Both symbolic and blunt, "Watership Down" is a triumph of emotional proportions and is exemplary of what adaptations, animation, scoring and good film-making should be about. This wonderful adventure is an asset to any collection...10/10.

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