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The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
"Le roi et l'oiseau" (original title)

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A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Martin ...
L'oiseau (voice)
Pascal Mazzotti ...
Le roi (voice)
Raymond Bussières ...
Le chef de la police (voice)
Agnès Viala ...
La bergère (voice)
Renaud Marx ...
Le ramoneur (voice)
Hubert Deschamps ...
Le sentencieux (voice)
Roger Blin ...
L'aveugle (voice)
Philippe Derrez ...
Le liftier / Le speaker (voice)
Albert Médina ...
Le belluaire / Le haut hurleur (voice)
Claude Piéplu ...
Le maire du palais (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lionel Charpy ...
(voice)
Jacques Colombat ...
(voice)
Robert Lombard ...
(voice)
Jean Mermet ...
(voice)
Vincent Montrobert ...
(voice)
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A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

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19 March 1980 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The King and Mister Bird  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,721 (USA) (21 November 2014)

Gross:

$9,554 (USA) (28 November 2014)
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Truly unforgettable
7 December 2005 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie only once in a cinema, as a child, shortly after it was released. I still remembered scenes and bits of it more than 20 years later! I recall feeling particularly moved by the poor people kept captive underground, which evidences that children's stories must not necessarily be devoid of suffering and injustice. On the contrary: this kind of plot may feed children's sense of indignation and thus ultimately contribute to a better world.

This film is one of those rare pieces of art that are a true explosion of fantasy that will capture a child's imagination completely, combined with an underlying message that will also fascinate adults.

I bought the superbly produced "Édition Collector 2 DVD" set (Zone 2) through Amazon France about a year ago and it has become one of the favorite movies of my 5-year-old son, too, although neither of us speaks a word of French...


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