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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Family, Romance  |  25 November 1980 (USA)
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Ceddie, Earl of Dorincourt's only grandson and heir lives in America with his mother. The Earl, getting old, asks them to come to England. Ceddie, now Lord Fauntleroy, is an adorable little... See full summary »



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Ceddie, Earl of Dorincourt's only grandson and heir lives in America with his mother. The Earl, getting old, asks them to come to England. Ceddie, now Lord Fauntleroy, is an adorable little fellow. The Earl, who at first was rather distant, becomes more en more fond of him. Then Minna shows up. She claims she was married to the Earl's eldest son and that her son, being their child, is the Earl's true heir... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <>

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The film has become a Christmas classic on German television and has been shown their broadcast network Das Ersteal almost annually, attracting millions of viewers every time. See more »


At the Christmas banquet at the end of the movie, Ceddie is starting to eat just before having to give his speech. After his speech, the tables are still empty and dinner is begin served. See more »


Earl of Dorincourt: You call it maturity, the Yanks call it precosity, and I call it impudence.
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Version of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) See more »


Oh, Dem Golden Slippers
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[Ceddie dances at the ball]
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Far and away the best version ever made!
24 December 2003 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Not only an excellent leading cast, Alec Guinness superb as the curmudgeony earl and Ricky Schroeder believably charming as the American boy thrust into the world of the English nobility, the minor characters are also exceptional: Eric Porter as the earl's steward and Patrick Stewart as the head coachman both particularly memorable. The pace of the film is also excellent, events happen and characters develop with interesting detail but without over emphasis or very drawn out scenes. Overall, in our family's top 20 or even top 10 fims. So, why on earth can't the studio issue this film on VHS or DVD! Considering the absolute rubbish that is now available even on DVD there must surely be a market for an excellent seasonal "family" film like this. We made a recording when this film was shown on TV sometime in the early 80s, since when it has been played at least twice a year for the last 20 years and both sound and vision have now deteriorated to a point where it is almost unwatchable. PLEASE! someone, pass this request on to the studio and get it issued on DVD. We know there are many families like us who would be happy to pay £15 or so for a new version to play for the next 20 years.

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