MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,022 this week

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Family | Romance  -  25 November 1980 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 2,143 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 2 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 02 Oct 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 11 Nov 2011
 
list image
a list of 41 titles
created 16 Oct 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Movie 1980)

Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Movie 1980) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Little Lord Fauntleroy.
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When a plane carrying various animals makes a forced landing on a desert island, the only chance to escape is to convert the plane into a boat.

Director: Charles Jarrott
Stars: Elliott Gould, Geneviève Bujold, Ricky Schroder
Comedy | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton
Scrooge (1970)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans
The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie 1996)
Family | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Adaption of the famous Oscar Wilde tale about a young American girl that helps a British ghost find rest and forgiveness.

Director: Syd Macartney
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Neve Campbell, Joan Sims
Silver Spoons (1982–1987)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Ricky Stratton is a spoiled rich kid who lives the life that many kids dream of, but he still suffers from the problems that many teens do.

Stars: Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Joel Higgins
Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Series 1976)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Stars: Preston Lockwood, Glenn Anderson, Jennie Linden
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Eric Porter ...
Colin Blakely ...
...
...
Carmel McSharry ...
Antonia Pemberton ...
...
John Cater ...
...
...
Ann Way ...
Miss Smith
...
Gerry Cowper ...
Edit

Storyline

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 <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Little Lord Fontleroy  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Reportedly, the film was the first time that the title role of "Little Lord Fauntleroy", a character who is an American boy, had been played by an experienced boy actor with an authentic American background. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, Mr Hobbs and Dick read Cedric's letter in New York, informing them of Minna's competing claim. Mr Hobbs shows Dick a newspaper article stating that the legitimate heir to Dorincourt had been found. The newspaper is dated January 24, 1872. This implies that the conversation between the two takes place after Christmas. In the following sequences, however, Mr Hobbs and the Tipton brothers travel to Dorincourt and spend Christmas there. Of course it is possible that the stay of the three at Dorincourt occurs over the next Christmas, but this would require almost a year to pass between Dick's discovery that Minna is a fraud and the revelation. This would be unlikely, given Havisham's and the Earl's urgency to resolve the matter. See more »

Quotes

Earl of Dorincourt: You call it maturity, the Yanks call it precosity, and I call it impudence.
See more »

Connections

Version of A kis lord (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Dem Golden Slippers
(uncredited)
Traditional
By James A. Bland
[Ceddie dances at the ball]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A well done television adaptation of the classic story.
5 May 2006 | by (California - Film Capitol of the World) – See all my reviews

With a star like Alec Guiness and a screenwriter like Blanche Hanalis (The Waltons) it can't be a typical made for TV movie, and it isn't.

Director Jack Gold manages to stay away from the cloying sentimentality and excessive wordiness of the badly written novel by F H Burnett. The relationship between the young boy (Schroder) who refuses to see the selfishness in his crusty and ill-tempered grandfather (Guiness) and the lonely old man, is developed reasonably well considering the budget and time restraints.

The plot concerns a young, fatherless boy, growing up on Hester Street in the low income district of New York as he rises to wealth and social position by the whim of an old man after his three sons die. Cedric's father, the youngest son, would have been the last to inherit his father's Earldom in rural England. But his unfortunate death when Cedric was very young, means the nine year old will be the next Earl of Dorincourt. His grandfather does not approve of his son's marriage to Cedric's mother, and sends for the boy to live with him, putting the mother up in a cottage on his estate because he fears what others will say if he does not provide for her in some way.

The boy is not told of his grandfather's disaffection for his mother and gradually thru his trust and fondness for his grandfather, the boy transforms the selfish Earl into a kinder, more compassionate person. When the Earl suddenly hears of another claim to the Earldom thru the illegitimate child of his middle son, Beavis, he is shocked and outraged to discover the boy and his mother are ignorant and mercenary.

Shamed by his grandson into doing good deeds, the old Earl realizes that he is not as good a man as he should be and begins to mend his ways.

The story is well told, and from a strictly critical viewpoint may be a bit too sentimental. But compared with the actual novel this film is derived from, the story has been made vastly more enjoyable by the removal of the hundreds of unnecessary adjectives in Burnett's badly written novel. Although the story was brought forward in time a few decades, this does not lessen the impact of the plot, or decrease the enjoyment factor. THe language used by young Cedric sounds a bit stilted in the mouth of Ricky Schroder, but it is the fault of the author and not the director.

I definitely feel this film is well worth viewing, so make some popcorn, call the kids into the living room and sit back and enjoy Alec Guiness, Ricky Schroder, Eric Porter and Patrick Stewart in LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD cyndibrook
Is this on DVD yet? Kris629
If not on DVD how about VHS? ashton_clark
my grandad aliciaisabel
Music Score - Allyn Ferguson Marcus Laubner
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980) Blu-Ray or DVD mmceach32000
Discuss Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?