A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only ...
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Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked ... See full summary »
Dame Diana Rigg (TV's "The Avengers"), Billy Barty ("Willow") and Sarah Patterson ("The Company of Wolves") as Snow White star in this feature-length, live-action, musical version of the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
A cat belonging to a poor miller's son thinks up a great plan for bringing a title, wealth, and marriage for his owner. He begins to carry it out, using a few birds and rabbits as gifts for... See full summary »
In Europe several several centuries ago, a group of prisoners about to be executed are freed as part of the celebration of the upcoming marriage of the emperor's daughter, Princess Gilda, ... See full summary »
On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge ... See full summary »
A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only hope for her baby son, John. Written by
After years and years of searching, I am so proud to say, I do finally own a copy of this wonderful fairy tale. As a child of the 1980s, this was my absolute favorite and I rented it time and time again from my town library, in fact I rented it so many times that the tape wore out... um... Honestly, I have no idea who did that!
I can't help but love this movie! I saw it for the first time when I was six years old and have been an Amy Irving fan ever since. As it turns out, her entire family was involved in this production. Her mom, Priscilla Pointer plays the queen (which she must have had a blast doing) her brother David Irving is the director (a very nice guy, I'm so lucky to have spoken with him personally) and her stepfather Robert Symonds plays the miller to perfection.
Long before I knew the Irving connection I loved this movie. I grew up watching all the Faerie Tale Theatres and the Cannon Movie Tales but this was my all-time favorite. I grew up singing "Queen of the Castle" and "Miller's Daughter" and nothing, no matter how great a cinematic achievement will ever compete with this in my mind.
I suppose those movies that were special to us when we were children will always be perfect in our minds despite their flaws. But, I don't care. Rumpelstiltskin has no flaws. It's a lovely story. Wonderfully acted, beautifully sung, and lovingly directed. I spent years and years searching for this film, enquiring at every movie store and every rental place I ever came across. I cannot begin to say how much this movie meant to me.
Now I am actually a film student myself. Although this is a children's film and I'm in my twenties, this is one movie that I'll watch my entire life. Thank you, Amy, David, Priscilla, and Robert for inspiring me so much! I grew up watching this movie, and as a film student I know that no matter how many times I see "Casablanca" or "Lawrence of Arabia" or even "Mulholland Dr" it's the movies that I watched when I was a child that will always hold a permanent place in my heart. So what if I did have a thing for John Moulder-Brown? So what if I saw every Amy Irving movie as a direct result of this? Say all you want about Citizen Kane, it's the movies like these that you watch devotedly when you're six years old that can get you hooked for life. How can you thank someone for giving you the love of movies and inspiring you in your future career? It is a children's film, but one that I will watch until I'm ninety.
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