Deserted by their father and with their mother dead, nine-year-old Pablo and his little sister Maria refuse to be separated from each other by their caretaker aunt. With a cross as their ... See full summary »

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Frank Grimes ...
Captain
Kamlesh Gupta ...
Pablo
Laura Goodwin ...
Maria (as Laura Jane Goodwin)
Edward Kelsey ...
Hook
Sydney Bromley ...
Old Man
Patricia Conti ...
Filomena
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Aunt
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Policeman
Ann Way ...
Housekeeper
Brigit Forsyth ...
Isabel
Ruth Kettlewell ...
Dolores
Mario De Barros ...
Caballero de Alba
Lewis Gordon ...
Antique Dealer
Ricardo Palacios ...
Fruit Vendor
Fernando Villena ...
Priest
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Deserted by their father and with their mother dead, nine-year-old Pablo and his little sister Maria refuse to be separated from each other by their caretaker aunt. With a cross as their guide, they embark on a perilous, but ultimately rewarding adventure in search of a mystical gem that holds the key to happiness. They escape the fearsome metal hook of a pirate and are helped by a delightfully drunken Captain in their quest for the magic stone. Written by Anonymous

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A magic stone takes two orphaned youngsters on a dangerous treasure hunt that leads to unexpected adventures.

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Adventure | Family

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February 1988 (USA)  »

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A kristálykő legendája  »

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Sweet little movie
30 September 2015 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

1908. Nine-year-old Pablo (a solid and likable performance by Kamlesh Gupta) and his little sister Maria (adorable Laura Goodwin) are a pair of orphans who manage to escape from their evil guardian so they can search for a magical stone that holds the key to happiness. The kids face adversity in the form of menacing pirate Hook (robustly essayed with lip-smacking wicked relish by Edward Kelsey).

Writer/director Antonio Pelaez keeps the enchanting story moving along at a steady pace, offers a flavorsome evocation of the early 20th century period setting, and maintains a pleasant and uplifting good-natured tone throughout. The strong bond between the brother and sister gives this picture a winning surplus of genuine heart and warmth. Moreover, the sturdy acting by the capable cast keeps this film on track: Frank Grimes brings humor, depth, and pathos to his role as a drunken sea captain, Patricia Conti contributes an appealing turn as the helpful and generous Filomena, and veteran character actor Sydney Bromley has a lovely part as a kindly old man. Fernando Uribe's lush score does the harmonic trick. The sharp cinematography by John M. Stephens provides a nice sparkling look. A charming sleeper.


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