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 ...
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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
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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