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Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World (1989)

Somewhere in England, in the Autumn of 1955, a widowed father and his son live an idyllic life together. Only their gas station happens to sit on a piece of land that a local developer ... See full summary »

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William Smith
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Victor Hazell
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Danny
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Lord Claybury
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Mr. Snoddy
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Miss Hunter
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Springer
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Mrs. Clipstone
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Phil Nice ...
Postman
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Somewhere in England, in the Autumn of 1955, a widowed father and his son live an idyllic life together. Only their gas station happens to sit on a piece of land that a local developer wants to buy. And when he won't take no for an answer, and sets government inspectors and social works onto Danny and his father, Danny and his father decide to get even with Hazell and his pheasant- shooting friends in a manner in keeping with their own family tradition. Written by Kathy Li

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29 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Daantje de wereldkampioen  »

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Many of the incidents and characters in the book and film were based on real life events and people from author Roald Dahl's own life. For example, he knew a butcher who taught him the art of poaching, and Captain Lancaster (Ronald Pickup) was based upon a real teacher whom Dahl had whilst in school. See more »

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Miss Hunter: Well, I'm convinced. And I can assure you, you won't be hearin' any more from the council. Danny, you're a lucky boy - you've got the most spiffin' father!
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Danny The Champion of the World was a great film!!!
9 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really liked this film, it is very charming, and one of the better Roald Dahl adaptations, Matilda being my favourite. I've read the book, and liked it very much as well, then again, I like anything by Roald Dahl. The film is slightly dated, though that can be forgiven very easily, as it's twenty or so years old. The scenes in the countryside were breathtaking though.

The screenplay was very good too, and the music was lovely. As for the performances, easily the best element of the movie, with Jeremy Irons and his son Samuel lighting up the screen in very charming performances as the father and son, and Robbie Coltrane a sheer delight as Lord Hazell. Fine support also from Michael Horden and Lionel Jeffries, and both of these men are fine actors, and Jeffries is just as impressive as a director, The Railway Children and the Amazing Mr Blunden spring to mind.

All in all, a great underrated film! 9/10 Bethany Cox


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