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

TV Movie  |   |  Family, Adventure, Drama  |  29 April 1989 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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William Smith
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Victor Hazell
Samuel Irons ...
Danny
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Lord Claybury
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Mr. Snoddy
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Miss Hunter
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Rabbetts
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Captain Lancaster
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Tallon
William Armstrong ...
Springer
Ceri Jackson ...
Mrs. Clipstone
James Walker ...
Vicar
Phil Nice ...
Postman
Anthony Collin ...
Wheeler
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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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Samuel Irons (Danny) is the real life son of Jeremy Irons (William Smith) and grandson of Cyril Cusack (Doc Spencer). The idea to cast Samuel in the film was Jeremy's own idea. They had just finished acting together in a production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', and Jeremy thought the experience of a film set would be good for Samuel. See more »

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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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