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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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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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Release Date:

29 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daantje de wereldkampioen  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Mr. Snoddy: Captain Lancaster, I thought I made it crystal clear when I appointed you that I will not tolerate any form of corporal punishment in my school!
Captain Lancaster: I was perfectly within my rights. The boys were cheating.
Mr. Snoddy: Oh, were they indeed?
[goes from his office to the classroom]
Mr. Snoddy: Danny, Sid...
[they come to him]
Mr. Snoddy: The rest of you, sit down, sit down. Try to be good.
[shuts the door]
Mr. Snoddy: Now, on your word of honor, were either of you two cheating just now?
[Captain Lancaster looks on derisively]
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A worthwhile adaptation
4 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw "Danny the Champion of the World" in fifth grade right after we read Roald Dahl's novel. Portraying a widowed father and son resisting a developer's plan to expand his estate onto their property in rural England in 1955, the movie does a worthy job although it did change some things from the book. It made sense to have Jeremy Irons and his son play Samuel play father and son in the movie; as it was, I'd never heard of Jeremy Irons before watching this movie (and anyone who knows his movies knows that this was probably his most unusual role). It's also interesting now that I know that Victor Hazell was played by Robbie Coltrane, who more recently played Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies. All in all, a pretty good movie.

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