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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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Lord Claybury
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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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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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Fabously feel-good stuff!
28 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Some say it's a little overly sentimental and perhaps a little dated but to me this film ranks as one of the best family films going. Maybe it's the nostalgia of watching it as a child or how calm and wonderful village life looked to a young city slicker. It tells the story of Danny Smith and the life he lives as a mechanic's son whose home is a caravan. Jeremy Irons plays William Smith, a widower who raises his son a bit more unconventionally than most

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The plot is set around the Smiths' struggle against a greedy baron who wants the land that the garage sits on. After a few confrontations - one which ends up with the plucky Danny going after his father when he doesn't return from his midnight poaching - They come up with quite an ingenious idea to rid the village of the baron once and for all.

I can't praise this film enough, it's a perfect coming-of-age tale with a wonderful portrayal of a love between father and son. All he more charming when the leads are played by Jeremy and Samuel Irons. It's endearing and delightful to watch - Make sure you see it!


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