This is a tale about two children who are put in a foster home, and then on Halloween they breakout and are rescued by their eccentric grandfather who is in a Halloween costume of an ... See full summary »
This is a tale about two children who are put in a foster home, and then on Halloween they breakout and are rescued by their eccentric grandfather who is in a Halloween costume of an eyeball. They then go to Georges island to try and find the treasure of Captain Kidd. Written by
Andrew Hazeden <Dover99@mailexcite.com>
The judge's chamber scenes were filmed in the Senior Common Room of Cochran Bay residence at the University of King's College, Halifax on a Saturday in the fall of 1988. The two short scenes took the whole day to film. (The exterior shot leading into the first scene with the judge is of another Halifax building). See more »
I feel this film was missed by the population at large. It is an absolutely wonderful little film. I suppose it falls under the genre of "Family Film" although it is a bit gritty in places (head chopping ghost pirates, after all!) and filled with funny moments that might be lost on younger children (nothing profane or rude, just minute and hilarious). All of the performances are truly top-notch, notably the Grandfather, Ian Bannen, the Teacher, Sheila McCarthy, and the Social Worker, Maury Chaykin. The latter two form a comedic duo that is absolutely hysterical! Of course you have your thrilling moments with the ghost pirates, but the real heart of this gem is the tender bond between the sensitive boy, George and his salty, sometimes harsh, Grandfather. The children are not just set pieces; they are vital and fully formed characters, full of charm and just enough trouble to motivate the plot. There is that signature Canadian feel to the comedic moments (which are plentiful). It is just twisted enough to make children think a bit harder and adults take notice. It has become a family favorite in our household, reserved to be watched only at Halloween to keep it fresh and always special. Please do your best to find and watch this terrific, forgotten children's' classic.
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