After her parents are killed, a young girl is sent to London to live with her uncle and his family. Her uncle, who is a toymaker, secretly has the power to make his toys come to life, but ... See full summary »

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Caroline Milmoe ...
Melanie
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Uncle Philip
Kilian McKenna ...
Finn
Patricia Kerrigan ...
Aunt Margaret
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Francie
Gareth Bushill ...
Jonathan
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Mrs. Rundle
Georgina Hulme ...
Victoria
Marguerite Porter ...
Coppelia / Nymph
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Jeremy Kerridge ...
Chinaman (dancer)
Jayne Regan ...
Blank Puppet - dancer
Marina Stevenson ...
Cleopatra
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After her parents are killed, a young girl is sent to London to live with her uncle and his family. Her uncle, who is a toymaker, secretly has the power to make his toys come to life, but he also maintains dictatorial control over his family and intends to exercise the same control over the new arrival. Written by Anonymous

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19 November 1987 (Australia)  »

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Maaginen lelukauppa  »

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Unique and never-forgotten!
31 January 2005 | by (Bristol, UK) – See all my reviews

This film was shown on ITV in the UK on a Saturday night in 1988 or 1989, and enjoyed a 2-page feature in the main UK listings magazine of the day. Since then it has disappeared without trace, presumably because its mixture of fantasy, horror, mild eroticism, romance, and apparent children's fare never found a target audience. Even Caroline Milmoe, then 23, who played the 15-year old central character hasn't appeared in TV or films since 1995.

The story is unique and literally unforgettable. Having just procured a copy from the USA and seen it for the first time in 17 years, I'm amazed at how much I could still remember. Some of the scenes are beautiful and dream-like; others are down to earth kitchen-sink drama. And the whole takes place in a real world that isn't quite the real world, one where magic is an accepted part of life.

An incredibly imaginative and totally involving film.


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