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The Magic Toyshop (1987)

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
Lloyd Newson ...
Artist
Jeremy Kerridge ...
Chinaman (dancer)
Jayne Regan ...
Blank Puppet - dancer
Marina Stevenson ...
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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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The violin playing is unconvincingly mimed throughout. See more »

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I agree -- where the heck is this movie?
11 January 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on the A&E Channel in 1991 and have bitterly regretted not taping it then. The late Angela Carter herself wrote the screenplay and included elements of magical realism not present in her novel, which made it even more intriguing and absorbing. The cast includes the great Tom Bell as Uncle Philip and the terrific Irish actors Kilian McKenna and Lorcan Cranitch (of "Cracker" fame) as Finn and Francie. It is a fantastic adaptation of a difficult, strange and wonderful book, and I wish SOMEONE at Granada or the BBC or wherever would release it on all regions DVD already!


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