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The Little Kidnappers (1990)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama  -  17 August 1990 (USA)
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Loosely based on a '50's movie of the same name, it tells the story of two young orphan boys who travel by themselves from the Old country to join their father's family in Canada. There ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James MacKenzie
Willem Hooft
Patricia Gage ...
Mrs. MacKenzie
Dan MacDonald ...
Tom Cameron
Kirsten MacKenzie
Charles Miller ...
Davy MacKenzie
Leo Wheatley ...
Harry MacKenzie
Richard Donat ...
Hans Hooft
Jan Hooft
Eileen Pedde ...
Mrs. Hooft
Deborah Allen ...
Mrs. Cameron
Erin Kuttner ...
Jean Cameron
Nicola Lipman ...
Mrs. MacNeill
Gay Hauser ...
Mrs. Thompson
Mr. Sinclair


Loosely based on a '50's movie of the same name, it tells the story of two young orphan boys who travel by themselves from the Old country to join their father's family in Canada. There they encounter their stern disciplinarian grandfather who has alienated himself from some of his neighbors. There is particularly no love lost between the grandfather and his Dutch neighbors, who he generalizes as being responsible for his son's death in the Boor War. A side product of this animosity is that it is keeping apart the boy's aunt and her Dutch doctor suitor. The two boys change everything though when they find a young baby on the beach... Written by CD

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[Willem is dropping off Kirsten at her house]
Kirsten MacKenzie: This is far enough, Willem? Do not let my father see.
Willem Hooft: Well, if your father has any sense, he would've been asleep for hours.
[helps Kirsten off the buggy]
Willem Hooft: I can't let you go without telling you how much I enjoyed being with you tonight.
Kirsten MacKenzie: I never knew dancing could be so wonderful.
[they kiss]
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Good family film
24 May 2004 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

After spending time in a London orphanage, Harry and Davy arrive in 1903 Nova Scotia on a boat and are soon met by their grandfather James MacKenzie. He takes the boys to live with him, their grandmother and their Aunt Kirsten. James hates Boers because his son, the boys' father, died in the Boer Wars. He will not let Boers farm the land he and his son cleared. And his prejudices lead to Harry getting in trouble at school. Another possible complication: Kirsten is attracted to Willem, the doctor, who is a Boer.

James was not educated because he had to help out on the family farm. He is very religious--he won't allow pictures in the house and he opposes dancing. Though he thinks nothing of pulling a gun on his enemies.

The movie's title comes from the fact that the boys find a baby abandoned on the beach and decide to take care of it themselves, afraid of what would happen if they tell anyone, because they know what it is like to live in an orphanage.

This is a good family film but nothing spectacular. It focuses on traditional values and has a 'Little House on the Prairie' quality to it. James is stern but loving, though not as easygoing as Pa Ingalls. He expects much from his grandchildren and believes in corporal punishment. The boys' grandmother provides an appropriate balance, showing sympathy for the boys when it is needed but still faithful. Kirsten is quite appealing and somewhat attractive though not beautiful. And the boys are the center of the film.

All the acting performances were just fine, right down to the child playing the baby. I was surprised to see that Charlton Heston played James, because while he was good, he wasn't THAT good.

We need more family films like this.

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