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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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James MacKenzie
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Willem Hooft
Patricia Gage ...
Mrs. MacKenzie
Dan MacDonald ...
Tom Cameron
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Kirsten MacKenzie
Charles Miller ...
Davy MacKenzie
Leo Wheatley ...
Harry MacKenzie
Richard Donat ...
Hans Hooft
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Jan Hooft
Eileen Pedde ...
Mrs. Hooft
Deborah Allen ...
Mrs. Cameron
Erin Kuttner ...
Jean Cameron
Nicola Lipman ...
Mrs. MacNeill
Gay Hauser ...
Mrs. Thompson
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Mr. Sinclair
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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 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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An 8/11/1990 Eugene Register-Guard article (page 40) about The Little Kidnappers mentions the TV movie was shot in Nova Scotia during the Fall (September 23 to December 21) and that Charles Miller was 5 years old (10/13/1988 to 10/12/1989), so the film shoot was ongoing during the window 9/23/1989 to 10/12/1989. The article also mentions that both boys were "found" in England and that Leo Wheatley was 8 years old. Chris Majka writes in Cinema Canada, November 1989, that The Little Kidnappers was shot in four weeks and that the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea docked in "Halifax harbor" during the shoot. Peace Magazine, Dec 1989 - Jan 1990, mentions the Coral Sea steamed into "Halifax Harbour" on September 21. See more »

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(at around 1h 8 mins) After the search has been called off due to a storm, the baby is lying on the floor of the cave mostly wrapped in a dark blanket with its right arm and shoulder and some of its left shoulder exposed and with a lit lantern hanging behind it on the wall of the cave. When the boys enter the cave with Granddaddy, the baby is completely wrapped in a lighter colored blanket, except for its face, and the lantern has extinguished and is standing at the baby's feet. See more »

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Davy: Granddaddy, please don't eat it, it isn't fitting.
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Remake of The Little Kidnappers (1953) See more »

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Good family film
24 May 2004 | by 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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