The Whipping Boy (1994)

TV Movie  |  G  |   |  Family, Fantasy  |  28 September 1995 (USA)
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The king of tiny Bratenberg hopes in vain his lazy, unruly heir Horace will behave for the sake of his whipping boy, abandoned commoner Jemmy, whom he had absurdly arrested as later his kid... See full summary »


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(novel) (as Sid Fleischman) , (teleplay) (as Max Brindle)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Truan Munro ...
Prince Horace
Karen Salt ...
Andrew Bicknell ...
Blind George
Jean Anderson ...
Queen Mum
Nigel Betts ...
Lord Chancellor (as Nicolas Amer)
Georg Tryphon ...
Jane Hazlegrove ...
Mrs. Chestney


The king of tiny Bratenberg hopes in vain his lazy, unruly heir Horace will behave for the sake of his whipping boy, abandoned commoner Jemmy, whom he had absurdly arrested as later his kid sister Annyrose, who lands in jail. Alas Horace only regrets Jemmy who bravely fails to wince or whine when whipped for the prince's faults. After Horace's tomfoolery sabotages vital border negotiations with related King Philip's ambassador, he flees the palace with Jemmy. They get kidnapped, and Horace learns to appreciate his street-smart 'inferior' while growing up a little. The king realizes emotionally neglecting Horace is, the root of his pranks for attention. Written by KGF Vissers

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28 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy  »

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Great adaptation!
28 September 1999 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of the popular children's book, The Whipping Boy, succeeds very well!

I enjoyed the entire movie from beginning to end - it stays very close to the story, with an extra element or two added in. These do not divert from the original story but simply add to it.

The story is well-acted and authentic, the villains and the children are good fun. If you like a light but moving story, this is the movie for you!

A special note is that Max Brindle, credited for writing the screenplay, is actually a pseudonym for Sid Fleischman, author of The Whipping Boy. (See The Abracadabra Kid, Sid Fleischman's autobiography.)

Enjoy the movie! Although it was made for television, you can find it on video.

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