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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)  »

Also Known As:

Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy  »

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" During the time you've been a Prince, you've become good at nothing "
2 March 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Albert Fleischman wrote the book and the Screen play for this movie. He did an excellent job as little was changed in the film version. Indeed, one can read the book and realize the screen adaption is nearly identical. Moreover, the casting of Truan Munro and Nic Knight as Prince Horace was a stroke of luck. Moreover, with Kevin Conway and Vincent Schiavelli providing the comedic humor, it allowed the film to sail unhindered and provided an atmosphere of frivolity for the entire family. It is interesting, the easiest actor to point out, namely George C. Scott was relegated to a bit part. The story as told here concerns a young prince (Nic Knight) who's bored with being the heir apparent and is angry at his father's inattention. Believing he is not wanted and considered a nuisance for all of his pranks, decides to escape the palace. Running away, he takes the court 'Whipping Boy' (Truan Munro) as a companion. Both are soon kidnapped by a couple of inept would-be-thieves who soon learn of the huge reward offered for them, plan to win it. The film proves exceptional, fun family entertainment and worthy of the Disney brand. Easily recommended. ****

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