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The Treasure Seekers -- Widower Richard Bastable (Nicholas Farrell, Chariots of Fire) faces financial ruin if he cannot complete his new invention, a refrigeration machine.


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3 May 1998 (Germany) See more »
Widower Richard Bastable (Nicholas Farrell, Chariots of Fire) faces financial ruin if he cannot complete his new invention, a refrigeration machine. | Full synopsis »
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A treasure, absolutely, a fine film based on a classic tale See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)
Camilla Power ... Dora Bastable

Felicity Jones ... Alice Bastable
Kristopher Milnes ... Oswald Bastable
Ben Simpson ... Noel Bastable
William Forde ... H.O. Bastable
Patsy Byrne ... Eliza

Nicholas Farrell ... Bastable
Tom Georgeson ... Bates

Ian Richardson ... Haig
Alexander Harding ... Albert-Next-Door

James Wilby ... Henry Carlisle

Gina McKee ... Mary Leslie
Roger Sloman ... Wiggins

Nigel Davenport ... Lord Blackstock

Peter Capaldi ... Jellicoe

John Sessions ... Redman
Tom Bowles ... Young Wincott

Donald Sinden ... Old Wincott

Keira Knightley ... The Princess
Janet Henfrey ... Governess

Dermot Keaney ... Burglar
Peter Jeffrey ... Wentworth
Ann Firbank ... Emily
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gavin MacFadyen ... Narrator

Directed by
Juliet May 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Olivia Hetreed 
E. Nesbit  novel

Produced by
Michael Forte .... executive producer
Margaret Glover .... associate producer
Alan Horrox .... producer
Yvonne Sellins .... line producer
Original Music by
Tony Flynn 
Cinematography by
David Higgs 
Film Editing by
Michael Pike 
Production Design by
Ian Russell 
Costume Design by
Pam Downe 
Makeup Department
Clare Le Vesconte .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jethro Ensor .... third assistant director
Cliff Pinnock .... first assistant director
Sacha Whitmarsh .... second assistant director
Art Department
Lisa McDiarmid .... stand-by art director
Jonathan Pilcher .... art department assistant
Lee Turnham .... props
Sound Department
Chris Ashworth .... sound mixer
Chris Pickhaver .... boom operator
Joss Gower .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Stewart Hadley .... gaffer
Nathan Mann .... camera operator
Jim Monks .... grip
Other crew
Garance Rawinsky .... location manager
Diana Sprott .... script supervisor

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UK:97 min (DVD)
Sound Mix:
Netherlands:AL (2009) (DVD)

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In 2014 two of the young actresses in this film, Felicity Jones and Keira Knightley, were nominated for Academy Awards in different movies.See more »


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A treasure, absolutely, a fine film based on a classic tale, 13 December 2010
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Dora (Camilla Power) is the oldest of five children of a widowed father (James Wilby). The family is in fairly dire straits. Father works but expenses are great and the clan is in danger of losing their home. Happily, there is an iron in the fire in that papa has a knack for invention and is working on a mechanical icebox. But, what if he does not complete it and who will provide the backing to make it come to fruition? The children, aware that the situation, decide that they will dig for a buried treasure. Its not found, but, they do meet a real life German princess, along with other new pals. Dora, who bears the heaviest burden, finds work outside the home as a secretary, in addition to being in charge of her younger siblings. Best of all, the kids meet a woman doctor (Gina McKee) who proves to be an invaluable friend. She is especially interested in the invention, for she knows that many hospital medicines need to be cool. Will it all work out for this hard-working, close-knit family? This is a lovely period piece, a true treasure for those who want to share quality films with their families. Although it is British, it has clear English and situations that are universal and the cast, especially McKee, is quite nice. Naturally, the Victorian setting and costumes are beautiful and the photography is also quite wonderful. The plot, at times, seems to dart from one new event to the next, causing a bit of confusion, but it works to a good end. Do seek out this movie, you cinema fans with high standards who also crave hefty entertainment and diversion, too. As stated, this one is a treasure, certainly.

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