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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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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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  (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
Location Management
Garance Rawinsky .... location manager
Other crew
Diana Sprott .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
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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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Adaptation of Edith Nesbit's novel, 6 November 1998
Author: Kathy-11 from Jackson, TN

Charming adaptation of the Edith Nesbit novel about 5 motherless children in England during the turn of the century trying to help their financially strapped father-inventor who is on the verge of a breakthrough in refrigeration. Initially it appears that everything they try turns into a catastrophe but all their good intentions ultimately pay off and dovetail together. This is one of those rare family friendly films my husband and I can enjoy with the children without fear of bad language, violence, sexual innuendo or political correctness. I would recommend this film very highly. It is purchasable through Questar on 2 video tapes.

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