FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family, Fantasy  |  24 October 1997 (USA)
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In 1917, two children take a photograph, which is soon believed by some to be the first scientific evidence of the existence of fairies.



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Based on factual accounts, this is the story of two young girls that, somehow, have the ability to take pictures of winged beings... which certainly causes quite a stir throughout England during the time of the first World War. Everyone, except the girls who think it's quite normal, are excited about this "photographic proof" that fairies exist... even the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini pay the girls a visit. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fairy Tale: A True Story  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,515,323 (USA) (24 October 1997)


£2,164,218 (UK) (10 April 1998)

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Edward Gardner: The girls will be herding the fairies back this way. I'm certain both girls are clairvoyant, and perhaps mediums as well. Together, they create an etheric field which allows the fairies to metabolize subtle amounts of ectoplasm into their bodies. That's how they're able to capture them on film. Do you see? No. Well, uhm... Well I don't expect you to understand.
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A Wistful, Visual Masterpiece!
27 October 1998 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Few films affect me as immediately as Fairy Tale: A True Story. It is visually stunning, excellently acted with star turns by Peter O'Toole and Harvey Keitel. The story is engrossing and you can decide for yourself whether it is about a hoax or not, but that is not important here. It captures the period of the early 1900s magnificently. Special effects are unbelievably realistic. Apparently Academy members never saw this film or it would have gathered a handful of Oscars. The cinematography should have garnered an Oscar as should the moving and glorious music score. I plan to purchase the CD. Despite the title, this film is more for adults and older children. It would not hold the attention of the younger ones.

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