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FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

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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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24 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Fairy Tale: A True Story  »

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

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$14,036,249 (USA) (9 January 1998)
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The last film of Don Henderson. See more »

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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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Composed by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Arranged by Christopher Blood
Performed by the combined brass ensembles of St. Peter's & St. Oliver's Schools, York
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not really a children's film
16 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The kind of movie that could almost persuade you that fairies were real. The story is that of the Cottingley Fairy photographs of the 1920s (taken by two Yorkshire girls who later revealed they were fakes) – those fooled included celebrated writer Arthur Conan Doyle (played here effectively by Peter O'Toole) while cynics included magician Harry Houdini (a charming role for Harvey Keitel, who manages not to swear and keep his clothes on for once).

The supporting cast are excellent – Paul McGann as the girls' dad/uncle; Tim McInnerny and Bill Nighy as journalist snoops; and Phoebe Nicholls as the girls' mother/aunt. The girls themselves are played with ease by Florence Hoath and Elizabeth Earl. Mel Gibson has a tiny cameo at the end (I don't want to spoil it by saying as what).

A thumbs-up, too, for the special effects achieved in this movie. The movie certainly is sentimental and does seem to come down on the side of the unknown and imply that the girls' claims were true, but it is a terrific family film I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.


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