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The Unicorn in the Garden (1953)

A henpecked husband sees a unicorn outside his window--or does he?

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Based on James Thurber's short-story about a mild,hen-pecked man who, while preparing his breakfast, looks out the window and sees a unicorn eating flowers in the garden. He rushes upstairs to inform his domineering wife, and she accuses him of being crazy and threatens to have him put away. He persists that he did see a unicorn in the garden, and she phones for the authorities to come take him away. But when they arrive, with strait-jackets, they find the wife rambling and raving about seeing the unicorn, and promptly take her away. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Enhjørningen i haven  »

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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

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Henpecked milquetost husband: [nudging his wife awake, causing her to impatiently roll over to face him] There's a unicorn in the garden - - eating the flowers.
Shrewish overbearing wife: [irritably, in a loud contemptuous dramatically-paused "read my lips" tone] A UNICORN - - is a MYTHICAL - - CREATURE!
[huffily rolls back over and wraps the blanket tightly around her head]
Henpecked milquetost husband: [...]
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True Spirit of A Unicorn
21 November 2004 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Very few movies can truly capture the spirit of its subject. "The Last Unicorn" literally changed my life, my way of seeing the world, of understanding why people do what they do, and what is my role in it. But, before that, there was "The Unicorn in The Garden". It is not an ordinary movie, it is "sincere", like very few artworks turn out to be, mainly nowadays. It's not that computer generated graphics and super surround sounds are not a wonder to see and hear, but if you don't have a good story to hold everything in place, all you get are some minutes of entertainment that you will just forget after you watch the next movie. The opposite is not true, though. If you have a good story, and you know how to tell it, then it doesn't matter how your graphics look, or that the sound doesn't shake your guts every time something explodes on the screen, and the makers knew that. "The Unicorn in The Garden" has a wonderful story, it is extremely well told, with a good "timing", and even the graphics, that may seem "drafty", at first, have their purpose, they enhance the focus on the story and not in the action (no, it is not an excuse, it's easy to see that watching other U.P.A. productions of the same time). A must-see to all Unicorn lovers...


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