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The Witch's Daughter (1996)

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Zelda, a young woman whose husband is lost at sea, and her 12-year-old daughter, Perdita, live off the coast of Scotland on the small island of Skua. The islanders believe Zelda is a witch,... See full summary »

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Helen Hoggart
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Guy Cochrane ...
Billy Mackay
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Mr. Jones
Susan Gilmore ...
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Perdita (as Sammy Glenn)
Roy Hanlon ...
Will Campbell
Charles Jamieson ...
D.I. Hall
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Zelda
Stewart Preston ...
D.I. Petrie
Annie Louise Ross ...
Betty Tarbutt
Allan Sharpe ...
Jock Tarbutt
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Tim Webster ...
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Zelda, a young woman whose husband is lost at sea, and her 12-year-old daughter, Perdita, live off the coast of Scotland on the small island of Skua. The islanders believe Zelda is a witch, but her sister, Annie, says Zelda is just "different." Certain that her husband will never return, Zelda drowns herself. When lobsters, the islanders' main source of trade, suddenly disappear, the people decide that Zelda has put a curse on the sea for taking her husband's life. As a result, the orphaned Perdita is banned from school, taunted by other children, and branded by the community as "the witch's daughter." Written by Anon

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Nicely done, with exceptions
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This was one of my favorite books while growing up, and I was thrilled to see that someone had filmed it. Like most people who see a movie after they've read the novel, I was disappointed in some of the discrepancies; if you have also read and loved the book, you'll be surprised at the complete omission of Janey, Tim's blind sister, and at the end of the tale, which is considerably different (and much cheerier in tone). The cast was well chosen, except for Perdita, who I'd always pictured as much smaller, more vulnerable and haunted-looking. Actress Sammy Glenn is very appealing, but seems far too robust and cheerful to be playing this sensitive, frightened, lonely young girl.


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