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1992 (USA) See more »
A crippled dwarf is forced to become jester to a tyrannical king, but when the king abuses a beautiful dwarf with whom the jester is in love the jester plots a terrible revenge. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael J. Anderson ... Hopfrog
Mireille Mossé ... Trippetta
Tom Hewitt ... The King
Paul Kandel ... Minister Torello

Reg E. Cathey ... Minister Gunther
Kelly Walters ... Minister Cicero
Thomas Derrah ... Minister Horatio

Patrick Breen ... Minister Vsquez
Glenn Santiago ... Minister Francis
Patrick O'Connell ... Minister Bacci
Robert Dorfman ... The Duke

Joan MacIntosh ... The Duchess
Cynthia Darlow ... Lady Celestina
Pippa Pearthree ... Lady Louisa

Betsy Aidem ... Lady Angela

Harriet Sansom Harris ... Lady Clarice
Norma Pratt ... Hopfrog's Family - Mother
Christopher Medina ... Hopfrog's Family - Older Brother
Daniel J. Fava ... Hopfrog's Family - Younger Brother
Melinda Keel ... Hopfrog's Family - Sister
Patrick Fava ... Hopfrog's Family - Baby
Andrew Asnes ... Masqueraders
Kathleen Kane ... Masqueraders (as Kathleen Andrea Kane)
Gail Gilbert ... Masquerader
Patricia Kenny ... Masquerader
Alexander Kashock ... Masquerader
Elizabeth Koeppen ... Masquerader
Victoria Lundell ... Masquerader
Thomas Patrick ... Masquerader
L. Bloustein ... Masquerader
Ivan Wolfe ... Masquerader

Directed by
Julie Taymor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edgar Allan Poe  story "Hop-Frog"

Produced by
Christopher Goode .... associate producer
Lindsay Law .... executive producer
Jane Leal .... associate producer
Kerry Orent .... producer
Barry Rebo .... executive producer
Tomio Taki .... executive producer
Julie Taymor .... producer
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
Cinematography by
Bobby Bukowski 
Film Editing by
Alan Miller 
Casting by
Judy Dennis 
Production Design by
G.W. Mercier 
Set Decoration by
Steve Booth 
Costume Design by
Julie Taymor 
Production Management
Amy J. Moore .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Apicella .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Mark O. Forker .... special effects design (as Mark Forker)
Nikolai Galitzine .... special effects technician
Neil Smith .... special effects design
Visual Effects by
Mark O. Forker .... visual effects co-supervisor
Abby Levine .... digital compositor
Barry Minnerly .... digital compositor
Neil Smith .... visual effects co-supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Burkhart .... director of photography: additional photography
Eric M. Klein .... dolly grip
Charlie McNamara .... rigging gaffer
Roger Ulbrich .... assistant camera: high definition
Casting Department
Chriss Williams .... casting assistant
Other crew
Craig Markey .... production coordinator


Additional Details

60 min

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Trippetta:[wakes up in her cage to the jangling of keys] Who's there?
[Hopfrog opens her cage door]
Hopfrog:Hurry! we haven't much time.
Trippetta:How did you get the key?
Hopfrog:Never mind... you wouldn't want to know.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
One of the best things ever broadcast. If only available on DVD!, 3 August 2002
Author: wadcorp from Kansas City

My wife & I saw Fool's Fire when originally broadcast on PBS. We were totally blown away. Talk about fresh & original. Quite a coup for Julie Taymor, who is more noted these days for the Broadway production of "The Lion King".

Having Michael Anderson (one of David Lynch's favorite actors) cast as the court jester, Hop Frog, while casting all the "normal" characters of the court with puppets was amazing. This is one of the most human stories. More pathos than the original E.A. Poe story, without loosing any of the original's impact.

With Julie Taymor's success with "Titus", there should be an enterprising soul willing to put this production out on DVD, where it can get the audience it deserves.

Is anyone listening?

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