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Quincy's Quest (1979)

 -  Family | Fantasy  -  December 1979 (UK)
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It's the night before Christmas, and all toy store rejects are due to be tossed into the furnace. This includes Quincy, a most lifelike doll. In a last ditch effort to save himself and his ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Steele ...
Quincy
Mel Martin ...
Rebecca
Charles Morgan ...
Narrator
Frederick Schiller ...
Smithy
Lila Kaye ...
Griselda / Mrs. Claus
Tony Aitken ...
Lance Percival ...
Jack
Aubrey Woods ...
Mr. Perfect
Matt Zimmerman ...
Conn
Leo Dolan ...
Soldier
Willoughby Goddard ...
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James Woolley ...
Aide de Camp (as James Wolley)
Gretchen Franklin ...
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It's the night before Christmas, and all toy store rejects are due to be tossed into the furnace. This includes Quincy, a most lifelike doll. In a last ditch effort to save himself and his "unwanted" chums from incineration, Quincy goes on a long and perilous journey in search of the only one who can save them: Santa Claus. Written by <JustQuinn@aol.com>

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Tommy Steele puts on a brave face for the toys.
20 December 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Quincy's Quest is something that the internet was made for, it is something that is quite hard to get hold of and lives on more in memory than in physical copies of the movie being available. Shown on British TV in 1979, and not repeated since (to my recollection), Quincy's Quest was a film I couldn't track down for many years. I didn't know the name. I didn't know the stars. I just knew the basic plot and the impact it had on me when I was four years old. Almost thirty years later and I had finally gotten to grips with the internet, I'd become addicted to IMDb and I was even brave enough to ask a question or two on the fantastic "I Need To Know" board. Within minutes, someone told me the title that had eluded me for years and my own quest was over. Well, until I began to try and find a copy of it that I could happily watch in the 21st century. Thankfully, I got there in the end. And that's why it is a title that the internet was made for. People still talk about it, people still seek it out, people still love it. So there's just no way it would hold up to my childhood memory. Except it did.

The story is a simple one. Christmas Day is looming and Quincy (Tommy Steele) is in the toy store basement with the other imperfect, "reject" toys. The next morning they will all be thrown in the furnace. Well, unless someone can get all the way up to the very top of the toy store and ask Santa to grant them their wish (which is, obviously, to avoid their hot fate). That someone is Quincy, he's the one with the best chance but he must get to Santa Claus before he turns back to being just a toy at nine o'clock the next morning. And there's also an evil witch (Gretchen Franklin) out to just, ummmm, be evil and ensure that Quincy fails.

Toys coming to life when left alone – someone should really take that idea and make a smash hit out of it. Of course, it's impossible to watch such a tale nowadays without thinking of the likes of Toy Story but it's important to remember that toys have been "coming to life" as long as children have had them in their lives. It's a great concept, and one that most of us have thought about in our youth, and it's all very well realised here. There are a number of dolls on display, the simplest toys to show (what with them really just being actors and all), but there are also moments for toy trains, soldiers, robots, a spinning top and some LEGO. The production may be hampered by the budget and the effects available at the time but it all holds up really well.

Tommy Steele is excellent in the lead role, though he may be a bit toothsome and morally superior for some to enjoy, and he's supported by a cast who all do well portraying toys that join in with any opportunity to sing and dance. Yes, it's a musical too but the songs are just another enjoyable aspect of the thing and I genuinely enjoyed most of them. The first couple of numbers, especially, are great and Matt Zimmerman almost steals the show as Conn. Mel Martin is sweet as Rebecca and the shadow of the witch pops up often enough to instill fear into the hearts of children. Well, that's what it did to me back in 1979 and I admit that it still gave me an enjoyable chill today when associated with the memories.

Tommy Steele also helped write the film, with Robert Williams and Eric Merriman. Robert Reed does just fine as the director, pacing the thing perfectly and nicely staging each musical moment. It has, inevitably, dated somewhat but I'm amazed that I can end this review with the following sentence – this remains a wonderful Christmas story that children should still enjoy nowadays, even if they may not recognise some of the toys.


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