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December 2003 (France) See more »
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A fictionalized account of the young life of Hans Christian Andersen, a young man with a penchant for... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Kieran Bew ... Hans Christian Andersen

Emily Hamilton ... Jette / Little Mermaid

Flora Montgomery ... Jenny

James Fox ... Jonas Collin

Simon Callow ... Charles Dickens

Steven Berkoff ... Meisling

Mathieu Carrière ... Otto

Geraldine James ... Hans's Mother

Alison Steadman ... Mrs. Meisling

Edward Atterton ... Prince Christian of Denmark

Mark Dexter ... Edward

Hugh Bonneville ... Publisher
Lynda Bellingham ... Landlady
Miranda Pleasence ... Gypsy Washerwoman
Patrick Barlow ... Plopqvist

Caroline Harker ... Crown Princess / Chinese Empress
Cheyenne Rushing ... 1st Debutante
Astrid Leberti ... 2nd Debutante (as Astrid Ebert)
Sarah Cattle ... Chambermaid

Joe Prospero ... Francis Dickens
Charlie Hicks ... Edward 'Plorn' Dickens

Anna Maguire ... Matchgirl
Tom Strauss ... Grandfather
Carolyn Pickles ... Mrs. Dickens

Tamsin Egerton ... Kate Dickens (as Tamsin Egerton-Dick)
Aurelio Malfa ... Proprietor
Jean-Theo Jost ... Traveling Companion
Irshad Panjatan ... Flunky
Hans-Peter Deppe ... Stage Doorman
Michel Keller ... Courtier
Jan Henrik Stahlberg ... Cadet
Till Wiedemann ... Cadet
Dörte Freundt ... Courtesan

Esther Seibt ... 3rd Merprincess
Jeff Caster ... Shipping Company Official
Gauri DeBose ... Queen of Oude
Gerhard Haase-Hindenberg ... Ticket Seller
Hans-Heinrich Hardt ... Han's Father
Nina Lutjens ... Queen Victoria
Oliver Kraatz ... Prince Albert
Annicka Ehrl ... Littlest Princess
Bernd Raucamp ... Madhouse Warder
Robert Gallinowski ... Ship's Officer
Andreas Albrecht ... Call Boy
Gabriela Dazzi ... Dancer
Elena Sommer ... Dancer
Anton Reza Bernal ... Dancer
Summer ... Singing Voice of Jenny Lind (voice)

Directed by
Philip Saville 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hans Christian Andersen  book "The Fairy Tale of My Life"
Kit Hesketh-Harvey  screenplay

Produced by
Davina Belling .... producer
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer
Paul Lowin .... producer
Clive Parsons .... producer
David V. Picker .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jan Tilman Schade 
Debbie Wiseman 
 
Cinematography by
John Kenway 
 
Film Editing by
Alex Mackie 
 
Casting by
Gail Stevens 
 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
 
Art Direction by
Matthias Klemme 
Adam O'Neill (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Knut Loewe 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Hollowood 
 
Makeup Department
Heide Haß .... makeup artist
Trefor Proud .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
William Parnell .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Brett .... first assistant director
Sherard Jayasuriya .... first assistant director: second unit
Martin Krauka .... second assistant director
Stefan Lange .... second unit director
Till Martinsen .... second assistant director: second unit
Andreas Meszaros .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Friederike Beckert .... props store manager
Hubert Bock .... set dresser
Axel Eichhorst .... storyboard artist
Eckart Friz .... property master on set
Dierk Grahlow .... assistant construction manager
Dierk Grahlow .... construction manager: studio
Oliver Humke .... construction manager
Philipp Hübner .... swing gang
Christoph Kettenring .... prop buyer
Otto Kieckbusch .... stand-by props (as Otto Kiekbusch)
Robert Krüger .... scenic artist
Ralf Küfner .... construction manager
Maximilian Lichtner .... art department runner
Michael Lieb .... draftsman
Iris Paschedag .... art department assistant
Andreas Pfeiffenberger .... assistant property master
Astrid Poeschke .... set designer
Matthias Prange .... swing gang
Christian Schaefer .... draftsman
Kay Schilling .... assistant stand-by props
Torsten Schwartz .... supervisor plasterer
Sascha Strutz .... dressing props
Joey Weber .... property master
 
Sound Department
Manfred Banach .... sound mixer
Gordon Brown .... dialogue adr editor
Dean Humphreys .... re-recording mixer
Benjamin Krüger .... boom operator
Srdjan Kurpjel .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Karl-Heinz Bochnig .... special effects supervisor
Stefan Knauer .... special effects technician
Volker Lorig .... special effects technician
Endres Löber .... special effects
Armin Moritz .... special effects technician
Delroy Reid .... snow effects (as Del Reid)
Michael Steinbacher .... snow effects
Lucien Stephenson .... snow effects
Christoph von Lengerke .... senior technician
Michael Apling .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Dimitri Bakalov .... animator: Cinesite
Lizzie Bentley .... matte painter
Chas Cash .... 3D Animator: Cinesite
Kirsty Clark .... digital compositor (as Kirsty Lamb)
Debra Coleman .... digital compositor (as Debra Smith)
Harriet Donington .... bidding producer: Cinesite
Catherine Duncan .... digital effects producer
Andrew Francis .... HD mastering
Dan Harrod .... 2D compositor
Simon Haslett .... digital effects supervisor
Katja Hollmann .... scanning and recording operator: Cinesite
Jack James .... datacine supervisor
Matt Johnson .... digital effects supervisor
Jeremy Lazare .... visual effects 3D animator
Phillip Leonhardt .... digital compositor
Charlie Lovett .... CG animator
Dennis Lowe .... visual effects supervisor
Donal Nolan .... digital artist
Clare Norman .... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite
Sue Rowe .... senior compositor
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite
Tara Walker .... data operator
Karen Wand .... 2D digital compositor
Dan Ashton .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Lee Chidwick .... digital I/O (uncredited)
Artemis Oikonomopoulou .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Oliver Fritsche .... underwater stunts
Armin Sauer .... stunt coordinator
Rene Schobes .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerd Breiter .... assistant camera
Dirk Eichler .... lighting technician
Johnny Feurer .... first assistant camera a-camera
Rab Harling .... focus puller: special effects unit
David Hörnle .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Frank Marggraf .... gaffer
Jörg Mertink .... second unit: key grip
Peter Nix .... camera operator: second unit
Uli Schmidt .... assistant camera: second unit
 
Casting Department
Robin Hudson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe supervisor
Brigitte Friedländer-Rodriguez .... costume supervisor (as Brigitte Rodriguez)
Steve Hyams .... key costume stand-by
Juliana Stenzel .... crowd costumier
Emma Walker .... costume textile artist
Joanna Weaving .... costume textile artist
Carol Anne Wegner .... wardrobe assistant (as Carol Turney)
 
Editorial Department
Anya Dillon .... second assistant editor
Iain Erskine .... first assistant editor
Andrew Francis .... hd mastering: Cinestie Europe
Christopher Learmonth .... digital intermediate editor
Christian Wilde .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Mathias Braun .... location manager
Mathias Braun .... location scout
 
Music Department
Jan Tilman Schade .... music consultant (as Jan Schade)
Debbie Wiseman .... conductor
 
Other crew
Markus F. Adrian .... production assistant
Peter Altmann .... production assistant
Sven Sören Beyer .... choreographer
David Byrne .... assistant to producer
Karen Fulham .... script supervisor
Geoff Fuller .... rushes runner
Monika Hartley .... production assistant
Lily Lester .... assistant to producer
Karl Objartel .... production accountant
Paula Orndoff .... executive production assistant
Andy Taylor .... digital laboratory production coordinator: Cinesite
Bruno Tonioli .... choreographer
 

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier, 9 July 2003
Author: Creepy Girl from Catalina from Santa Monica, CA

As a huge fan of Andersen's life and work, I was extremely pleased to see this movie. I was the Steadfast Tin Soldier, sitting down, mesmerized, by the two parts of this show back to back. It is riddled with inaccuracies and there has been information left out to keep it squeaky clean (go to your local bookstore and find the huge biography of Andersen for the compelling story -- if these stories broke your heart, you haven't seen anything yet!)

But one fact remains true in his autobiography, biographies, and this mini-series: Hans Christian Andersen was a pure soul who wrote heart breaking stories of pure love. Andersen was the last -- and hands down the best -- of writing fairy tales and this movie lovingly recalls that, with a wonderfully touching performance by Kieran Bew, who I am eager to see in other productions as well.

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