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Heidi (1968)

Swiss orphan Heidi's (Jennifer Edwards') Aunt Dete (Miriam Spoerri) leaves her in her grumpy grandfather's (Sir Michael Redgrave's) care up in the Alps, where she also meets young goatherd Peter (John Moulder-Brown).


Delbert Mann


Earl Hamner Jr. (teleplay) (as Earl Hamner), Johanna Spyri (novel)
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Edwards ... Heidi
Michael Redgrave ... Grandfather
Maximilian Schell ... Richard Sessemann
Jean Simmons ... Frl. Rottenmeier
Walter Slezak ... Father Richter
Peter van Eyck ... Dr. Bernd Reboux
Zuleika Robson Zuleika Robson ... Klara
John Moulder-Brown ... Peter (as John M. Brown)
Karl Lieffen Karl Lieffen ... Sebastian
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Grandmother (as Elisabeth Neumann)
Miriam Spoerri Miriam Spoerri ... Aunt Dete
John Crawley John Crawley ... The Boy


Young orphan Heidi (Jennifer Edwards) is left to live with her estranged grandfather (Sir Michael Redgrave), who lives like a hermit in the Swiss Alps. While he is cold and distant at first, he grows to love and cherish her, until he's faced with choosing her well-being over his own heart. Written by Scott Jarreau

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A Classic Children's Tale.


Drama | Family


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Maureen McCormick was originally picked to play the role of Heidi, but through no explanation to her, the role went to Edwards instead. See more »


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A Place of My Own
Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Music by John Williams
Sung by Carri Chase
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Charming version of a classic
23 March 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I have yet to see the definitive version of Heidi, but none of the versions are bad at all(have yet though to see the Emma Bolger version). Personal favourite goes to the Shirley Temple film, not the truest to the book but it was funny, moving and with a lot of charm, the Jetlag animated film is beautifully done surprisingly and Noley Thornton's is handsomely rendered and well acted but is over-dramatic in places and some of the characters were too hostile(especially the grandfather, don't get me wrong I do like it still). This 1968 film is very good too, more could have been done with the grandfather with more of a character growth but thankfully he's not too one-dimensional and he is not too hostile either. In fact that the characters are more sympathetically treated than in the Noley Thornton version is most admirable, but a couple especially Fraulein Rottenmeier(from a truly beastly character to a love interest) are in some way too sympathetic and somewhat "sugar-coated". There is a fair bit of conflict in the book but in the film it's in the complex emotions of the grandfather and Clara being a brat at times. Despite all this, Heidi(1968) does deserve to stand on its own and stand on its own it does and very well. The Alps scenery is gorgeous and is photographed with care and love. John Williams' score is typically lush and beautiful, not overbearing the charming nature of the story in any way. The film is smartly and thoughtfully scripted and while the story is not always faithful in detail to the book it is in spirit(more so than the other three adaptations seen), maintaining a gentle heart-warming tone throughout without throwing in any dark or over-dramatic bits. The ending is as it should be, truly emotional. The direction is controlled but keeps the film moving in an engaging way, and the film is very well-acted throughout, especially by a radiant Jean Simmons and a crusty yet heartfelt Michael Redgrave. Jennifer Edwards' Heidi is not quite as interesting as Shirley Temple's(who brought more dimension to the character much more than one would expect) but is just as interesting, a very warm performance that sprinkles with strong-willfulness and charm. Clara could have been much more gentle and not so much a brat, but she is still very movingly and passionately played Zuleika Robson. Maximillian Schell is very memorable by how truly handsome he is here and he is a likable father figure here too. Peter and the grandmother are good too. To conclude, a charming and worthy if not definitive adaptation of one of the childhood classics. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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17 November 1968 (USA) See more »

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