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Heidi (1968)

Swiss orphan Heidi's Aunt Dete leaves her in her grumpy grandfather's care up in the Alps where she also meets young goatherd Peter.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Earl Hamner Jr. (teleplay) (as Earl Hamner), Johanna Spyri (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Edwards 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
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Storyline

A young orphan is left to live with her estranged grandfather, 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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heidi | orphan | alps | swiss alps | girl | See All (18) »

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A Classic Children's Tale.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heidi kehrt heim See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

This was the TV adaptation of "Heidi" that, through no fault of its own, became embroiled in a U.S. broadcasting brouhaha known to this day as the "Heidi Bowl." On Sunday, 17 Nov 1968, the NBC television network was scheduled to begin airing "Heidi" at 7pm Eastern Standard Time, following coverage of an American Football League game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders. The game ran long; however, with the Jets leading the Raiders, 32-29, NBC broke away to begin "Heidi" on schedule. During the unseen remaining minute of play, Oakland managed to score two touchdowns, and ended up beating New York, 43-32. Outraged football fans inundated NBC switchboards. The network expressed regret, saying it had intended to stay with the game until it ended, and blaming a series of miscommunications for the gaffe. A result of this fiasco is that National Football League television contracts require games to be televised in their entirety in the markets of the two teams. See more »

Connections

Version of Heidi (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

A Place of My Own
Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Music by John Williams
Sung by Carri Chase
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Heidi Bowl
20 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A very nice production of the classic Swiss tale is sadly only remembered for an infamous gaffe that NBC made in not delaying the broadcast until the final quarter of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game was finished. I still remember from my youth the newspaper headlines and this game being referred to as Heidi Bowl. Today there is no network who would break from a sporting event the way NBC did.

This was a British production with Jennifer Edwards in the starring role of the little orphan Swiss girl come to live with her grandfather played here properly stern by Michael Redgrave. He can barely support himself so he sends her off to the home of Maximilian Schell whose daughter Zuleika Robson is paralyzed to be a companion. Schell's a busy guy and the doctor Peter Van Eyck thinks that the paralysis might be a psychological reaction from a lonely child.

Apparently the English countryside stood in for the Swiss Alps. It served the producers well because I really did think it was the Alps. The cast is uniformly fine and the presence of Walter Slezak as the village priest, Jean Simmons as Robson's governess and John Moulder- Brown as the village kid whom Heidi bonds with also must be noted.

Parents of today this is a classic you can share with your kids and they can see it for its own merits not it's unfortunate and unasked for history.


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