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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 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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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 »

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Version of Heidi (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

A Place of My Own
Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Music by John Williams
Sung by Carri Chase
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The Heidi Game
5 July 2003 | by 09322See all my reviews

Check out the 1937 version starring Shirley Temple, you won't be disappointed!

This movie's claim to fame: On November 17, 1968, the New York Jets led the Oakland Raiders 32-29, with 50 seconds to go. It was the end of the hour, and even though the score was close, NBC switched over to the movie Heidi. In the next 42 seconds, Oakland scored two touchdowns to win 43-32. As a result, all NFL contests are now televised to their conclusion.


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