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The Snow Goose (1971)

An aging artist who lives a solitary life as a lighthouse keeper in an Essex fishing village assists a young orphan girl in caring for a wounded snow goose.

Director:

Patrick Garland

Writers:

Paul Gallico (short story "The Snow Goose", published in 1940 by the Saturday Evening Post), Paul Gallico (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Harris ... Philip Rhayader
Jenny Agutter ... Fritha
Graham Crowden ... Recruiting Officer
Freda Bamford ... Postmistress
Noel Johnson Noel Johnson ... Naval Captain
William Marlowe ... Soldier
Ludmilla Nova Ludmilla Nova ... Jane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Garrie ... Wildfowler
Alvar Liddell Alvar Liddell ... Newsreader (as Alvar Lidell)
Declan Mulholland Declan Mulholland ... Wildfowler
Keith Smith Keith Smith ... Chemist
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... Tim
Gary Watson ... Narrator (voice)
Jack Woolgar Jack Woolgar ... Pinnace Captain
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At the beginning of the Second World War, in an Essex fishing village, Fritha, a young orphan, finds a snow goose wounded by shotgun. At the same time, she gets to know Philip Rhayadar, a hunched back artist who lives a solitary life in an abandoned lighthouse in the marshlands. With his help Fritha manages to nurse the bird back to flight. A fairy tale into which tragedy smuggles the day Philip decides to come to the rescue of British soldiers caught in the trap of the Dunkirk battle... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Plot Keywords:

goose | snow goose | artist | essex | orphan | See All (8) »

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Trivia

Jenny Agutter won an Emmy for her portrayal of Fritha. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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A lovely, yet heartbreaking film
4 July 1999 | by AldanoliSee all my reviews

A simple, beautifully-filmed story about a reclusive, hunchbacked lighthouse keeper (Richard Harris) and an orphaned girl (Jenny Agutter, whose beauty shines through her masculine clothing) brought together by an injured snow goose. The story is played out against the backdrop of early Second World War England, but the primary story is about these two outcasts and how their friendship, and their care for the goose, allows them to overcome the pain the rest of the world has inflicted on them. Tragic, unforgettable, yet never mawkish, and never a false note.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Snow Goose (#21.1) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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