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The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)

G | | Family, Mystery, Fantasy | 1974 (USA)
A mysterious, very old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the ... See full summary »

Director:

Lionel Jeffries

Writers:

Lionel Jeffries, Antonia Barber (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Crowden ... Mr. Clutterbuck
Dorothy Alison ... Mrs. Allen
Benjamin Smith Benjamin Smith ... Benjamin
Stuart Lock Stuart Lock ... Thomas
Deddie Davies ... Meakin, Mrs. Wickens' Servant
David Lodge ... Mr. Wickens
Madeline Smith ... Bella
James Villiers ... Uncle Bertie
Diana Dors ... Mrs. Wickens the Housekeeper
Rosalyn Landor ... Sara Latimer
Marc Granger Marc Granger ... Georgie Latimer
Garry Miller Garry Miller ... Jamie Allen
Lynne Frederick ... Lucy Allen
Laurence Naismith ... Mr. Blunden
Erik Chitty ... Mr. Claverton
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A mysterious, very old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the housekeepers to a derelict country mansion in the charge of the solicitors. One day the children meet the spirits of two other children who died in the mansion nearly a hundred years previously. The children prepare a magic potion that allows them to travel backwards in time to the era of the ghost children. Will the children be able to help their new friends and what will happen to them if they do?? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Follow him into fun, fantasy & fright -- he's a time-traveling ghost who's often out of sight.


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Trivia

On one occasion Lynne Frederick had to leave the set half a day early to attend the royal premiere of her film, Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972). See more »

Goofs

Although the house is extremely derelict and overgrown and supposedly no one goes near it the lawns are neatly trimmed. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Allen: You're too late, Mr. Blunden! You're always too late!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature many of the characters waving goodbye to the audience, with an associated caption showing each actor's name. However the character names are never shown in the opening or closing credits. Only the very minor characters are given a conventional "actor / character" credit. See more »

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Very good fantasy film.
28 December 1998 | by MartaSee all my reviews

A very good family film; its only flaw is that it's a bit too long. The film takes place in England, in approximately 1916. A widow and her three children are left destitute on the husband's death. The mysterious Mr. Blunden shows up and offers the mother a caretaker's position at an old country mansion which was partially destroyed by a great fire decades ago. The family goes to live in a small cottage on the estate. The two oldest children, Lucy and Jamie, are drawn into the unsolved mystery that surrounds the old fire. They find out that the two heirs to the estate, a boy and girl, were killed in the fire, but it might have been murder and not an accident. The film takes a fanciful twist at this juncture, sending Lucy and Jamie back in time to save the two orphaned kids. Will they succeed? And what will it mean to their own lives if they do? What does Mr. Blunden have to do with all this and why does he need Lucy and Jamie's help? I can only say, rent the movie and find out. It has a nice late Victorian air to it, and is steeped in atmosphere. Older kids and adults will enjoy it; my entire family loves this movie.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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