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The Little Ark (1972)

Two children are trapped in the tower of a church during a flood. Local fishermen attempt to rescue them.


James B. Clark


Joanna Crawford, Jan de Hartog (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Theodore Bikel ... The Captain
Geneviève Ambas Geneviève Ambas ... Adinda
Philip Frame Philip Frame ... Jan
Max Croiset Max Croiset ... Father Grijpma
Truus Dekker Truus Dekker ... Mother Grijpma
Lo van Hensbergen Lo van Hensbergen ... Mr. Tandema
Edda Barends Edda Barends ... Nurse Winters
Johan te Slaa Johan te Slaa ... Kok (as Johan De Slaa)
Lex Schoorel Lex Schoorel ... Sparks
Helen van Meurs Helen van Meurs ... Nurse
Guus Verstraete Guus Verstraete ... Pieters
Heleen Pimentel Heleen Pimentel ... Mrs. Ool
Riek Schagen ... Vrouu Brodfelder
Martin Brozius Martin Brozius ... Farmer
Maurits Koekoek Maurits Koekoek ... Farmer's Son


Two children are trapped in the tower of a church during a flood. Local fishermen attempt to rescue them.

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Amidst a rushing flood of adventure they learned more about love and courage than most people do in a lifetime.


Adventure | Family


G | See all certifications »






Release Date:

March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pequeña arca See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema Center Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Come Follow, Follow Me
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Meg Karlin (as Marsha Karlin)
Performed by Springfield Revival
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pretty decent youth film
25 October 2000 | by KELDER-3See all my reviews

While "zapping" through the channels on just another rainy autumn day I came across this film.

And I immediately liked the story, it goes about the big flood in 1953 which struck a big part of The Netherlands. And for me, as a Dutchmen, this off course was a reason to keep watching.

It's pretty good, with off course some small downsides to it, for starters, the Dutch actors have an pretty bad accent while trying to speak English, and on the other hand, the American actors have some trouble with pronouncing the Dutch names. Overall it's an OK youth film, with some "historical value" because it deals with such an disaster.

a 7 out of 10

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