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Napoleon and Samantha (1972)

Two young children, who, rather than part with an old pet lion who was once a circus performer, go on a perilous mountain trek to stay with a recluse friend.

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Bernard McEveety

Writer:

Stewart Raffill
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Douglas ... Danny
Will Geer ... Grandpa
Arch Johnson ... Chief of Police
Johnny Whitaker ... Napoleon
Jodie Foster ... Samantha
Henry Jones ... Mr. Gutteridge
Zamba ... Major the Lion
Vito Scotti ... The Clown
John Crawford ... Desk Sergeant
Mary Wickes ... Clerk
Ellen Corby ... Gertrude
Rex Holman ... Mark
Claude Johnson Claude Johnson ... Gary
John Lupton ... Pete
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Storyline

11-year old Napoleon lives with his grandfather. He has a good friend who is a clown at a circus. When the clown returns to Europe, Napoleon takes care of lion Major. But the grandfather dies and Napoleon runs off with the lion and his friend Samantha. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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As They Steal Away, They'll Steal Your Heart See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Napoleon ja Samantha See more »

Filming Locations:

Canyon City, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Ellen Corby and Will Geer went on to play Grandma and Grandpa in the Waltons, rolls which lasted many years, until their deaths. See more »

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moving Disney offering
26 May 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

Disney family offering that was(if I am correct)Jodie Foster's first feature film appearance. Plot concerns Napoleon(Johnny Whittaker)who flees to the hills with his pet lion Major and friend Samantha(Foster)after his grandfather dies, assisted by college-dropout-turned-shepherd Michael Douglas. The drama comes from Napoleon and Samantha encountering various dangers in the hills of the Rockies, including the expected wild animals and a run-in with a dangerous pedophile(euphemistically referred to as a "psycho" in the film). A little unusual, for the film's dealings with death(the only human death I can recall in a Disney live-action film)and the above-mentioned child molestor, and not a little moving.


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