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The Pied Piper (1972)

In 1349, while the Black Plague threatens Germany, the town of Hamelin hires a wandering pied piper (Donovan) to lure rats away with his magic pipe, but then refuses to pay for his services, causing him to lure the town's children away.

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Jacques Demy
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Buckley ... Mattio
Patsy Puttnam Patsy Puttnam ... Helga
Arthur Hewlett ... Otto
Paul Hennen Paul Hennen ... Karl
Peter Eyre ... Pilgrim
Donovan ... Piper
John Hurt ... Franz
David Leland ... Officer
Michael Hordern ... Melius
Jack Wild ... Gavin
Michael Goldie Michael Goldie ... Burger
Diana Dors ... Frau Poppendick
Cathryn Harrison ... Lisa
Peter Vaughan ... Bishop
Andre Van Gyseghem Andre Van Gyseghem ... Friar
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Storyline

Greed, corruption, ignorance, stupidity, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. A family of strolling players travel to Hamelin for the Mayor's daughter's wedding to the Baron's son. He wants her dowry to pay his army, while his father taxes the people to build a cathedral he thinks will save his soul. A local Jewish apothecary tries to find a treatment for the plague. The Priests charge him with heresy and witchcraft. A mysterious minstrel (Donovan), who joined up with the players and who has soothed the Mayor's daughter with his music, promises to rid the town of rats for a fee. The Mayor agrees, then reneges after the rats have been dealt with. In the morning, the plague, the Jew's execution, and the Piper's revenge come at once. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Come children of the universe, let Donovan take you away, far far away.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Musical

Certificate:

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Was released after the death of Hamilton Dyce (Papal Nuncio). See more »

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Featured in Jacquot de Nantes (1991) See more »

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Pretty awful
27 January 2019 | by gridoon2021See all my reviews

The Pied Piper is actually one of my favorite childhood stories, but this screen adaptation is, with the exception of the passable "exodus of the rats" sequence, pretty much a disaster. Clumsy direction, cluttered staging, goofy costumes, hammy acting and a ridiculously padded script make it look like a bad school play more than anything else. The title character, instead of the sinister figure I have always identified him as, comes across like an anachronistic hippie! 0.5 out of 4 stars.


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Country:

UK | West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Pied Piper of Hamlin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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