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The Littlest Horse Thieves (1976)

Escape from the Dark (original title)
G | | Family, Drama | 11 March 1977 (USA)
When the owner of a Yorkshire coal-mine decides to mechanize to increase profits, the mine's pit ponies are scheduled to be destroyed. So, three children plan to steal them to keep them ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writers:

Burt Kennedy (story), Rosemary Anne Sisson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... Lord Harrogate
Peter Barkworth ... Richard Sandman
Maurice Colbourne Maurice Colbourne ... Luke Armstrong
Susan Tebbs Susan Tebbs ... Violet Armstrong
Andrew Harrison Andrew Harrison ... Dave Sadler
Chloe Franks ... Alice Sandman
Benjie Bolgar Benjie Bolgar ... Tommy Sadler
Prunella Scales ... Mrs. Sandman
Leslie Sands Leslie Sands ... Foreman Sam Carter
Joe Gladwin ... Bert
Jeremy Bulloch ... Ginger
Derek Newark Derek Newark
Duncan Lamont
Ian Hogg
Richard Warner
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When the owner of a Yorkshire coal-mine decides to mechanize to increase profits, the mine's pit ponies are scheduled to be destroyed. So, three children plan to steal them to keep them safe. But when they're caught, it's up to the mine owners and the miners themselves to decide what's right. Written by Kathy Li

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Three Daring Adventurers! Clever enough to outsmart a town...brave enough to save it!

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Family | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1977 (USA) See more »

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The Littlest Horse Thieves See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The film's working title was "Pit Ponies". See more »

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Heartwarming
11 August 2017 | by pcoles5See all my reviews

This is a cute and heartwarming little movie about kids who develop a fantastic heist together, after planning to steal some horses (which are actually just ponies I think) from a mine company's owner who, after deciding to fully mechanize his operation and destroy the horses which are now useless to him and obsolete. It is a great family film but very hard to find here in North America and I eventually tracked down a second hand copy on tape from a television broadcast in I think the 1980s. The movie was originally made in the 1970s if I remember correctly.

The kids are great and the story is fun and realistic and never boring, even though it's a pretty simple plot. The kids will love this one, trust me. Also keep an eye out for Alastair Sim, a really fantastic and under-appreciated actor best known for his role as Scrooge in what I think is the hands down best version of that story ever filmed. I give this one 9/10.


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